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 •  January 15

I found some wisdom in a surprising place, on the theme of lean thinking, learning, value, and muda. Ichiro Suzuki is a very successful professional baseball player who at age 44 has played the game for 25 years and intends to play into his 50s if allowed. He made some keen observations in an interview (in Japanese, on YouTube) with retired...

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 •  January 11

This week’s guest is Veronica Silva. Veronica shared some great stories of how she’s used continuous improvement in all different kinds of settings, including bartending and banking. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Veronica’s background (1:44) Veronica’s training days (3:41) How she...

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 •  January 8

It’s that time of year when we reflect back on the prior 12 months, look ahead to the next 12 and set personal priorities. I’ve heard that by February, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are on their way to failure. This has not been my personal experience. Year to year, I’ve managed to see most of my goals through, while allowing for some goals to go...

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 •  January 5

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Come clean. Did you? If so, I’m sad to say, you’re probably going to fail. In fact, University of Scranton research suggests that just 9% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Sure, these folks probably didn’t make SMART goals meaning they were doomed for failure from the start. But are SMART goals enough?...

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 •  January 4

This week’s guests are Tracey and Ernie Richardson. Tracey and Ernie explained a question they asked on LinkedIn recently regarding the “lean” label and what other words might suit this incredible movement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: What Tracey and Ernie are up to (1:51) The...

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 •  December 28, 2017

This week’s guest is Thomas Frederick. Tom explained what it was like to switch careers from teaching/coaching to healthcare, applying lean along the way. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Tom (4:50) Tom’s background (6:25) His early days of lean (7:19) About...

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 •  December 21, 2017

This week’s guest is Attila Dobai. Attila’s background is in the service industry, and he shared some of his stories with us…specifically about the people-side of continuous improvement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Attila (3:01) Attila’s background (3:52) His...

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 •  December 18, 2017

My career in the field of lean thinking got started twenty-four years ago while helping Japanese consultants communicate with their American clients. There were occasions when it was as much an education in cultural differences and communication as in the workings of the Toyota Production System. One week there were three lean sensei from Japan and...

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 •  December 14, 2017

This week’s guests are Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards. Steve and Carl explained pull learning, including what it means and why it’s so effective. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quotes that inspire Steve and Carl (3:03) Steve’s background (4:17) Carl’s background (5:05) What...

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 •  December 8, 2017

“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey I’ve written before about how I’ve worked hard to develop a practice of reflection… daily, monthly, and annually. In doing so I’ve become convinced it is one of the most effective tools of effective leaders. Although the end of the year is an arbitrary time, it...