GA 355 | The Relationship Between Machines and Humans with Prasad Akella

This week’s guest is Prasad Akella. Prasad shared his take on the relationship between machine intelligence and human intelligence, and how they can work together in harmony. Prasad also stressed the importance of data and data literacy. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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GA 354 | Avoiding the Continuous Appearance Trap with Patrick Adams

This week’s guest is Patrick Adams. Patrick recently released a new book all about the concept of “continuous appearance.” He explained what it can mean for your organization and its culture, and how it can be prevented. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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How to Have a Happy New Year

The end of one year and the start of the next one is a time to reflect on a question; how can we make this year better than the last? What have we learned? What do we still need to learn to have a happy new year? Especially this past

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GA 353 | Creating the Jeep with Paul Bruno

This week’s guest is Paul Bruno. Paul doesn’t have a traditional lean background, but the fascinating research he shared on the story behind the creation of the Jeep is full of lean parallels and lessons. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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GA 352 | Defining, Executing, and Aligning Winning with Billy Taylor

This week we’re sharing the audio of our recent Billy Taylor livestream. Billy is a lean powerhouse and his presentation is packed with practical and profound wisdom. If you’re looking for some New Year’s inspiration, this episode is for you. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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GA 351 | The Biggest Truth and Lie in Life with Lili Boyanova

This week’s guest is Lili Boyanova. Lili shared some of what she’s learned about lean so far and her vision for the future. Lili also asked Ron some pretty profound questions about life and lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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GA 350 | Emphasizing the Process with Cristian Goyzueta

This week’s guest is Cristian Goyzueta. Cristian is relatively new to continuous improvement but had a wealth of knowledge to share. Cristian and Ron covered quite a few different topics, ranging from ISO to visual management and more.  A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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Better Living through Algorithms

I’ve been reflecting on an article from June of this year. It’s about Daniel Kahneman’s efforts to help organizations to become better at decision-making. He is a Nobel Prize winning psychologist and behavioral economist who retired from teaching to enter the consulting world. In the article he says he “expected to

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Norman Bodek and Respect for People

Yesterday I learned of the passing of Norman Bodek and I have been reflecting on the impact this great man had on my life and career – and the lean and business world in general. A quarter century ago I was a new operations manager trying to figure out how

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