Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean Manufacturing | Lean Office | Six Sigma | Toyota Kata | Productivity | Leadership

Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean Manufacturing | Lean Office | Six Sigma | Toyota Kata | Productivity | Leadership

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Lean Thinking, Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Kata, & Continuous Improvement


330 | The Power of 3P with Adam Lawrence
Jul 30 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Ron and Adam talked all about 3P, including the steps involved and how it can be used for product innovation. Adam also shared a very interesting anecdote involving cat litter, corn flakes, and ceiling tiles.
329 | Gathering Lean Stories with Dewey Mauldin
Jul 23 • 47 min
This week’s guest is Dewey Mauldin. Dewey, who works for Daimler Trucks, shared some of the experiences that have stuck with him over the years. Dewey specifically touches on takt time, purchase processes, and more.
328 | Lean in Hospitality with Aaron Davidson
Jul 16 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Aaron Davidson. Aaron explained how he and his team use lean in the hospitality industry, including some unique examples involving cleaning hotel rooms, gambling, and more.
327 | Continuous Improvement and Humanitarianism with Andrew Parris
Jul 9 • 42 min
This week’s guest is Andrew Parris. Andrew, who works for an NGO called Medair, explained how continuous improvement can be used in a humanitarian context. The global component Andrew discusses proves how versatile these principles truly are.
326 | Lean and Law in the UK with Adam Marsland
Jul 2 • 24 min
This week’s guest is Adam Marsland. Adam, a Continuous Improvement Expert at a law firm, explained how lean is being leveraged in the legal industry in the UK. Adam also gave an overall “state of the union address” on lean in the UK.
325 | Lean in the Non-Profit Sector with Lauren Wisniewski
Jun 25 • 30 min
This week’s guest is Lauren Wisniewski. Lauren shared her experiences helping non-profits incorporate lean, including the benefits and barriers they encounter. This episode is a great example of how lean applies to more than just manufacturing.
324 | From Software Engineers to Face Shield Manufacturers with Radek Pietruszewski
Jun 18 • 40 min
This week’s guest is Radek Pietruszewski. To help fight COVID-19 in Poland, Radek and his software engineering colleagues figured out how to quickly manufacture thousands of face shields. He and Ron discussed the details of this impressive project.
323 | Pivoting From Furniture to Personal Protective Equipment with Jeff Kaas
Jun 11 • 44 min
This week’s guest is Jeff Kaas. Jeff explained how Kaas Tailored went from making furniture to making PPE in response to COVID-19. Jeff also shared some of the mistakes they’ve made, including reverting to batch production.
322 | Tailoring the Kata Model with James Newell
Jun 4 • 29 min
This week’s guest is James Newell. Ron and James explored the ways James has tailored the kata model to better suit different teams and industries.
321 | Adapting to the Future with Rodrigo Picoli
May 28 • 31 min
This week’s guest is Rodrigo Picoli. Ron and Rodrigo discussed the future of lean, the concept of the “beginner’s mind,” and more.
320 | Lean in the Legal Profession with Jaclyn Harder
May 21 • 28 min
This week’s guest is Jaclyn Harder. Ron and Jaclyn discussed how lean applies to practicing law, as well as the power of taking action.
319 | The Danger of Expertise with Audie Penn
May 14 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Audie Penn. Ron and Audie talked about the ways that lean can be used to help teams solve unique problems.
318 | Structuring Your Continuous Improvement Efforts with Calvin Williams
May 7 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Calvin Williams. Ron and Calvin discussed leadership standard work and how continuous improvement could be used to navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic.
317 | Implementing Lean at Starbucks with Karen Gaudet
Apr 30 • 31 min
This week’s guest is Karen Gaudet. Before becoming Team Leader of Operations and Personnel at LEI, she worked for Starbucks, and she shared the story of their powerful lean transformation with us.
316 | Leading During a Crisis with Sam MacPherson
Apr 23 • 61 min
This week we’re sharing the audio of a webinar by Sam MacPherson. Sam discussed leading and communicating during a crisis, preparing for a crisis, applying SMED in a crisis, and more.
315 | Dealing With Uncertainty with Steve Kane
Apr 16 • 33 min
This week we’re sharing the audio of a presentation on coaching, leader standard work, and uncertainty by our own Steve Kane. Steve’s advice on uncertainty is particularly relevant to today.
314 | The 4Cs of Trust with Jamie Flinchbaugh
Apr 9 • 38 min
This week’s guest is Jamie Flinchbaugh. Ron and Jamie discussed the important role of trust in continuous improvement, and reviewed the 4Cs of Trust.
