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Norman Bodek and Respect for People

Yesterday I learned of the passing of Norman Bodek and I have been reflecting on the impact this great man had on my life and career – and the lean and business world in general. A quarter century ago I was a new operations manager trying to figure out how

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GA 349 | Lean and Sports with Richard Henderson

This week’s guest is Richard Henderson. Richard has applied lean in various settings, and he shared some of what he’s learned over the years. Richard also plays and coaches soccer, and he and Ron discussed how lean relates to sports. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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Simpler Definitions of Muri, Muda and Mura

In the Lean lexicon are three Japanese words that describe the nature of losses in a system. They are muri, muda and mura. In English these are often translated as overburden, waste and variation. The seven types of waste are well-known by now. For many organizations, the main focus of

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What is the Biggest Truth in Life?

Earlier this week one of my podcast guests turned the tables and asked me a few questions. I was fully prepared for a few traditional continuous improvement themed questions but, as it turns out, the first question, in particular, was very different from what I expected. She asked, “what is

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GA 348 | Communicating Respect in Lean with Tejas Munot

This week’s guest is Tejas Munot. Tejas shared what he learned during his time at VIBCO Vibrators, the importance of respect, and more. Tejas also interviewed Ron about HIS lean journey thus far. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: 

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Gratitude as a Performance Metric?

Each year during the November harvest festival, I take time to reflect on thankfulness. This year it’s less about appreciating the fruits of efforts, payoffs from sacrifices, or being grateful for seeds sewn long ago. It feels more like an exercise in surveying the land after a flood has washed

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GA 347 | Leveraging Deliberate Practice with Billy Taylor

This week’s guest is Billy Taylor. Formerly the Director of Manufacturing at Goodyear, Billy has an impressive amount of lean knowledge. From the value of diversity, to performance maps, to deliberate practice, you won’t want to miss this one. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download

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GA 346 | Navigating the Gemba with Jay Hodge

This week’s guest is Jay Hodge. Ron and Jay discussed the confusion around the word gemba and how gemba relates to kaizen. Jay has worked at GM, Toyota, and Caterpillar, to name a few, so he shared what it’s like to make these transitions. A MP3 audio version of this

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Lean Thinking and the Swiss Cheese Model

This pandemic has introduced many new terms and concepts into the popular consciousness. We work to flatten the curve. Policies now state that some businesses and jobs as essential. We are aware of the dangers of asymptomatic transmission. The “Swiss cheese model” is one such term. For those of us

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