GA 051 | The Lean Transition with Ashley Bailey

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Today’s guest is Ashley Bailey, Managing Director of Klime-Ezee, a warehouse step manufacturer in Derbyshire, England. Ashley and I have been friends for a while now and I really enjoyed hearing him describe how he transformed his traditionally-minded organization into a lean-thinking one.

An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.  

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Ashley’s background and how he got into continuous improvement (2:22)
  • The quotation that inspires Ashley (5:40)
  • When Ashley first discovered lean (6:32)
  • The beginnings of Ashley’s lean journey (10:13)
  • The aspect of lean Klime-Ezee has found most difficult to adopt (13:07)
  • The aspect of lean that Ashley himself has found most difficult to adopt (15:50)
  • What today’s Ashley Bailey would tell his past self (17:13)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Ashley (19:33)
  • The best advice Ashley has ever received (20:07)
  • Ashley’s personal productivity habit (20:59)
  • What has surprised Ashley in his last year of practicing lean (22:22)
  • What Ashley does to recharge and refocus (25:21)
  • The skill Ashley feels he needs to improve (26:45)
  • Ashley’s final words of wisdom (27:46)

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