GA 097 | How to Apply Lean to the Military with Samuel Selay


Today’s guest is Samuel Selay, a Continuous Improvement Manager for the United States Marines Corps. Samuel and I discuss his continuous improvement journey and some of the incredible projects he’s done with the military. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Samuel’s background and how he learned about continuous improvement (3:28)
  • The quote that inspires Samuel (4:51)
  • Samuel’s first impression of continuous improvement in the Marines (5:50)
  • What Samuel and his team measure (8:54)
  • What has gone wrong in the past and what Samuel has learned (11:05)
  • About some of Samuel’s projects (17:49)
  • The Kaizen event Samuel held (23:20)
  • Samuel’s plans for the future (28:04)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Samuel (31:32)
  • The best advice Samuel has ever received (33:15)
  • Samuel’s personal productivity habit (34:40)
  • What has surprised Samuel in the last year (38:04)
  • How Samuel recharges and refocuses (40:14)
  • The knowledge or skill area Samuel feels he needs to improve (41:24)
  • About Samuel’s chapter in Mark Graban’s ebook (42:14)
  • Samuel’s final words of wisdom (44:57)

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