Gemba Academy Podcast

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GA 409
Continuous Improvement at Douglas Dynamics with Shannan Vlieger

This week’s guest is Shannan Vlieger. Ron and Shannan talked all about Douglas Dynamics and their management system, DDMS. Shannan explained the five levers of DDMS and why they’re important. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode…

GA 408
Lean and Life Coaches with Sarah Tilkens

This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens.  Sarah talked about her journey as a leader at GE and how she has embraced her true self in the process. Sarah also explained her interest in becoming a life coach. An MP3 audio version of this episode is…

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…

GA 406
Reflecting on 2021 with Ron Pereira

This week’s guest is Gemba Academy Co-Founder Ron Pereira. As we kick off the new year, Ron decided to share some of the observations he’s made and the lessons he’s learned recently, and how he’s going to live and lead in 2022. An MP3 audio…

GA 405
Elevating Constraints with Max Krug and Pavel Kuviarzin

This week’s guests are Max Krug and Pavel Kuviarzin. Max and Pavel gave us their take on the relationship between lean, processes, and The Theory of Constraints. They also touched on the dangers of falling too far into one particular CI “camp.” An MP3 audio version…

GA 404
Leading in a VUCA Environment with James Newell

This week’s guest is James Newell. Ron and James talked all about what VUCA means, how James introduced his team to lean, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes that inspire…

GA 403
Moving the Needle with Robb Holman

This week’s guest is Robb Holman. Ron and Robb talked about Robb’s most recent book, Move the Needle. Robb also shared some of the most powerful stories we’ve had on the podcast to date. Don’t skip this one. An MP3 audio version of this episode is…

GA 402
Leading From the Jumpseat with Peter Docker

This week’s guest is Peter Docker. Speaker, author, and former member of the Royal Air Force, Peter had a lot of very powerful leadership advice to share. He and Ron also specifically discussed Peter’s book, Leading From the Jumpseat. An MP3 audio version of this…

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The Gemba Academy Podcast is the premier podcast for all continuous improvement practitioners. Regardless of your prior experience, you will find lessons and insights applicable to both your professional and personal life.

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About Ron Pereira

Ron is an avid lean six sigma practitioner, and master black belt. His passion for improvement led him to help found Gemba Academy, the premium provider of Lean Six Sigma training.