GA 385 | Transcending the Artifacts of Lean with Robert Stone

This week’s guest is Robert Stone. Robert has worked at organizations with varying degrees of lean experience, and he shared what that’s been like. Ron and Robert also discussed why you can’t do lean “to” people. MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Robert (3:33)
  • Robert’s background (4:16)
  • How Robert heard about lean (7:08)
  • About lean and welding (9:01)
  • How Robert learned about lean (11:58)
  • Running kaizen events (14:41)
  • Dealing with resistance (17:48)
  • Implementing lean at his current company (18:38)
  • The contrast between his former and current companies (21:25)
  • What Robert would do differently (23:49)
  • His thoughts on suggestion boxes (25:24)
  • Robert’s advice for frontline workers (31:36)

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