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

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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How do you address a lack of lean support from leadership? What can be done?


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