GA 094 | How to Embrace Lean with Bob Rush

By Jessica Bush Updated on July 31st, 2021


Today’s guest is Bob Rush, a Lean Manufacturing Group Leader at Tesla Motors. Bob shares a lot of truly valuable advice based on his own personal lean journey, including some great stories that will both entertain and inspire you. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Bob’s background (2:30)
  • A quote that inspires Bob (3:40)
  • What Bob is up to these days (4:31)
  • All about Bob’s introduction to continuous improvement (5:31)
  • What Bob’s first kaizen event was like (8:10)
  • How it changed him (9:53)
  • How lean has impacted his career (11:30)
  • Some of Bob’s lean success stories (14:13)
  • What Bob has struggled with most in terms of lean (22:19)
  • How to get young people interested in lean (25:31)
  • What advice Bob would give to his younger self (27:26)
  • Advice Bob has for those at the beginning of their journeys (30:12)
  • Advice Bob has for experienced lean thinkers (31:12)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Bob (32:17)
  • The best advice Bob has ever received (34:30)
  • Bob’s personal productivity habit (35:46)
  • What has surprised Bob in his last year of practicing lean (37:47)
  • What Bob does to recharge and refocus (38:46)
  • The skill area Bob feels he needs to develop (40:08)
  • Bob’s final words of wisdom (41:04)

Podcast Resources

What Do You Think?

What aspect of Bob’s personal lean journey resonates with you the most?

  1. Mark Graban

    January 21, 2016 - 8:29 pm

    I’m looking forward to listening to this podcast tomorrow while I travel.

    I’ve enjoyed Bob’s posts on LinkedIn. We worked together to edit many of them together into an excellent chapter for the “Practicing Lean” eBook.

    Read an excerpt here:

    If you buy the eBook, 100% of the author proceeds go to the Louise Batz Patient Safety Foundation.

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