Month: July 2019

Total 8 Posts

GA 276 | Using Lean to Enrich Lives with Ben van Asselt

This week’s guest is Ben van Asselt. Ron and Ben discussed the inspiring ways Ben and his team use lean at Lunet Zorg, an organization that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: 

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The Lean Leader as Player-Coach

Player-coaches are far less common today than they were in professional sports a few decades ago. A few notable superstar players informally perform a similar role today, but under a dedicated head coach who guide the team. In modern business the player-coach is often an individual contributor who also serves

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GA 275 | Leading vs. Serving with Sarah Tilkens

This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens. A Lean Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare, Sarah and Ron discussed the differences between mentoring, coaching, leading, and serving. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Sarah (1:53) Sarah’s background

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The Guessing Game of Lean Leadership

“Eliminate slogans and exhortations asking the workforce for zero defects” or other such improvement targets, Dr. Deming set down as one of his fourteen principles. Yet this piece of advice ignored by even the most dedicated continuous improvement-practicing organizations around the world. There is something about the f a slogan

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What Happened to Blockbuster Nights?

Do you remember how you felt walking into a Blockbuster store to rent some movies on a Friday night?  I do.  It felt wonderful… curiosity mixed with anticipation created a powerful elixir.  Add in some junk food (for the kids of course) during checkout and the weekend was set! Now,

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GA 274 | Retiring from a Lean Career with George Saiz

This week’s guest is George Saiz. George walked Ron through his career and the observations he’s made over the years, including during his time as President of AME. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The sports quote that inspires

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Six-month Reflection Questions

A colleague recently suggested reflecting back seven years on what we learned and what we would do differently today based on that. Seven years is so long ago. It almost makes me dizzy to consider. The big issues and questions from back then seem minor or to have obvious answers

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