A platform for communicating the best and brightest strategies, methods, and tools for all those on the journey of lean and operational excellence. Join Steven as he interviews some of the world’s most well known and influential Lean and Continuous Improvement Leaders, Practitioners, Authors Educators and Advisors.

Episode #11: Respect for People…The Harada Method – Norman Bodek

Everyone can set a life goal to be successful at work. Known to some as “Mr. Productivity”,
“Mr. Lean” and the “Godfather of Lean” teacher, author, consultant, speaker and , founder of Productivity Plus. Norman Bodek joins me on this episode as we discuss the people side of Lean, respect for people and the Harada Method.

Episode #10: Lean Service Design, Sales and Marketing….a visit with Joe Dager.

To say that Joe is a practitioner of Lean is an understatement. With an extensive manufacturing background and now specializing in Service Design and Sales and Marketing, most of his recent work has been working with organizations in the Business Development area to acquire, onboard new customers and retain, create advocates of the existing. He believes, the simplification of these external practices holds the key to future growth for most companies.

EPISODE #9: “Family and Friends Can Be Much Better Than Medicine”: A Discussion with Matt Garcia of Western Home Communities

The title of this episode came from a story that Matt shared about how he “got started” in the world of Lean and how the concept of respecting people was at the heart of it. ILC Board Member and Western Home Communities’ Chief Business Development & Process Improvement Officer, Matt talks about his own personal lean journey, lessons learned along the way and also gives hiring advise for those looking to hire with Lean in mind.

Episode #8: Jeff Dahm: The ILC – It’s Progress and Vision for Growth

Jeff’s passion for the ILC and it’s future shine through as he gives us additional insight into the vision of the Iowa Lean Consortium and the progress that has been made since its creation in 2009. He issues a challenge to the ILC members by responding to the question, “what do we need from the members of the ILC?”.

Episode #7: Jamie Flinchbaugh: Building Your Lean Leadership Operating System

For this episode, I asked Jamie to share with us lessons he has learned on his lean journey (see Hitchhikers Guide to Lean) and to give us an overview of how to Build a Lean Leadership Operating System. As you listen, make sure that you have pen and paper at the ready as there is a lot of practical and sensible advise shared in these 30 minutes.

Episode #6: Joseph Paris & Rick Hulse: State of Readiness & Operational Excellence – Taking CI to the Next Level

Author, international entrepreneur, strategist, consultant and speaker Joseph Paris joins me and Rick Hulse, his longtime wingman and Executive Managing Director of XONITEK, the company JP founded in 1985, as we discuss the pros and cons of today’s current continuous improvement processes and programs and the necessary next steps companies must take to prepare for the harsh realities of the twenty-first century.

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