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Going to Gemba Isn’t Sufficient

By Ron Pereira - November 5th, 2021

As I’ve mentioned before I’m one of several coaches for a high school football team here in Texas. Like just about every other high school football team (and many middle school teams) we film every game and carefully dissec

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

By Jessica Bush - November 4th, 2021

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, a

Five Lean Questions for Rethinking Work

By Jon Miller - November 1st, 2021

The pandemic has caused many people to rethink their relationship to work. A record number of older workers are retiring early. More mid-career people are starting their own businesses. Both new and veteran members of the workforce are

GA 395 | Implementing Tiered Huddles with Sarah Cook

By Jessica Bush - October 28th, 2021

This week’s guest is Sarah Cook. Sarah broke down the concept of tiered huddles, why they’re worth doing, and how to get started. Be sure to check out our Lean Daily Management series for more on this topic. An MP3 audio ve

Lessons in Lean and Agility from United Airlines

By Jon Miller - October 25th, 2021

Plans are worthless, planning is everything. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. These and similar adages have been repeated by strategists, generals, and prizefighters over the

A Culture of Continuous Improvement Begins with Leadership

By Steve Kane - October 22nd, 2021

This is the second article, in a series of five, from Gemba Academy Senior Coach John Knotts. The remaining articles in this series will be posted over the next several weeks.  Last month, we began our journey on Building a Culture of

GA 394 | Practicing Kind Leadership with Karyn Ross

By Jessica Bush - October 21st, 2021

This week’s guest is Karyn Ross. Karyn has been on the show quite a few times and each conversation is packed full of lean insights. This time, Karyn discussed her new book, The Kind Leader, and what it means to practice kind lea

Is Problem Solving a Team Sport or an Individual Effort?

By Jon Miller - October 18th, 2021

Have you ever wondered, “Is this particular problem one that a team should tackle, or one that an individual should handle?” A [email protected] article shared the results of an experiment attempting to answer this question

GA 393 | Lean Storytelling with Adam Lawrence

By Jessica Bush - October 14th, 2021

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

How Would Taiichi Ohno Leverage Bezosism?

By Jon Miller - October 11th, 2021

An article in the Wall Street Journal titled The Way Amazon Uses Tech to Squeeze Performance Out of Workers Deserves Its Own Name: Bezosism argues that the way the company manages its warehouse workers is not people-friendly. Safety in

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