Mark DeJong

Jamie Flinchbaugh: (EP 82) Organizations that focus on tools vs organizations that focus on people.

In this episode, Jamie Flinchbaugh, an accomplished Entrepreneur, Consultant, and co-author of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean: Lessons from the Road,’ with 30 years of learning-oriented experience spanning a range of roles across extraordinarily diverse industries and functions, discusses the importance of knowing the tools and using the skillset. He illustrated why he thought people…

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Jake Harrell: (EP 81) How do you create a thriving community with a culture that is constantly striving to improve?

In this episode, Jake Harrell – The Funniest Lean Guy, Author of ‘Chasing Excellence’, and LinkedIn meme superstar discuss how he got into lean in the beginning, where he was an organization where they’re picking on the people, not the process and blaming the people and not the process. He discussed his years of leadership…

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Bob Rush: (EP 80) There are no experts in lean; only those who have spent more time doing it.

In this episode, Bob Rush, who has more than 40 years of manufacturing expertise and more than 30 years of management and lean techniques experience in sectors ranging from disk drives and computers to lasers and eventually electric cars, talks about his path from the beginning. He talked about how he utilized what he’d learned…

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Deondra Wardelle: (EP 79) The importance of a productive environment.

In this episode, Deondra Wardelle, a leader, organizer, corporate trainer, licensed health coach, problem solver, motivational speaker, and continuous improvement professional with 20 years of experience in lean talks about her journey from the beginning. We discussed how do we create habits of understanding. Wardelle talked about how she got started with root cause racism…

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Mike De Luca & Nick Katko: (EP 78) Accounting vs. Lean Accounting

In this episode, “Practicing Lean Accounting” Authors: Mike De Luca, Principal and Owner of Torre Consulting, and Nick Katko, President and Owner of BMA, discuss the importance of lean accounting for lean companies. They spoke about “lean accounting” in terms of accounting, payroll, and paying suppliers. They both showed why lean accounting is better than…

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Clare DiFrisco: (EP 77) Let’s Learn Lean and Culture……

In this episode, Clare DiFrisco, Founder of Cannsult Inc. and a continuous improvement expert with over 20 years of experience, discusses improvements in People, Process, and Performance. We spoke about the operational side of things and what aspects would make it effective, as well as the complexity. She discussed how they continued to consult throughout…

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Crystal Davis: (EP 76) A burning platform is the greatest motivator to practice lean.

In this episode, With over 20 years of Lean expertise in the automotive, beverage, and supply chain sectors, Crystal Davis, Founder, CEO, and Principal Lean Practitioner of The Lean Coach, Inc., explains the implementation of lean in the supply chain. She spoke about supply consequences, cost consequences, and the trade-off between having a lot of…

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Thomas Frase: (EP 75) Reduce defects to reduce rework and reduce waste.

In this episode, Thomas Frase, an ASQ certified lean Six Sigma black belt with over 20 years of process improvement and change management experience, talks about his practice of lean and six Sigma in different businesses. We discussed resumes, hiring, and the HR side of things. We talked about non-manufacturing activities that occur in businesses…

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Paul Deane: (EP 74) Dogmatic or pragmatic? Which one are you?

In this episode, Paul Deane, a continuous improvement and innovative condition improvement practitioner with over 25 years of experience, discusses how he became engaged with continuous improvement and lean, as well as how he introduced lean from the ground up. He stated why he thought that persons in the middle ought to have the ability…

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Mohit Gupta: (EP 73) How digital influences lean and how lean affects digital

In this episode, Mohit Gupta, author of “Lean On,” has eight years of experience implementing continuous improvement in a range of industries, from startups to nonprofits. He highlighted his history in joining Lean as well as the tale of creating his book. Mohit explained how digital transformation might impact lean. We addressed Lean and Six…

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