313 | The Eight Pillars of Total Productive Maintenance with Balaji Chandrasekar
Apr 2 • 27 min
This week’s guest is Balaji Chandrasekar. Ron and Balaji reviewed the pillars of TPM, the challenges involved in implementing TPM, and more.
312 | Practicing Kata in Secret with Tracy Defoe
Mar 26 • 48 min
This week’s guest is Tracy Defoe. Ron and Tracy discussed why people practice Toyota Kata and continuous improvement in secret, and why it’s problematic.
311A | COVID-19 Q&A with Mark Graban, Dr. Greg Jacobson, and Dr. Mason Mileur
Mar 20 • 92 min
Today we’re releasing a special episode on the COVID-19 virus. Mark Graban, Dr. Greg Jacobson, and Dr. Mason Mileur recorded a webinar answering some commonly asked questions about this global pandemic, and what we can do to stay safe and help out.
311 | The Lean Construction Movement with Hal Macomber
Mar 19 • 52 min
This week’s guest is Hal Macomber. Ron and Hal discussed the lean construction movement, the Last Planner System, and more.
310 | The Role of Motivation in Continuous Improvement with Brad Miller
Mar 12 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Brad Miller. Ron and Brad discussed how motivation factors into continuous improvement, and the corresponding framework Brad has developed.
309 | Lean and Self-Development with Pete Kuehn
Mar 5 • 35 min
This week’s guest is Pete Kuehn. Ron and Pete discussed Pete’s lean journey, including the effect lean has had on his personal life.
308 | Lessons Learned at Toyota with Andy Reith
Feb 27 • 30 min
This week’s guest is Andy Reith. Ron and Andy discussed working at Toyota, the challenges small businesses face, and more.
307 | The Role of Automation and AI in Continuous Improvement with Lauren Hisey
Feb 20 • 26 min
This week’s guest is Lauren Hisey. Ron and Lauren talked all about automation and artificial intelligence, what the future holds as far as continuous improvement goes, and more.
306 | Practicing Kindness with Karyn Ross
Feb 13 • 38 min
This week’s guest is Karyn Ross. Ron and Karyn talked all about practicing kindness, why it’s important, and how it’s relevant to continuous improvement.
305 | Building Trust and Leveraging Conflict with Robb Holman
Feb 6 • 39 min
This week’s guest is Robb Holman. Ron and Robb discussed the importance of building trust in the workplace, the concept of Inside Out Leadership, and why conflict can be a powerful tool.
304 | The Different Approaches to Training Leaders with Brent Weichers
Jan 30 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Brent Weichers of The Lighthouse for the Blind. Ron and Brent discussed the various approaches to training leaders, including the different hard and soft skills involved.
303 | Running a Successful Kaizen Event with Adam Lawrence
Jan 23 • 44 min
This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Ron and Adam discussed everything that goes into running a successful kaizen event, including team selection, engagement, and increasing the chances of “winning.”
302 | Continuous Improvement at Halliburton with Chris Rodriguez
Jan 16 • 27 min
This week’s guest is Chris Rodriguez, Continuous Improvement Lead at Halliburton. Chris described their journey, including some of the lessons they’ve learned.
301 | Navigating Lean Trends with Karen Martin
Jan 9 • 26 min
This week’s guest is Karen Martin. Karen described some of the lean trends she’s observed, and how we can best prepare for and learn from them.
300 | Leadership, Teamwork, and Taking Flight with Richard Sheridan
Jan 2 • 30 min
We’re celebrating our 300th episode by sitting down with Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations. Ron and Richard discussed the company’s unique culture, the similarities between flying an airplane and running a business, and more.
299 | Lean and Strategy in the U.S. Air Force with Reza Zeinalpour
Dec 26, 2019 • 23 min
This week’s guest is Reza Zeinalpour. Ron and Reza talked about applying continuous improvement in the U.S. Air Force, including how they integrate performance metrics, innovation, and virtual reality.
298 | Defining Standardized Work with Mike Thelen
Dec 19, 2019 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Mike Thelen. Ron and Mike explored all things standardized work, including the components, how often it should be improved, and more.
297 | The Importance of Hansei and Revitalization with Katie Anderson
Dec 12, 2019 • 26 min
This week’s guest is Katie Anderson. Katie described what it’s like working with former Toyota leader Mr. Isao Yoshino, and why the practices of reflection and revitalization are so critical.
296 | How Toyota Uses Agile with Nigel Thurlow
Dec 5, 2019 • 24 min
This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow, Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. Nigel explained how Toyota uses agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and adapt to fast-changing conditions.
295 | What’s New at LEI with Jean Cunningham
Nov 28, 2019 • 15 min
This week’s guest is Jean Cunningham. Recorded at AME Chicago, Ron and Jean discussed what’s happening at LEI, some of Jean’s book recommendations, and more.
