Category: Kaizen

Total 213 Posts

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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Reflections on a Lean Futuring Discussion

Last week I met with a dozen Lean practitioners, leaders, consultants, and advisors for the purpose of understanding where we’re headed as both individuals and as a community.  We had a very deliberate and structured discussion over the course of about five hours.  There were many insightful points made and

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GA 273 | Lean as a Management System with Skip Steward

This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip continued their conversation from Episode 269, diving deeper into scientific thinking, Toyota Kata, management systems, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that inspires Skip (3:16) What

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GA 271 | Scientific Thinking as a Lifestyle with Panos Efsta

This week’s guest is Panos Efsta. Ron and Panos discussed the value of scientific thinking, confirmation bias, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that inspires Panos (1:46) Panos’s background (2:30) About Seeing to Understand (4:37) What

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GA 270 | The Simplicity of Lean with Philip Holt

This week’s guest is Philip Holt. Philip discussed the books he’s written, the concept of “mosquito leadership,” and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Philip (2:17) Philip’s background (3:31) Philip’s favorite Jon Miller story

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GA 266 | The True Value of Cost Reduction with Amery Williams

This week’s guest is Amery Williams. Ron and Amery discussed cost reduction and its role in continuous improvement, which can sometimes be controversial. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  Amery’s favorite quote (1:28) How Amery got started with lean

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GA 264 | Repeating the Process of Learning with Dr. Jeffrey Liker

This week we’re sharing an incredible keynote by Dr. Jeffrey Liker that he gave at KataCon5 earlier this year. Dr. Liker shared a wealth of information regarding his background, his lean journey, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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GA 262 | The Next Generation of Lean with Tyler Athey

This week’s guest is Tyler Athey. Tyler is at the beginning of his career but has accomplished a lot in just a few years. Ron and Tyler touched on a lot of different aspects of lean, including kanban systems, flow, culture, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode

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GA 260 | The Secret to Excellence with Oscar Roche

This week’s guest is Oscar Roche, Director of the TWI Institute in Australia & New Zealand. Ron and Oscar discussed the humanity of lean, the components of TWI, and more.  An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that made

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