GA 183 | How to Approach Lean with Michael Ballé

This week’s guest is Michael Ballé. Michael recently co-authored a new book, The Lean Strategy. Ron and Michael discussed the contents of the book and why the idea of lean as a strategy is so controversial. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Michael’s background (5:41)
  • The quote that inspires Michael (10:39)
  • The thinking behind The Lean Strategy (11:38)
  • Why this idea is such a “hot button” issue (18:40)
  • What people miss when it comes to lean (23:43)
  • The changes the authors would make (30:19)
  • Michael’s favorite chapter (33:07)
  • The best way to read The Lean Strategy (34:16)
  • Other books Michael recommends (34:58)

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