294 | Using Improv to Improve with Mary Lemmer
Nov 21, 2019 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Mary Lemmer. Mary leveraged her unique background in improv comedy and entrepreneurship to create a fun and effective training methodology that has helped countless organizations overcome all kinds of obstacles.
293 | Approaching the Certification Process with Craig Johnson
Nov 14, 2019 • 36 min
This week’s guest is Craig Johnson. Ron and Craig discussed the learning and development realm of continuous improvement, as well as the pros and cons to various certification approaches.
292 | The Financial Impact of Continuous Improvement with Ron Pereira
Nov 7, 2019 • 14 min
This week, Ron Pereira reflects on a blog post by fellow Gemba Academy Co-Founder Jon Miller. Ron reads the blog post, which centers on the financial benefits of continuous improvement, and then adds some thoughts of his own.
291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith
Oct 31, 2019 • 29 min
This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation.
290 | The Danger of Being Right with Thomas Frase
Oct 24, 2019 • 33 min
This week’s guest is Thomas Frase. Ron and Thomas discussed why you should be careful being right, and some of the best ways to positively influence and connect with people.
289 | Combining TWI and Process Behavior Analysis with Panos Efsta
Oct 17, 2019 • 32 min
This week’s guest is Panos Efsta. Ron and Panos discussed how TWI and process behavior analysis can be integrated to create a powerful, holistic approach to continuous improvement.
288 | Adapting to Industry 4.0 with Luke Mullins
Oct 10, 2019 • 29 min
This week’s guest is Luke Mullins. Ron and Luke discussed the concept of Industry 4.0, including the challenges both current and future leaders may face as lean evolves.
287 | The Wheel of Sustainability with Adam Lawrence
Oct 3, 2019 • 34 min
Adam explained the Wheel of Sustainability model he developed to help individuals and organizations sustain their improvement efforts.
286 | Lean and Robotic Process Automation with Saif Arshad
Sep 26, 2019 • 33 min
This week’s guest is Saif Arshad. Saif works for S&P Global, and he shared how they use lean thinking to improve their processes.
285 | Learning Four Languages in One Year with Scott Young
Sep 19, 2019 • 41 min
This week’s guest is “Ultralearning” author Scott Young. Ron and Scott discussed the concept of ultralearning, and how Scott has used its principles to accomplish some truly impressive goals.
284 | Continuous Improvement in the Fast Food Industry with David Reid
Sep 12, 2019 • 41 min
This week’s guest is David Reid. David is a Principal Team Leader at Chick-fil-A, and he shared some of the many ways they’ve incorporated lean into their day-to-day operations.
283 | Leveraging the Spirit of Learning with Ryan McCall
Sep 5, 2019 • 33 min
This week’s guest is Ryan McCall. Ryan shared some of what he’s learned so far on his lean journey and got Ron to weigh in on some of the interpersonal issues that can arise when experimenting with new lean approaches
282 | Toyota Kata and Scientific Thinking with Mike Rother
Aug 29, 2019 • 41 min
This week we’re sharing a keynote by Mike Rother. Recorded at KataCon5, Mike stresses the value of scientific thinking and Toyota Kata, touching on specific tools like deliberate practice as well.
281 | Building an Online Community of Practice with Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross
Aug 22, 2019 • 33 min
This week our guests are Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross. Katie and Karyn explained how they’ve developed their K2C2 initiative, which seeks to build collaborative online communities of practice.
280 | The Values and Principles of Agile with Samuel Parra
Aug 15, 2019 • 48 min
This week’s guest is Samuel Parra. Ron and Samuel delved into all things Agile, including how it overlaps with lean.
279 | The Future of Lean with Olu Amodeni
Aug 8, 2019 • 36 min
This week’s guest is Olu Amodeni. Ron and Olu discussed the future of lean, including the roles robots and humans play in manufacturing.
278 | Concentrating on Your Mission with Mark Smeets
Aug 1, 2019 • 30 min
This week’s guest is Mark Smeets. Mark shared some of the lessons he’s learned about lean over his career thus far, and how it’s inspired him to make changes in his personal life.
277 | Analyzing Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model with Randy Matusky
Jul 25, 2019 • 41 min
This week’s guest is Randy Matusky. Ron and Randy analyzed a change management model called Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model, which addresses six different factors that influence human performance.
276 | Using Lean to Enrich Lives with Ben van Asselt
Jul 18, 2019 • 38 min
This week’s guest is Ben van Asselt. Ron and Ben discussed the inspiring ways Ben and his team use lean at Lunet Zorg, an organization that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities.
275 | Leading vs. Serving with Sarah Tilkens
Jul 11, 2019 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens. A Lean Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare, Sarah and Ron discussed the differences between mentoring, coaching, leading, and serving.
