GA 164 | The Lean Pilot with Todd Abshire

This week’s guest is Todd Abshire, an Instructor Pilot and Continuous Improvement Manager in the U.S. Air Force. Ron and Todd discussed how continuous improvement applies to aviation, and to the U.S. Air Force overall. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The quote that inspires Todd (2:55)
  • Todd’s background (3:44)
  • Todd’s continuous improvement journey (5:12)
  • How lean applies to being a pilot (6:49)
  • The kinds of methodologies they use (8:53)
  • Obstacles they face (9:55)
  • How they use Gemba Academy (11:16)
  • A project that left Todd feeling accomplished (12:43)
  • Who has influenced Todd (15:09)
  • Advice for those who have stalled on their lean journeys (16:32)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Todd (18:05)
  • The best advice Todd has ever received (20:14)
  • An experiment or project that didn’t turn out as expected (21:26)
  • A book Todd recommends (22:59)
  • The skill or knowledge area Todd wants to improve (28:06)

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