Category: Kaizen

Total 221 Posts

GA 301 | Navigating Lean Trends with Karen Martin

This week’s guest is Karen Martin. Karen described some of the lean trends she’s observed, and how we can best prepare for and learn from them. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Karen (2:01) Karen’s

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GA 299 | Lean and Strategy in the U.S. Air Force with Reza Zeinalpour

This week’s guest is Reza Zeinalpour. Ron and Reza talked about applying continuous improvement in the U.S. Air Force, including how they integrate performance metrics, innovation, and virtual reality. 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 296 | How Toyota Uses Agile with Nigel Thurlow

This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow.  At the time of this recording Nigel was Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. He has since moved on from Toyota Connected.  Nigel explained how Toyota has used agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and

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GA 295 | What’s New at LEI with Jean Cunningham

This week’s guest is Jean Cunningham. Recorded at AME Chicago, Ron and Jean discussed what’s happening at LEI, some of Jean’s book recommendations, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A Lean Enterprise Institute update (1:59) Lean in

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GA 292 | The Financial Impact of Continuous Improvement with Ron Pereira

This week, Ron Pereira reflects on a blog post by fellow Gemba Academy Co-Founder Jon Miller. Ron reads the blog post, which centers on the financial benefits of continuous improvement, and then adds some thoughts of his own. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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GA 291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith

This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Denise (2:34) How Denise was introduced to continuous improvement

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Reframe Your Thinking

Part of my role at Gemba Academy is to coach customers along their continuous improvement journey.  Coaching sessions are typically brief phone conversations that help clients continually realign their efforts with organizational goals and personal objectives. Part of the coaching conversation involves acknowledging obstacles. Thoroughly understanding the obstacles between current

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