274 | Retiring from a Lean Career with George Saiz
Jul 4, 2019 • 35 min
This week’s guest is George Saiz. George walked Ron through his career and the observations he’s made over the years, including during his time as President of AME.
273 | Lean as a Management System with Skip Steward
Jun 27, 2019 • 50 min
This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip continued their conversation from Episode 269, diving deeper into scientific thinking, Toyota Kata, management systems, and more.
272 | The Role of Lean in Empowering People with Disabilities with Brent Weichers
Jun 20, 2019 • 35 min
This week’s guest is Brent Weichers of The Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit that employs people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. He explained the inner workings of this unique organization, and how lean factors in.
271 | Scientific Thinking as a Lifestyle with Panos Efsta
Jun 13, 2019 • 31 min
This week’s guest is Panos Efsta. Ron and Panos discussed the value of scientific thinking, confirmation bias, and more.
270 | The Simplicity of Lean with Philip Holt
Jun 6, 2019 • 33 min
This week’s guest is Philip Holt. Philip discussed the books he’s written, the concept of “mosquito leadership,” and more.
269 | Establishing a Standard Behavior with Skip Steward
May 30, 2019 • 64 min
This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip had a long conversation all about healthcare and the transformative powers of TWI, Toyota Kata, and more.
268 | Breaking Down the Seven Wastes with Jeff Kaas
May 23, 2019 • 40 min
This week’s guest is Jeff Kaas. We’re sharing audio from an upcoming course that features Jeff’s company, Kaas Tailored. Using real life examples, Jeff explains each of the seven wastes in a unique and dynamic way.
267 | The Nature of Coaching with Steve Kane
May 16, 2019 • 44 min
This week’s guest is our Director of Customer Success, Steve Kane. Ron and Steve talked all about Steve’s coaching journey, including using kata, the power of the right mindset, what it means to be a coach, and more.
266 | The True Value of Cost Reduction with Amery Williams
May 9, 2019 • 25 min
This week’s guest is Amery Williams. Ron and Amery discussed cost reduction and its role in continuous improvement, which can sometimes be controversial.
265 | Finding Your Best Way with William Harvey
May 2, 2019 • 43 min
This week’s guest is Dr. William Harvey. William and Ron discussed William’s research on Toyota Kata, including his process and what he learned from other lean thinkers.
264 | Repeating the Process of Learning with Dr. Jeffrey Liker
Apr 25, 2019 • 52 min
This week we’re sharing an incredible keynote by Dr. Jeffrey Liker that he gave at KataCon5 earlier this year. Dr. Liker shared a wealth of information regarding his background, his lean journey, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
263 | Using Lean to Make Life-Changing Decisions with Tyson Ortiz
Apr 18, 2019 • 58 min
This week’s guest is Tyson Ortiz. Tyson’s son was born with a congenital heart condition, and Tyson graciously shared how he used kata and scientific thinking as he and his wife navigated their son’s diagnosis.
262 | The Next Generation of Lean with Tyler Athey
Apr 11, 2019 • 47 min
This week’s guest is Tyler Athey. Tyler is at the beginning of his career but has accomplished a lot in just a few years. Ron and Tyler touched on a lot of different aspects of lean, including kanban systems, flow, culture, and more.
261 | Building the Habit of Excellence with James Clear
Apr 4, 2019 • 61 min
This week’s guest is James Clear. Author of the bestseller Atomic Habits, James shared a wealth of knowledge with us regarding the different kinds of habits, how they form, and how we can successfully change our behavior.
260 | The Secret to Excellence with Oscar Roche
Mar 28, 2019 • 23 min
This week’s guest is Oscar Roche, Director of the TWI Institute in Australia & New Zealand. Ron and Oscar discussed the humanity of lean, the components of TWI, and more.
259 | Using Lean to Facilitate Social Change with Jason Schulist
Mar 21, 2019 • 21 min
This week’s guest is Jason Schulist. Jason is President of GLCI, an organization that connects communities so they can better address social issues like homelessness. Jason shared how continuous improvement factors into this important line of work.
258 | Creating a Common Meaning with Billy Taylor
Mar 14, 2019 • 31 min
This week’s guest is Billy Taylor. Billy is a Senior Operations Executive at Goodyear and is known worldwide for his work in operational excellence. Also famous for his storytelling abilities, Billy shared some truly powerful anecdotes with us.
257 | Sharing the Power of Lean with Bill Kraus
Mar 7, 2019 • 28 min
This week’s guest is Bill Kraus. Recorded live at KataCon5, Bill and Ron talked all about Bill’s impressive background and what he’s learned about kata, leadership, and scientific thinking.
