How to Win with 80% Effort

There is an old Japanese saying that I have always liked. It is hara hachibu ni isha irazu (腹八分に医者いらず). It advises, “Eat until 80% full and you’ll need no doctor”. The equivalent English proverb is “Feed by measure and defy the physician.” It is often shortened to just “hara hachibu” or “80% full”. In

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GA 233 | How to Develop a Strong Lean Culture with Raye Wentworth

This week we’re sharing another powerful keynote from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit, this time by Raye Wentworth. Raye has been with New Balance for 34 years, and she shared how the company has developed their lean culture. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In

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GA 232 | How to Embrace the Higher Calling of Lean with Kevin Hancock

This week we’re sharing a moving keynote by CEO Kevin Hancock from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit. It’s impossible not to be inspired by Kevin’s refreshing take on lean and it’s true value. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Kevin’s

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GA 231 | How to Think Scientifically in Healthcare with Maurene Stock and Katie Melching

This week’s guests are Maurene Stock and Katie Melching of Mercy Health Muskegon. They shed some light on the organization’s lean journey, including their approach and how they learned to think scientifically. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Their backgrounds

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Midnight at the Gemba

In the late 1990s I was working in the Silicon Valley for a Fortune-50 medical device company, responsible for a drug infusion pump manufacturing operation.  I had just completed a crazy period where I had also “temporarily” (months and months…) led the advanced engineering department after that manager had transferred

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GA 230 | How to Become a Six Sigma Black Belt with Md Hasan

This week’s guest is one of our Six Sigma Black Belt recipients, Md Hasan. Ron and Md discussed his background, the process of becoming certified, SMED, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Md’s favorite quote (1:39) His background

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