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GA 370 | Improving Quality of Life with Lean with Rick Foreman

By Jessica Bush Updated on May 6th, 2021

This week’s guest is Rick Foreman. Ron and Rick covered a lot of ground, including Federal Heath’s lean journey, and creating a strong culture of continuous improvement. Rick also gave some advice on “selling” others on the power of lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Rick (4:01)
  • About our Kaizen Way course (4:42)
  • Rick’s background (6:56)
  • About Federal Heath (8:47)
  • Federal Heath’s lean journey (10:59)
  • Their book club (15:53)
  • The keys to achieving and sustaining culture (18:35)
  • Identifying a strong culture of continuous improvement (23:15)
  • A “sales pitch” on lean (26:04)
  • What to do when your leadership is not bought into lean (35:06)
  • Some of the challenges Federal Heath faces (49:27)
  • Rick’s final words of wisdom (55:24)

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What Do You Think?

How has continuous improvement positively impacted your life?

  1. Richard Shade

    May 6, 2021 - 10:05 pm

    Rick Forman lives Lean and as I can say first hand he pours into every level of the company. Great teacher and mentor.

  2. Jennifer Whipple

    July 20, 2021 - 8:55 am

    Wonderful podcast. I enjoyed listening to Rick and learned so much from him. He is so people focused and about relationships which drives the Lean culture. As someone who is new to the CI world and was hired to help change the Lean culture at my manufacturing plant, this podcast was hugely impactful. As a fellow Christian, I loved to hear his heart throughout this entire podcast. Excellent material!! Thank you!

  3. Adam Lawrence

    November 25, 2021 - 6:55 am

    I really enjoyed this episode, especially the sales pitch for Lean. Rick really brings this to life for me and I can feel his leadership and passion for the “why” of Lean. These are not tools, they are a way of life! Excellent podcast, thanks for bringing Rick Foreman to us!

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