256 | Reflecting on a Career in Continuous Improvement with Jon Miller
Feb 28, 2019 • 46 min
This episode is Part 2 of last week’s conversation with GA Co-Founder Jon Miller. Jon discussed his career thus far, sharing some of the valuable lessons he’s learned along the way.
255 | The Elements of a Sustainable Lean System with Jon Miller
Feb 21, 2019 • 34 min
This week’s guest is GA Co-Founder Jon Miller. Jon has been a guest of the podcast many times, and in this episode he describes the various elements he believes are necessary for creating a successful, sustainable lean system.
254 | Discovering Lean with Ryan and Louise Tierney
Feb 14, 2019 • 18 min
This week’s guests are Ryan and Louise Tierney. We recently went to Northern Ireland to tour and film at their company, Seating Matters. In this episode, they share how they learned about lean, and why they decided to embark on a lean journey.
253 | Building a Strong Lean Foundation with Mohamed Saleh
Feb 7, 2019 • 44 min
This week’s guest is Mohamed Saleh of Hartford HealthCare. Mohamed shared the details of their lean journey, including the dynamic approach they use and how their department is organized
252 | Standard Work in the Office with Steve Ansuini
Jan 31, 2019 • 43 min
This week’s guest is Steve Ansuini. Steve discussed his time at Toyota, including how he implemented Standard Work and Job Instruction Breakdowns in the office.
251 | Lean in New Hampshire with Heather Barto and Tommy Lencki Jr.
Jan 24, 2019 • 39 min
This week’s guests are Heather Barto and Sergeant Tommy Lencki Jr. Heather and Tommy both work for the state of New Hampshire, and they described their involvement in the state’s continuous improvement initiatives.
250 | Using Process Behavior Charts with Mark Graban
Jan 17, 2019 • 40 min
This week’s guest is Mark Graban. This is Mark’s sixth episode with us, and this time he discussed his new book, Measures of Success, as well as how Process Behavior Charts can be used in different contexts.
249 | Lean in Thailand, China, and India with John Chacon
Jan 10, 2019 • 40 min
This week’s guest is John Chacon. Ron and John discussed John’s career, specifically his experiences practicing lean in different parts of Asia.
248 | The Importance of Creativity with Karyn Ross
Jan 3, 2019 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Karyn Ross. Ron and Karyn talked all about the power of creativity, why lean thinkers should focus on it, and how you can learn to be more creative.
247 | Using Lean in the U.S. Air Force with Greg Butler
Dec 27, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Senior Master Sergeant Greg Butler. Greg shared how he and his team use lean in the U.S. Air Force, some of the barriers to success he’s observed, and countermeasures you can use.
246 | How to Admit When You’re Struggling with Gary Peterson
Dec 20, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Gary Peterson. Gary talked about his company O.C. Tanner’s lean journey, and shared some vulnerable anecdotes about failure, asking for help, and owning up to your mistakes.
245 | How to Coach Leaders to Coach Others with Jamie Parker
Dec 13, 2018 • 39 min
This week’s guest is Jamie Parker. Ron and Jamie talked about Jamie’s career thus far, the importance of having an impact on others, and how to help leaders develop a team of problem solvers.
244 | How to Teach Kata in the Classroom with Mike Rother
Dec 6, 2018 • 20 min
This week’s guest is Mike Rother. Mike actually interviewed Ron for this episode, and the two of them discussed scientific thinking and Ron’s experience facilitating a kata workshop for kids.
243 | How to Strive to Thrive with Michael Lombard
Nov 29, 2018 • 43 min
This week’s guest is Michael Lombard. Michael and Ron discussed Michael’s career thus far, specifically his work in healthcare and his use of kata.
242 | How to Leverage Different Lean Experiences with Katie Anderson
Nov 22, 2018 • 26 min
This week we have another episode from AME San Diego. Our guest is Katie Anderson, who told us all about the AME Consortia program, her Japan Lean Study trips, and more.
241 | How to Make Work More Human with Renée Smith
Nov 15, 2018 • 34 min
This week we’re continuing our live AME San Diego series with Renée Smith of Results Washington. Ron and Renée both shared some powerful anecdotes and insights into the humanity of lean and its potential to really change lives.
240 | How to Leverage Lean Like Barry-Wehmiller with Brian Wellinghoff
Nov 8, 2018 • 30 min
This week we’re sharing the first of several episodes we recorded live at AME San Diego. For this episode, our guest is Brian Wellinghoff. Ron and Brian discussed Barry-Wehmiller’s lean journey, the lessons Brian has learned, and more.
239 | How to Determine Root Causes with Ron Pereira
Nov 1, 2018 • 22 min
This week’s episode includes a little bit of everything. Ron provided an update on a few exciting things we have in the works, discussed a book he’s loving, and then explored the powerful concept of “5 Why.”
