GA 287 | The Wheel of Sustainability with Adam Lawrence

This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Adam explained the Wheel of Sustainability model he developed to help individuals and organizations sustain their improvement efforts. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The Shigeo Shingo quote that inspires Adam (2:25)
  • Adam’s background and what he’s up to these days (3:27)
  • Why Adam is so focused on sustainability (6:29)
  • Adam’s model and how he developed it (8:30)
  • A review of the steps (17:03)
  • How Adam teaches using this model (20:03)
  • The emotional side of lean (28:26)
  • Practical tips for sustaining lean (30:45)

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  1. Edward Kohl

    October 3, 2019 - 10:54 am

    Great job with explaining the sustainability model! So often with an event, we concentrate on the physical change and don’t spend enought time on necessary organization/leadership changes. It usually ends up being crammed into the last day, right before the report out. Adam moves this effort much earlier in the event and creates commitment from the people who must support the changes.

  2. Beverley Doody

    October 14, 2019 - 12:14 pm

    The real measure of success is sustaining the change – the wheel of sustainability focuses on just that. Improvements are hard earned and this tool enables companies and individuals to reap the benefits of these changes bringing more engagement and energy into the work environment, increasing both job satisfaction and the bottom line!

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