GA 424 | When Things Go Wrong: The Spirit of Kaizen with Adam Lawrence

By Jessica Bush Updated on May 18th, 2022

This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Adam told Ron about his trip to French Guiana to see a NASA rocket launch, and everything that went wrong. Adam also explained how he believes having a lean background helped him. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Adam (3:11)
  • A unique story about his brother and NASA (4:08)
  • Why he went to Guiana (6:10)
  • What happened when he arrived (19:27)
  • His tour of the rockets (25:44)
  • What they ate for dinner on Christmas Eve (34:32)
  • What happened at the launch (37:11)
  • What happened in Guadalupe (46:03)
  • How his lean background helped (51:22)

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What Do You Think?

Have you ever had a travel nightmare? Did a lean mindset help you?

  1. Jon Lawrence

    May 22, 2022 - 5:49 pm

    I was blessed to have Adam at the Webb launch with me. His spirit of having fun under any condition really helped to dissipate the pressure as we approached launch day! Our Christmas Eve dinner was a unique time which I will always treasure.

  2. John Smith

    May 25, 2022 - 9:32 am

    I have heard the previous episodes with this guest, and those have been valuable. This however was more like hearing your uncle tell a holiday story with little to no point. The idea of ‘what’s the worst that can happen’ seemed like was just going and doing things without proper preparation, and mostly just seemed like a tale of better be lucky than good. It was hinting at something bad actually going to happen but didn’t. It was fairly mundane travel story with plenty of stereotypes and an apparent mindset of being better than the people of the countries he was visiting. If only he was in the USA for all of this, he could get an uber and not an ox and cart to the airport. This might have had some actual nuggets of insight but was filled in with so much fluff it was hard to find them. This is the worst episode you have ever put out.

  3. Rick Foreman

    June 3, 2022 - 7:53 pm

    Adam does such a great job of taking the realities of life’s experiences and coming out with excellent lean wisdom. The ability to share in story form helps me retain the key principles of those daily small improvements that make up Kaizen. Excellent podcast and discussion!

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