238 | How to Change Your Culture with Toyota Kata with Emiel van Est
Oct 25, 2018 • 28 min
This week’s guest is Emiel van Est. Ron and Emiel discussed the vital role that culture plays in continuous improvement, and how methodologies like Toyota Kata can help sustain your success.
237 | How to Incorporate and Leverage Sustainability with Brion Hurley
Oct 18, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Brion Hurley. A Lean and Six Sigma consultant with a true passion for sustainability, Brion shared some advice on the “Triple Bottom Line,” going paperless, and more.
236 | How to Develop Strong Effective Leaders with Cheryl Jekiel
Oct 11, 2018 • 35 min
This week’s guest is Cheryl Jekiel, CEO of the Lean Leadership Center. Based on her background in operations and human resources, Cheryl explained what it takes to develop great lean leaders.
235 | How to Embody the Spirit of Toyota with Jess Orr
Oct 4, 2018 • 46 min
This week’s guest is former Toyota employee Jess Orr. Jess reflected on her time there by sharing their “10 Attitudes” with us, which really capture the overall spirit of Toyota.
234 | How to Apply Lean to Transportation with Gary Vansuch, Michelle Malloy, and Geneva Hooten
Sep 27, 2018 • 41 min
This week’s guests are Gary Vansuch, Michelle Malloy, and Geneva Hooten of the Colorado Department of Transportation. Together they shared how their Process Improvement program came to be, how it has changed, and some of the challenges they’ve faced.
233 | How to Develop a Strong Lean Culture with Raye Wentworth
Sep 20, 2018 • 37 min
This week we’re sharing another powerful keynote from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit, this time by Raye Wentworth. Raye has been with New Balance for 34 years, and she shared how the company has developed their lean culture.
232 | How to Embrace the Higher Calling of Lean with Kevin Hancock
Sep 13, 2018 • 40 min
This week we’re sharing a moving keynote by CEO Kevin Hancock from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit. It’s impossible not to be inspired by Kevin’s refreshing take on lean and it’s true value.
231 | How to Think Scientifically in Healthcare with Maurene Stock and Katie Melching
Sep 6, 2018 • 48 min
This week’s guests are Maurene Stock and Katie Melching of Mercy Health Muskegon. They shed some light on the organization’s lean journey, including their approach and how they learned to think scientifically.
230 | How to Become a Six Sigma Black Belt with Md Hasan
Aug 30, 2018 • 42 min
This week’s guest is one of our Six Sigma Black Belt recipients, Md Hasan. Ron and Md discussed his background, the process of becoming certified, SMED, and more.
229 | How to Run a Sustainable Organization with Dale and Dan Crownover
Aug 23, 2018 • 22 min
This week we’re featuring some of the audio from our recent Gemba Academy Live! series at Texas Nameplate. Dale Crownover and his son Dan talked to Ron about their passion for sustainability and the concept of the “Triple Bottom Line.”
228 | How to Apply Lean to Architecture and Engineering with Kurt Neubek
Aug 16, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Kurt Neubek, an architect who is also one of our Six Sigma Black Belt recipients. Kurt explained how he uses continuous improvement in his line of work.
227 | How to Leverage Lean in Banking with Danny Conroy and Daniel Lichty
Aug 9, 2018 • 39 min
This week’s guests are Danny Conroy and Daniel Lichty. Danny and Daniel explained how they use lean in banking, specifically to improve the mortgage process.
226 | How to Practice Lean in the UAE with Dan Whittaker
Aug 2, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Dan Whittaker. Dan shared some interesting stories from his time working in Formula 1, and explained what it’s like applying lean in the United Arab Emirates.
225 | How to Create a Strategy Execution Plan with David Asher
Jul 26, 2018 • 36 min
This week’s guest is our new Director of Certification & Coaching, David Asher. Ron and David talked about the importance of having a Strategy Execution Plan, among other things.
224 | How to Apply Lean in Different Countries with James Newell
Jul 19, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guest is James Newell. James is American but has lived in Germany for the past twenty years, and he shared his experiences applying lean there.
223 | How to Apply Lean to the Government with Justin Kenney
Jul 12, 2018 • 48 min
This week’s guest is Justin Kenney. Justin, who works for the state of Vermont, explained how he and his team leverage continuous improvement at the government level.
222 | How to Sustain Improvements with Brian DeVries
Jul 5, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Brian DeVries. Ron and Brian talked about sustaining improvements and showing empathy throughout the process.
221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen
Jun 28, 2018 • 42 min
This week’s guest is Stephen Derksen. Ron and Stephen discussed Toyota Kata and learning how to think in a scientific manner.
