Episodes

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...

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Elisabeth Swan: (EP 72) Value is created by asking good questions

In this episode, Elisabeth Swan is the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and the co-founder of the Just-In-Time Café, a consulting business concentrating on operational excellence and cultural transformation....

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Tracy Defoe: (EP 71) Why are you doing what you’re doing?

In this episode, Tracy Defoe, President, and Chief Education Organizer at The Learning factor Inc. with 10 years of experience in lean talks about how she got involved with...

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Joseph A. DeFeo: (EP 70) Quality vs. Lean

In this episode, Joe DeFeo, Chairman of Juran, discusses the importance of quality in design. He emphasized the distinction between what the consumer wants and what they require. Joe demonstrated...

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Keith Ingels: (EP 69) How to be super engaged with Lean?

In this episode, Keith Ingels, Raymond Lean Management manager of solutions with over twenty years of experience in the Toyota Material Handling network, on how to engage employees and communicate...

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Audie Penn: (EP 68) Why do lean implementations fail at the rate that they do?

In this episode, Audie Penn, Managing Partner at Faro Partners, board advisor, executive consultant, and certified lean practitioner with 33 years of practicing lean in a variety of industries ranging...

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Andrew Lingel: (EP 67) Solving Problems vs Applying Lean Tools to Your Business

In this episode, Andrew Lingel, President of United Plastic Fabricating, discusses his ten years of expertise in Lean and Six Sigma and how he used Knowledge, Grit, and Passion to...

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Jim Benson: (EP 66) Productivity versus Effectiveness

In this episode, Jim Benson, CEO of Modus Cooperandi and a Shingo Research Award-winning author who has spent over 20 years implementing lean in a variety of industries, discusses effectiveness...

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Michael Bremer: (EP 65) Leadership has a responsibility to create an environment where people can do the best possible work

In this episode, Shingo Award-winning author Michael Bremer, a blogger, author, and Ex-President of the Cumberland Group and AME volunteer with over 40 years of experience in a variety of...

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Deborah McGee: (EP 64) The joy of working shoulder to shoulder facing challenges on the shop floor.

In this episode, Deborah McGee, Moog Industrial’s Lean Leader, discusses how she prioritizes relationships over transactions, preventative measures over solutions, and progress over status. She discussed how she got started...

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David Brunt: (EP 63) Are you striking a balance between the technical and social skills needed for leading your Lean transformation?

In this episode, David Brunt, Chief Executive of the Lean Enterprise Academy, discusses his 20 years of experience in Lean Thinking and Practice, as well as how he uses these...

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Benny Ausmus: (EP 62) Culture is a pattern or system of ideas, values, and behavioral conventions that an organization has developed over time.

In this episode, With ten years of experience as a coach, Benny Ausmus, Founder and Principles at BIG Change Group, talks about how he helps leaders build their people, strategy,...

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Chris Burnham: (EP 61) Lean in Continuous Improvement is not about a set of tools; it’s about people operating systems that empower people.

In this episode, Chris Burnham, senior lead lean strategy director at KaiNexus and host of the “Lean Leadership Podcast,” explains how to inspire and manage diverse teams to achieve significant...

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Mark Graban: (EP 60) The “My Favorite Mistake” show

In this episode, Mark Graban, an internationally known consultant, author, professional speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur, discusses his podcasting journey. He explained how to avoid making the same mistakes in...

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Andrew Shapiro-Zysk: (EP 59) The data tells us what people are doing.

In this episode, Data Analytics, Big Data, Machine Learning, and Legal Technology are discussed by Andrew Shapiro-Zysk, a business intelligence specialist with over 14 years of experience in the...

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David Veech: (EP 58) Definition of Leadership…

In this episode, David Veech, who has been a proud officer of the U.S. Army for 20 years now focusing on teaching, coaching, and consulting, talks about making the...

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Andrew Parris: (EP 57) Lean in Aerospace vs. NGO….

In this episode, Andrew Parris, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over 25 years of experience in NGO/humanitarian and Aerospace Development, recounts his lean journey from the...

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Stephen Parry: (EP 56) Release your employees’ potential, and the business will follow.

In this episode, Stephen Parry, award-winning transformation leader, strategist, and author, discusses Lean, change management, and organizational transformation. He explained why Lean is not a strategy but rather a...

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Jeff Kass: (EP 55) The more you can learn about gravity, the more that you can play with gravity

In this episode, Jeff Kass, President of Kaas Tailored and a 20-year Lean practitioner, discusses how he became interested in Lean after joining his family’s business. He talked about...

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Eric Olsen: (EP 54) The business culture is getting more accepting of actual Lean cultures.

In this episode, Eric Olsen, the director of Central Coast Lean, discusses his 20 years of engineering and industrial management expertise with Caterpillar, Litton, and Hewlett Packard. He highlighted...

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Jamie Parker: (EP 53) Process vs. Outcome….

In this episode, Jamie Parker, the founder of Process + Results with 17 years of multi-unit operations management experience talks about how she integrates improvement into their culture and...

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Sean Fields & Michael Sanders: (EP 52) Quantum Lean vs. Traditional Lean….

In this episode, Sean Fields and Michael Sanders, authors of “Quantum Lean,” discuss their journeys in Lean and how they collaborated to develop Quantum Lean.  Fields and Sanders summarized...

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David Meier: (EP 51) Process isn’t about right or wrong answers. The process is about questions, decisions, and choices.

In this episode, David Meier, President of Lean Associate & owner of Glenns Creek Distillery with 30 plus years of experience in lean talks about the process of solving...

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Scott Burgmeyer: (EP 50) The right tools and methodology, combined with good human interaction, equals great Continuous Improvement Assessment.

In this episode, Scott Burgmeyer, a thirty-year lean six sigma practitioner, talks about continuous improvement, organizational development, and talent optimization. He stated how he begins by asking, “What are...

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David Mann: (EP 49) When the problem is understood, the lean tools nearly invariably lead to a solution.

In this episode, David Mann, the Shingo Prize-winning author of ‘Creating a Lean Culture,’ who has spent almost 30 years practicing lean in a variety of sectors, discusses the...

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Clay Linkous: (EP 48) The jerk high achieving doctor, lawsuits and preferred team dynamics.

In this episode, Clay Linkous, Clay With over 25 years of leadership experience, 15 of which have been in healthcare, discusses how lean may help with service quality and...

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Bruno Pesec: (EP 47) Lean doesn’t start with a plan. It starts with what you want to learn & measure.

In this episode, Bruno Pesec, President of Pesec Global and Co-Founder of the Norwegian Lean Startup Circle, discusses how he converts corporate innovation into a viable investment after ten...

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Bob Wallner: (EP 46) How can TOC, Lean, and Six Sigma thinking be used in everyday life?

In this episode, Bob Wallner, a true Kaizen believer with 15 years of lean expertise and 10 years in the aerospace industry, recounts his journey and professional background. He...

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Alfred Angerer: (EP 45) You can be a lean leader yourself, but without top management support, you can never transform your organization.

In this episode, Alfred Angerer, Professor of Healthcare Management with 15 years of lean experience discusses lean healthcare and the impact of digital health on healthcare management. He talked...

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Hugh Alley: (EP 44) Supervising on the front lines helps to build a strong team and achieve company goals.

In this episode, The author of “Becoming the Supervisor,” Hugh Alley, who has 25 years of experience in Lean, including 20 years as a frontline leader, explains how he...

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