Category: Leadership

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GA 337 | Making the Best of Bad Circumstances with Skip Steward

This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip reflected on the year thus far and on some of the different challenges COVID-19 has created. Skip also shared his take on dealing with confirmation biases. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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GA 336 | The Process of Process Improvement with Karen Friedenberg

This week’s guest is Karen Friedenberg. Karen, who has a diverse career background, broke down all the different ways she approaches process improvement. From DMAIC to change management, this episode is full of practical knowledge. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll

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GA 335 | Leveraging Creative Thinking with Erlin Kakkanad

This week’s guest is Erlin Kakkanad. Erlin explained the differences between critical and creative thinking, stressing the specific powers of creative thinking. If you’re looking for new ways to solve problems, this episode is for you. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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GA 334 | The Benefits of System Integration with Danny Bradford

This week’s guest is Danny Bradford. Danny described the power of system and B2B integration, what goes into a successful integration, and how these concepts apply to different industries. 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 333 | The Five Skills for Effective Leadership with Hugh Alley

This week’s guest is Hugh Alley. Ron and Hugh discussed the five core skills to being a good leader and boss, how it all relates to TWI, Hugh’s book, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  One of

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GA 332 | Lean, Fashion Photography, and E-Commerce with Adam Murfin

This week’s guest is Adam Murfin. Adam described how he uses lean in fashion photography, including the pre and post-production stages. This episode is a great example of how versatile and universal lean really is. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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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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Team Learning vs. Individual Learning

Gemba Academy has been helping people gain proficiency in Lean and Six Sigma through Green Belt and Black Belt certification courses for several years. These certification courses have always included one-on-one coaching via phone or video chat. We added a Lean Practitioner certification in 2020. Like the belt certifications, this

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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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