Category: Kaizen

Total 232 Posts

GA 331 | Leading and Learning at Toyota with Katie Anderson

This week’s guest is Katie Anderson. Ron and Katie discussed Katie’s new book, the roles of a leader,  joy versus happiness, and much more. Katie also shared some special stories about esteemed Toyota leaders like Isao Yoshino and John Shook. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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GA 330 | The Power of 3P with Adam Lawrence

This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Ron and Adam talked all about 3P, including the steps involved and how it can be used for product innovation. Adam also shared a very interesting anecdote involving cat litter, corn flakes, and ceiling tiles. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available

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GA 329 | Gathering Lean Stories with Dewey Mauldin

This week’s guest is Dewey Mauldin. Dewey, who works for Daimler Trucks, shared some of the experiences that have stuck with him over the years. Dewey specifically touches on takt time, purchase processes, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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GA 324 | From Software Engineers to Face Shield Manufacturers with Radek Pietruszewski

This week’s guest is Radek Pietruszewski. To help fight COVID-19 in Poland, Radek and his software engineering colleagues figured out how to quickly manufacture thousands of face shields. He and Ron discussed the details of this impressive project. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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GA 319 | The Danger of Expertise with Audie Penn

This week’s guest is Audie Penn. Ron and Audie talked about the ways that lean can be used to help teams solve unique problems. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Audie (2:40) Audie’s background (3:13)

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GA 312 | Practicing Kata in Secret with Tracy Defoe

This week’s guest is Tracy Defoe. Ron and Tracy discussed why people practice Toyota Kata and continuous improvement in secret, and why it’s problematic. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Tracy (3:46) Tracy’s background (5:27)

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GA 311 | The Lean Construction Movement with Hal Macomber

This week’s guest is Hal Macomber. Ron and Hal discussed the lean construction movement, the Last Planner System, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Hal (2:43) Hal’s background (5:29) How lean was introduced

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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 304 | The Different Approaches to Training Leaders with Brent Weichers

This week’s guest is Brent Weichers of The Lighthouse for the Blind. Ron and Brent discussed the various approaches to training leaders, including the different hard and soft skills involved. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  Brent’s background (5:17)

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