GA 058 | Fueling Your Lean Journey with Rick Egelin

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Today’s guest is Rick Egelin, CEO of Fireblast, a fascinating company that builds fire training facilities. Rick and I discussed the company’s recent lean implementation, what’s going well, and what challenges they have faced.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What Fireblast is all about (2:15)
  • Rick’s background and how he first discovered lean (4:13)
  • A quote that inspires Rick (11:01)
  • How Rick introduced lean at Fireblast (12:55)
  • The hardest part of Fireblast’s lean journey so far (16:21)
  • Two of Fireblast’s continuous improvement success stories (22:00)
  • Fireblast’s goals for the future (25:11)
  • The advice Rick would give his past self (27:09)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Rick (28:35)
  • The best advice Rick has ever received (29:59)
  • Rick’s personal productivity habit (31:56)
  • What has surprised Rick in his last year of practicing lean (32:29)
  • What Rick does to recharge and refocus (33:24)
  • The skill Rick feels he needs to improve (34:38)
  • Rick’s final words of wisdom (35:47)

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