Kevin Meyer

Kevin has over 35 years of manufacturing leadership experience in the automotive lighting, telecom electronics, and medical device industries. He has been responsible for lean transformations at Sylvania, Abbott Laboratories, Newport Corporation, and most recently as President of Specialty Silicone Fabricators. He guest lectures on business, manufacturing, and leadership topics at his alma mater Rensselaer as well as CalPoly.

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100 Articles

The Critical Thinking Value of Writing

By Kevin Meyer - February 9th, 2018

Almost three years ago I wrote about the power of writing – by hand. Sure, it’s easy to take notes on an iPad app or on a laptop, but the result is not nearly as beneficial as writing by hand. One of the studies I cited com

Lessons from Perfecting the Pour Over

By Kevin Meyer - January 12th, 2018

For years my wife and I had been fans of our Keurig.  Pop in a pod and in a minute you had a decent cup of coffee.  Simple, clean, and seemingly “lean” since the process was optimized with very little waste.  That change

Preparing for Reflection

By Kevin Meyer - December 8th, 2017

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey I’ve written before about how I’ve worked hard to develop a practice of reflection… daily, monthly, and a

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The Multi-Faceted Power of Walking

By Kevin Meyer - November 10th, 2017

Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years.  It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation.  Walking slowly on the beach for an ho

From Linear to Roundabout Thinking

By Kevin Meyer - October 13th, 2017

Ever since I visited Italy over a decade ago my inner geek has had a fascination with traffic engineering.  If you’ve visited Italy, or many similar places, you probably know why.  Traffic appears chaotic, thanks in part to wha

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Monuments to the Lean Journey

By Kevin Meyer - September 1st, 2017

Nearly two decades ago I had left the medical device industry to jump into telecom photonics equipment.  My team was responsible for the operations side of a facility that was a recently-acquired startup in the space, with a product t

Walking (and Swimming, Biking, Running) the Talk

By Kevin Meyer - August 11th, 2017

Many of you know Paul Akers of Fastcap.  He’s a very passionate lean practitioner, and Gemba Academy has several videos where we talk to him and tour his company. Almost two years ago I was talking to him and he told me how he,

Combating Shallow Information with Page-Turning Statistics

By Kevin Meyer - July 14th, 2017

Over the past decade or two I’ve become very aware of the importance of depth of knowledge, and how technology has changed our ability to obtain that depth.  Reading books and newspaper articles has been replaced with news sound

Scalable Learning, with a Lean Twist

By Kevin Meyer - June 16th, 2017

Last week John Haley and John Brown penned an interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review titled Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations.  They began with a bit of history on how scalable efficiency used

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Waste Whack-a-Mole

By Kevin Meyer - May 19th, 2017

Today is garbage day in my neighborhood, and like most people in California and probably most of the U.S. if not the world, our trash is neatly segregated into green, blue, and gray containers for pickup – yard waste, recyclables

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