GA 123 | How to Reflect on Your Lean Journey with Phil Roether


Today’s guest is Phil Roether, President Emeritus of AME. Now retired, Phil shared some stories from his impressive career and reflected back on the ups and downs of his lean journey thus far. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Phil’s background (2:37)
  • The quote that inspires Phil (5:01)
  • Phil’s introduction to continuous improvement (8:47)
  • Whether or not Phil had support from senior leadership (10:50)
  • The knowledge sources Phil used (14:24)
  • A story about Deming (16:08)
  • A story about Shingo (17:28)
  • A time when one of Phil’s ideas failed (19:20)
  • What Phil is most proud of regarding his lean journey (22:38)
  • Phil’s advice for the seasoned lean professional (26:26)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Phil (28:49)
  • The best advice Phil ever received (30:45)
  • Phil’s personal productivity habit (31:58)
  • What Phil does to recharge and refocus (34:07)
  • The knowledge area or skill Phil feels he needs to improve (36:12)
  • Phil’s final words of wisdom (40:19)

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