Category: Leadership

Total 484 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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GA 281 | Building an Online Community of Practice with Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross

This week our guests are Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross. Katie and Karyn explained how they’ve developed their K2C2 initiative, which seeks to build collaborative online communities of practice. 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 280 | The Values and Principles of Agile with Samuel Parra

This week’s guest is Samuel Parra. Ron and Samuel delved into all things Agile, including how it overlaps with lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Samuel (2:55) How Samuel got into continuous improvement (4:37)

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GA 279 | The Future of Lean with Olu Amodeni

This week’s guest is Olu Amodeni. Ron and Olu discussed the future of lean, including the roles robots and humans play in manufacturing. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Olu (4:12) How Olu discovered lean

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The Soul of a Company

Creating a strong company mission and vision is an important part of the Hoshin Kanri, or Policy Deployment, process.  All companies should have a vision.  All companies should have a mission.  And these vision and mission statements should be revisited annually to ensure they’re still accurate. But, according to Ranjay

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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 277 | Analyzing Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model with Randy Matusky

This week’s guest is Randy Matusky. Ron and Randy analyzed a change management model called Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model, which addresses six different factors that influence human performance. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Randy

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GA 276 | Using Lean to Enrich Lives with Ben van Asselt

This week’s guest is Ben van Asselt. Ron and Ben discussed the inspiring ways Ben and his team use lean at Lunet Zorg, an organization that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: 

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GA 275 | Leading vs. Serving with Sarah Tilkens

This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens. A Lean Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare, Sarah and Ron discussed the differences between mentoring, coaching, leading, and serving. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Sarah (1:53) Sarah’s background

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