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GA 062 | Lean for the Long Term with Ken Rolfes

By Ron Pereira Updated on July 29th, 2021

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Today’s episode features Ken Rolfes, a longtime lean thinker, author, and AME affiliate. Ken and I discussed a variety of continuous improvement topics, but we mostly focused on Ken’s exciting new book, Lean for the Long Term.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What Ken is up to these days (2:36)
  • The quote that inspires Ken (6:04)
  • All about Ken’s new book, Lean for the Long Term (8:25)
  • The meaning behind the title (11:56)
  • The role of lean versus cost accounting (24:24)
  • Why leaders need to be multilingual (27:26)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Ken (41:09)
  • The best advice Ken has ever received (42:30)
  • Ken’s personal productivity habit (43:58)
  • What has surprised Ken in the last year (46:07)
  • The skill Ken feels he needs to improve (47:41)
  • Ken’s final words of wisdom (50:17)

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What Do You Think?

Can you identify with Ken’s take on continuous improvement? What do you agree with? What do you feel differently about?

  1. Bernardo Pinon

    June 16, 2015 - 1:14 pm


    I’m Bernardo and a Lear employe in Juarez, Mexico (LSS technician) and I was looking in the lean modules something about OEE implementation and i didn’t found anything. I’m very interested to implement this metric in my plant ’cause, we are just measuring effciency or performance, so I think the OEE is a very important issue and must to be part of the LEAN Culture!!! a video module of this will bel very usefull.

    Hope Your answer


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