Category: Kaizen

Total 257 Posts

GA 421 | What Employees Want with Dan Johnston

This week’s guest is Dan Johnston.  Dan explained how his company WorkStep approaches hiring and retaining employees and what employees truly want, with clear parallels to lean, PDCA, and Respect for People. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The

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GA 407 | Choosing an Approach to Lean and Six Sigma with John Knotts

This week’s guest is John Knotts, Senior Coach at Gemba Academy. Ron and John took a deep dive into process improvement versus project-based approaches, and why the two can and should coexist. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The

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GA 398 | Lean Storytelling Part Two with Adam Lawrence

This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Adam is back this week to tell a few more inspiring lean stories we didn’t get to last time. Be sure to check out Episode 393 for Part One! An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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GA 397 | Lean Leadership, Respect for People, and the Military with Michael Austin Giles

This week’s guest is Michael “Austin” Giles. Austin explained what it’s like to practice continuous improvement in the military and how military leadership is similar to lean leadership. He also shared a great anecdote about making mistakes. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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GA 396 | The Barriers to Developing a Lean Culture with Sara Ann Todd

This week’s guest is Sara Ann Todd. Sara shared her thoughts on continuous improvement and organizational culture, specifically creating a culture of lean. She and Ron also discussed Respect for People, dealing with self-doubt, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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GA 393 | Lean Storytelling with Adam Lawrence

This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. We’ve had Adam on the show a few times before and have come to love his engaging and thought-provoking stories. This week Adam shared several different ones, each with a different message. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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GA 387 | The Anatomy of a Lean Leader with Rick Foreman

This week’s guest is Rick Foreman. Rick shared a powerful anecdote and explained what he’s been up to. Ron and Rick also broke down the ten essential traits of a lean leader.  An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The

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Don’t Change the Culture, Change the Cultural Inputs

Company culture, loosely defined, is a set of shared beliefs, values, purpose, practices, behaviors, artifacts, language, goals, and attitudes within an organization. Changing culture continues to be a hot topic in the workplace. While there might be a strong desire to make quick changes, one could be well served by

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