220 | How to Ensure the Longevity of Your Lean Success with Mohamed Aref
Jun 21, 2018 • 31 min
This week’s guest is Mohamed Aref. Mohamed shared his lean journey with us, including his take on what makes a lean initiative stick, and what lean is like in Egypt.
219 | How to Adopt the Best Mindset for Lean with Kyle Kumpf
Jun 14, 2018 • 32 min
This week’s guest is Kyle Kumpf. Kyle walked us through his lean journey thus far, explaining why it’s important to be critical on processes and not people.
218 | How to Harness the Power of A3 Thinking with Captain Brad Brown
Jun 7, 2018 • 35 min
This week we’re sharing the audio of a presentation given by Captain Brad Brown at the 2017 Lean Municipal Government Forum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brad shared how the fire department’s use of A3 thinking has yielded real, powerful results.
217 | How Gemba Academy Practices Lean with Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott
May 31, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guests are our own Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott. Leslie and Jennifer shared what it’s like practicing lean at Gemba Academy, specifically how we leverage Toyota Kata.
216 | How to Reignite a Continuous Improvement Program with Casey Johnson
May 24, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Casey Johnson. Casey and Ron discussed the best ways to help an organization who has experienced a failed CI initiative get back on track.
215 | How to Reflect on Lessons Learned with Brian Buck
May 17, 2018 • 38 min
This week’s guest is Brian Buck. Brian reflected back on his journey thus far and shared some of the lessons he’s learned, including the importance of defining and maintaining standards.
214 | How to Set a Challenge with Mark Rosenthal
May 10, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guest is consultant Mark Rosenthal. Mark shared some insights regarding the various components of Toyota Kata, including setting a challenge and determining a target condition.
213 | How to Lead with Joy with Richard Sheridan
May 3, 2018 • 41 min
This week’s guest is Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations. Ron and Richard discussed the premise of Richard’s new book, Lead With Joy, including what it means to be a humble, compassionate, joyful leader.
212 | How to Combine TWI, Kata, and a Kaizen Event with Brandon Brown
Apr 26, 2018 • 32 min
This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon explained how he and his team have combined elements of TWI, kata, and kaizen events into a unique and effective learning system.
211 | How to Navigate a Kaizen Journey with Jeff Kaas
Apr 19, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s guest is Jeff Kaas, President of Kaas Tailored and Lead Consultant at Truth Bit Pull Consulting. Jeff described how he discovered kaizen, how it changed his company, and more.
210 | How to Identify and Counteract the Three Root Sins with Ron Pereira
Apr 12, 2018 • 35 min
This week’s guest is actually Ron himself. Our own Steve Kane came on the show to ask Ron about the concept of root sin, and how it applies to both business and continuous improvement.
209 | How to Address Poverty with Lean-Like Thinking with Jacob Stoller and Mauricio Miller
Apr 5, 2018 • 43 min
This week’s guests are Jacob Stoller and Mauricio Miller. Ron, Jacob, and Mauricio discussed the Family Independence Initiative, and how a lean-like approach can be used to create real social change.
208 | How to Define Lean, Success, and Strategy with Jon Miller and Michael Ballé
Mar 29, 2018 • 58 min
This week’s guests are Jon Miller and Michael Ballé. Together with Ron, they discussed the definitions of lean, success, and strategy, as well as using lean as a strategy for innovation and growth.
207 | How to Define the Role of People in Lean with Jon Miller
Mar 22, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is GA Co-Founder Jon Miller. Ron and Jon discussed the people side of lean, specifically why stating that lean is “all about people” can be problematic.
206 | How to Sustain Your Lean Success with Geoff Cox
Mar 15, 2018 • 33 min
This week’s guest is Production Manager Geoff Cox. Geoff and Ron discussed the key role of culture, and why lean really is all about people.
205 | How to Use Lean in the Cafeteria with Willy Bustillos
Mar 8, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Willy Bustillos, a Food Service Manager who uses lean principles to improve high school cafeterias. Willy explained what it’s like applying lean in such an untraditional setting, including some of the challenges involved.
204 | How to Set the Stage for Your Lean Journey with Matt Kellett
Mar 1, 2018 • 50 min
This week’s guest is continuous improvement leader Matt Kellett. Matt and Ron discussed what needs to be in place in order to successfully start and sustain a lean journey.
203 | How to Apply Lean to Manufacturing Location Decisions with Harry Moser
Feb 22, 2018 • 30 min
This week’s guest is Harry Moser, Founder and President of the Reshoring Initiative. Ron and Harry discussed reshoring, including what it is and how lean plays a role.
202 | How to Achieve Clarity with Karen Martin
Feb 15, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is consultant and speaker Karen Martin. Karen shed some light on the importance of individual and organizational clarity in anticipation of her new book, Clarity First.
