Mark DeJong

Nigel Thurlow: (EP 98) Agility focuses more on delivering the right thing as quickly as possible when we look at the lean world.

In this episode, Nigel Thurlow, a leading expert on Lean and Agile approaches, Forbes top 10 noted author for his work as co-author of the book on The Flow System, talks about his background in Lean and Agile and so on. We discussed Lean Thinking, Agile, Scrum, and Complexity concepts in our conversation.

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Harry Moser: (EP 97) What is reshoring? Let’s learn it.

In this episode, Harry Moser, president of the Reshoring Initiative, who has over 55 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, including 25 years as president of GF AgieCharmille talks about manufacturing, supply chain, FDI, international trade, and so on. We talked about the Reshoring Initiative’s mission, why he started it, and why he’s so…

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Geoff Woods: (EP 96) “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

In this episode, Geoff Woods, Co-Founder & President of ProduKtive – A training company and community based on The ONE Thing, discusses how he became acquainted with ‘The One Thing.’ He talked about the process of choosing mentors and how mentors collapse time. We spoke about giving up thinking vs being responsible for continuing the hunt.

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Moeed Ahmad: (EP 95) Have you incorporated Lean concepts into your HR policy?

In this episode, Moeed Ahmad, an HR Consultant and HR Process Optimizer, a Future Focused HR Consultant and Unconventional Solution Finder, and Digital E-Learning specialist, discusses his childhood and experiences in South Africa. We spoke about how preemptive business and preemptive action are evolving from an older structure. He explained why the business is like a…

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Paul Deane, Jake Harrell, Alex Kurm: (EP 94) What did you learn from 2021, and what plans do you have for 2022?

In this episode, Paul Deane, who has over 25 years of expertise in lean, Jake Harrell, author of ‘Chasing Excellence,’ and Alex Kurm, who has 20 years of experience implementing lean in a variety of sectors ranging from nuclear engineering to food production, discuss Lean from several perspectives. We discussed virtual training, supply chain difficulties,…

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Audie Penn: (EP 93) Leadership is all about influence. It’s not about coercion.

In this episode, Audie Penn, owner of Audie Penn CONSULTING who has been consulting for over 30 years and delivering various services to multiple Fortune 50 companies in various sectors and organizations, discusses strategy deployment and the three Ds. He examined the relationship between functional and relational processes, among other things.

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Sathish Kumar Rangaswamy: (EP 92) Lean is not your KPI, it’s a tool for tackling your KPI.

In this episode, Sathish Kumar Rangaswamy, 13 years of practicing lean in numerous sectors and production streams, discusses his lean experience from start to finish. He explained why he thought listening to internal customers and receiving their input was a good way to establish a lean culture. He went through the expenses of the lead…

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Richard Sheridan: (EP 91) From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003

In this episode, Richard Sheridan, Entrepreneur, author, CEO, Chief Storyteller, and co-founder of Menlo Innovations, discusses the software equation of lean. He highlighted how systems with short communication and feedback loops perform better. Rich discussed how they created the culture in Menlo, where 20,000 people from across the world have been in the last two…

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Param Tripathi: (EP 89) Doing lean versus trying to be lean as part of who you are as an organization

In this episode, Param Tripathi, a learner of lean with 7 years of exposure to continuous improvement in healthcare, regulatory, and foodservice fields talks about things he learned in his process through practicing lean. He discussed why he believes developing people to think is the key to developing a culture of continuous improvement.

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Mitch Cahn: (EP 88) If adding value to customers is not your goal, you will be wasting your time.

In this episode, Mitch Cahn, president of Unionwear, a manufacturer of hats, bags, and apparel discusses the process of introducing lean in their plant and how Lean methodologies have aided them on their path. He described how Unionwear has been highly successful despite producing in one of the most expensive locations in the world.

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