Category: Kaizen

Total 195 Posts

GA 235 | How to Embody the Spirit of Toyota with Jess Orr

This week’s guest is former Toyota employee Jess Orr. Jess reflected on her time there by sharing their “10 Attitudes” with us, which really capture the overall spirit of Toyota. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jess’s background (2:53) One

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GA 231 | How to Think Scientifically in Healthcare with Maurene Stock and Katie Melching

This week’s guests are Maurene Stock and Katie Melching of Mercy Health Muskegon. They shed some light on the organization’s lean journey, including their approach and how they learned to think scientifically. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Their backgrounds

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You Want Me to Do What!?!

  I coach a variety of teams in diverse industries in the area of continuous improvement. A common struggle is overcoming an obstacle that is often perceived as resistance to change. Improvement is Inherent Change for the better seems to be a natural aspect of the human condition.  The advances

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GA 226 | How to Practice Lean in the UAE with Dan Whittaker

This week’s guest is Dan Whittaker. Dan shared some interesting stories from his time working in Formula 1, and explained what it’s like applying lean in the United Arab Emirates. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Dan’s background (3:05) The

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GA 223 | How to Apply Lean to the Government with Justin Kenney

This week’s guest is Justin Kenney. Justin, who works for the state of Vermont, explained how he and his team leverage continuous improvement at the government level. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Justin’s background (2:15) The quote that inspires

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Set Full Sail

  Getting started with lean in an existing organization is a challenge on many levels.  Often some of the most important steps in a lean journey are not recognized. A common place people think they start is with 5S.  It’s an excellent way to begin improvement practices and daily routines

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GA 217 | How Gemba Academy Practices Lean with Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott

This week’s guests are our own Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott. Leslie and Jennifer shared what it’s like  practicing lean at Gemba Academy, specifically how we leverage Toyota Kata. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Their roles at Gemba Academy

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Instructions Aren’t Enough

During a recent airline emergency, cabin pressure was lost and the oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling.  Passengers donned the masks, but not quite as instructed. Mobile phone videos of the incident showed many passengers wearing the masks over their mouths, leaving their noses exposed to the thin air.  Breathing

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