201 | How to Apply Lean to the Airline Industry with David Acklin
Feb 8, 2018 • 34 min
This week’s guest is David Acklin from Hawaiian Airlines. David explained how they improved their interline baggage process, including how they got other airlines involved.
200 | What We’ve Learned from 200 Episodes with Ron Pereira and Past Guests
Feb 1, 2018 • 26 min
This week we’re celebrating a milestone: our 200th episode. For this special episode we decided to highlight some of the major themes we’ve had thus far, featuring some truly incredible guests.
199 | How to Understand Your Current Condition with Drew Locher
Jan 25, 2018 • 49 min
This week’s guest is Drew Locher. Drew explained a huge issue in continuous improvement…rushing into countermeasures before taking the time to investigate and understand the current condition.
198 | How to Start and Fund Your Lean Journey with Ron Pereira
Jan 18, 2018 • 7 min
This week we’re sharing our first two Gemba Talk episodes, a new video series available without a subscription. Specifically, Ron explains what it takes to both start and fund a lean journey. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.…
197 | How to Use Continuous Improvement in Untraditional Settings with Veronica Silva
Jan 11, 2018 • 34 min
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.
196 | How to Name Lean with Tracey and Ernie Richardson
Jan 4, 2018 • 32 min
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.
195 | How to Manage a Career Change with Thomas Frederick
Dec 28, 2017 • 39 min
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.
194 | How to Teach the Art of Continuous Improvement with Attila Dobai
Dec 21, 2017 • 33 min
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.
193 | How to Leverage Pull Learning with Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards
Dec 14, 2017 • 42 min
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.
192 | How to Use Visual Management with Julie Lushbough
Dec 7, 2017 • 34 min
This week’s guest is Julie Lushbough. Julie works for Hallmark and shared her lean journey with us, including her experience using visual management.
191 | How to Reflect on the Roles of Fear and Love in Continuous Improvement with Renée Smith
Nov 30, 2017 • 44 min
This week’s guest is Renée Smith, a Lean Transformation Services Director for the State of Washington. Renée shared her fascinating findings on fear, love, and their roles in continuous improvement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download…
190 | How to Use Lean in Software Development vs. Operations with Tom and Mary Poppendieck
Nov 23, 2017 • 36 min
This week’s guests are Tom and Mary Poppendieck. Tom and Mary discussed the role that lean plays in software development, versus in more traditional operational contexts.
189 | How to Use Kata in Healthcare with Brandon Brown
Nov 16, 2017 • 25 min
This week we’re bringing you a keynote by Brandon Brown from the TWI/Kata conference earlier this year. Brandon shared some truly powerful examples of how kata can change lives, especially in healthcare.
188 | How to Understand the Components of Kata with Brandon Brown
Nov 9, 2017 • 63 min
This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon provided us with a comprehensive breakdown of both the improvement and coaching katas, in anticipation of our upcoming kata course.
187 | How to Leverage the Improvement and Coaching Katas with Mark Rosenthal
Nov 2, 2017 • 30 min
This week we’re giving you a sneak peek of our upcoming kata course. Ron explains why kata is so valuable, and we’ve also included some great clips from Mark Rosenthal’s classroom instruction. All back episodes are available at gembapodcast.com
186 | How to Transition into Different Lean Roles with Jess Orr
Oct 26, 2017 • 33 min
This week’s guest is Jess Orr. Ron sat down with Jess at AME Boston to discuss her transition from working at Toyota to taking on a new role at another company. All back episodes are available at gembapodcast.com
185 | How to Use Lean to Create Value with Steve Kane
Oct 19, 2017 • 27 min
This week we’re sharing a keynote by our own Steve Kane, from a recent conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Steve provided some powerful perspective on what lean is really all about, and why we need it so much. All back episodes are available at…
184 | How to Become a Better Problem Solver with Kelly Moore
Oct 12, 2017 • 50 min
This week’s guest is Kelly Moore, longtime friend and customer of Gemba Academy. Ron and Kelly discussed problem solving and all the different ways you can approach it, including Toyota Kata, PDCA, and more. All back episodes are available at…
183 | How to Approach Lean with Michael Ballé
Oct 5, 2017 • 40 min
This week’s guest is Michael Ballé. Michael recently co-authored a new book, The Lean Strategy. Ron and Michael discussed the contents of the book and why the idea of lean as a strategy is so controversial.
182 | How to Use the “5 Why” Method with Jon Miller
Sep 28, 2017 • 33 min
This week’s guest is GA Co-Founder Jon Miller. Jon explained the “5 Why” method and how it can be used to effectively determine root causes and solve problems.