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GA 396 | The Barriers to Developing a Lean Culture with Sara Ann Todd

By Jessica Bush Updated on November 4th, 2021

This week’s guest is Sara Ann Todd. Sara shared her thoughts on continuous improvement and organizational culture, specifically creating a culture of lean. She and Ron also discussed Respect for People, dealing with self-doubt, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Sara’s favorite quote (2:34)
  • Sara’s background (4:13)
  • How to develop a lean culture (6:09)
  • Dealing with a lack of support from leadership (9:19)
  • Some of the barriers to developing a lean culture (11:03)
  • A setback Sara has experienced as a practitioner (12:16)
  • Sara’s approach to coaching (14:33)
  • What Respect for People means to Sara (21:14)
  • What to do when a team member lacks confidence (24:17)
  • Advice for those just getting started (26:38)

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