GA 408 | Lean and Life Coaches with Sarah Tilkens

This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens.  Sarah talked about her journey as a leader at GE and how she has embraced her true self in the process. Sarah also explained her interest in becoming a life coach. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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From Lean Workplaces to Empowered Work Spaces

We could describe what lean management does as an exercise in threefold rearrangement. First, we rearrange what’s in our minds. This often begins with our attitude about what is our isn’t “my job”. It includes how we view our work, what adds value and what is wasteful. For leaders, it

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GA 407 | Choosing an Approach to Lean and Six Sigma with John Knotts

This week’s guest is John Knotts, Senior Coach at Gemba Academy. Ron and John took a deep dive into process improvement versus project-based approaches, and why the two can and should coexist. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The

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How to Let Small Things Bother You

An interesting New York Times article points out how many of us have become desensitized to the dangers of this pandemic over the past couple of years. This is due to the constant alarm bells that ring, without always seeing real danger up close. Ironically, this type of mild, repeated

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Continuously Lubricating Processes

As I push through my later 50s I’m finding that I value flexibility and balance far more than strength and endurance.  This is augmented in my case as I’ve always had very high calcium levels, and even after removing dairy and other sources I still deal with calcification of various

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Lean Thinking and Extending the Mind

It’s well-known that the the particular method for combining manpower, materials, and machinery known as lean manufacturing matured at Toyota in the latter half of the 20th century. Many organizations, both industrial and not, have benefited by studying and understanding the Toyota Production System as a set of general principles.

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Crafting Your Continuous Improvement Strategy

This article was written by John Knotts, a Senior Coach here at Gemba Academy Two months ago, we started our journey on building a culture of continuous improvement. We know that continuous improvement brings many benefits to an organization. We also know that leaders set the environment for a culture

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GA 405 | Elevating Constraints with Max Krug and Pavel Kuviarzin

This week’s guests are Max Krug and Pavel Kuviarzin. Max and Pavel gave us their take on the relationship between lean, processes, and The Theory of Constraints. They also touched on the dangers of falling too far into one particular CI “camp.” An MP3 audio version of this episode is available

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