GA 057 | The Lean Race with Dan Markovitz

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Today’s guest is Dan Markovitz, esteemed lean author and consultant. We discuss his upcoming book, and Dan shares some truly powerful stories that listeners at all stages of the lean journey can relate to.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What Dan is up to these days (2:08)
  • The quote that inspires Dan (3:10)
  • What running taught a young Dan about continuous improvement (4:54)
  • Why you should learn from Toyota, but not necessarily copy them (12:40)
  • An introduction to Dan’s upcoming book (14:53)
  • Why you need commitment and a new vocabulary to succeed (16:28)
  • The importance of focusing on value over cost (19:27)
  • Why the attention should be on the end goal (22:18)
  • NFI’s role in the book (30:39)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Dan (35:50)
  • The best advice Dan has ever received (39:30)
  • Dan’s personal productivity habit (42:02)
  • Something that has surprised Dan in his last year of practicing lean (43:48)
  • What Dan does to recharge and refocus (47:22)
  • The skill Dan feels he needs to improve (49:25)

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