Category: Education

Total 62 Posts

Team Learning vs. Individual Learning

Gemba Academy has been helping people gain proficiency in Lean and Six Sigma through Green Belt and Black Belt certification courses for several years. These certification courses have always included one-on-one coaching via phone or video chat. We added a Lean Practitioner certification in 2020. Like the belt certifications, this

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GA 310 | The Role of Motivation in Continuous Improvement with Brad Miller

This week’s guest is Brad Miller. Ron and Brad discussed how motivation factors into continuous improvement, and a modern motivation framework that could be useful to managers. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  Brad’s background (2:51) The importance of

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GA 293 | Approaching the Certification Process with Craig Johnson

This week’s guest is Craig Johnson. Ron and Craig discussed the learning and development realm of continuous improvement, as well as the pros and cons to various certification approaches. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes that inspire

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GA 285 | Learning Four Languages in One Year with Scott Young

This week’s guest is Ultralearning author Scott Young. Ron and Scott discussed the concept of ultralearning, and how Scott has used its principles to accomplish some truly impressive goals. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  Scott’s background (2:29) The MIT

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GA 281 | Building an Online Community of Practice with Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross

This week our guests are Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross. Katie and Karyn explained how they’ve developed their K2C2 initiative, which seeks to build collaborative online communities of practice. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires

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GA 265 | Finding Your Best Way with William Harvey

This week’s guest is Dr. William Harvey. William and Ron discussed William’s research on Toyota Kata, including his process and what he learned from other lean thinkers. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  How William first learned about lean

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GA 256 | Reflecting on a Career in Continuous Improvement with Jon Miller

This episode is Part 2 of last week’s conversation with GA Co-Founder Jon Miller. Jon discussed his career thus far, sharing some of the valuable lessons he’s learned along the way. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jon’s early days

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Teaching Thinking

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. – Shunryu Suzuki A couple of recent Harvard Business Review articles have discussed how higher education isn’t preparing graduates for the workforce and how engineers need experience in nonlinear thinking. There’s an interesting relationship between

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GA 244 | How to Teach Kata in the Classroom with Mike Rother

This week’s guest is Mike Rother. Mike actually interviewed Ron for this episode, and the two of them discussed scientific thinking and Ron’s experience facilitating a kata workshop for kids. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: About kata in the

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GA 230 | How to Become a Six Sigma Black Belt with Md Hasan

This week’s guest is one of our Six Sigma Black Belt recipients, Md Hasan. Ron and Md discussed his background, the process of becoming certified, SMED, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Md’s favorite quote (1:39) His background

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