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The Ever-So-Lean Podcast is the destination for exploring how leadership and continuous improvement foster high performance. Come and join us as we share the real-life experiences of global industry leaders to front-line workers, diving deep into their journeys of triumph and adversity. Each episode offers genuine insights, practical wisdom, and valuable takeaways to support you on your path to excellence. Whether you’re striving for personal excellence or leading a team toward new heights, the Ever-So-Lean Podcast offers the fuel you need to transform your vision into reality. Discover us on all major podcast platforms or visit www.eversolean.com and take the first step toward becoming the leader you were meant to be.

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United Kingdom

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The Ever-So-Lean Podcast is the destination for exploring how leadership and continuous improvement foster high performance. Come and join us as we share the real-life experiences of global industry leaders to front-line workers, diving deep into their journeys of triumph and adversity. Each episode offers genuine insights, practical wisdom, and valuable takeaways to support you on your path to excellence. Whether you’re striving for personal excellence or leading a team toward new heights, the Ever-So-Lean Podcast offers the fuel you need to transform your vision into reality. Discover us on all major podcast platforms or visit www.eversolean.com and take the first step toward becoming the leader you were meant to be.

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English


Episodes
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EXTRA: Excellence in Lean Six Sigma

7/17/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! In this episode, Matt shines a spotlight on the Excellence in Lean Six Sigma award category. Exploring what makes this category so significant and hear from key figures who have been part of its journey. We sit down with Pepper Clayton-Fisher from the British Heart Foundation. With a rich history of excellence, the British Heart Foundation won the award in 2022, and Pepper transitioned from a winner to awards judge in 2023. There is much to learn from Pepper’s experiences, as she offers her inside view from both sides of the table. We'll welcome back Martin Brenig-Jones from Catalyst Consulting Ltd, long-time sponsors of the Excellence in Lean Six Sigma category. Martin will share insights into the trends he’s observed and explain why the UK Excellence Awards and Catalyst Consulting are closely aligned. We also get to meet our 2023 winner, Helios Towers, with Allan Fairbairn joining us to discuss their award-winning work and the impactful initiatives Helios Towers is implementing across the globe. To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:27:17

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EXTRA: Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

7/10/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! In this special episode, we delve into the UK Excellence Awards' category of Excellence in Environmental Sustainability. This category aims to reward those committed to the future of our world by considering natural resources, as well as social and economic reserves. If you’ve made changes to your people, processes, systems, or products to create a culture of sustainability by involving and engaging everyone, this is the award for you! I am thrilled to introduce Bryony Roberts from Pragmatic Consultancy, one of the judges for the Environmental and Sustainability category. Pragmatic Consultancy, also the sponsor of this award in 2023, will continue their sponsorship in 2025, which is fantastic news! Bryony will take us behind the scenes to reveal what the judging panel looks for in excellence in sustainability. Additionally, we'll hear from Tim Sismey and Paul Roach from National Express, finalists in 2023, who will share their inspiring journey. Last but not least, we'll meet our 2023 winners, Vanesa Kelly from HVS. Vanesa will give us an inside look at their winning entry and share insights on what makes a successful submission. Introduced in 2023 as 'Excellence in Environmental Sustainability', this award has now evolved to 'Excellence in Sustainability' for 2025, broadening its scope to recognize even more outstanding efforts. To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:43:58

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EXTRA: Excellence in Innovation

6/13/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! In this special episode, we delve into the UK Excellence Awards' category of Excellence in Innovation. We'll hear from visionary organizations that challenge norms and pioneer ground-breaking solutions. Smiths, the esteemed sponsors of this category, will discuss with us the true essence of innovation, as we're joined by Sarah-Jane Bacchus and Tony Tielen, Director of the Smith Excellence System, who was also on the judging panel at the 2023 awards, to tell us all about heir story. We'll also feature Martin Snewin from Currys, the 2023 award recipients, who will discuss their journey, the significance of the accolade, and how innovation drives their excellence. To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:14:36

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The Evolution of a Change Champion: Carl Appleton

5/28/2024
Join us in this inspiring episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast as we welcome Carl Appleton, Co-Founder of Shape Associates and a true advocate for technology-driven efficiency. Carl's remarkable journey from the Royal Navy to the Hampshire Fire Service and eventually to the Ports of Jersey as a Process Improvement Manager is a testament to the power of adaptability and seizing new opportunities. In this episode, Carl shares his invaluable insights on embracing continuous improvement, leveraging Microsoft 365 for maximum efficiency, and overcoming cultural and organisational challenges. Discover how questioning processes and applying common sense can lead to successful process improvements and hear real-world examples of leaders empowering their teams to challenge the status quo. We'll take a light touch on the generational differences in technology adoption and how demonstrating the benefits of digital solutions can bridge the gap between younger and older employees. Carl's firefighting background brings a unique perspective on prioritisation and maintaining focus, ensuring that every improvement effort is both effective and timely. Fostering a collaborative and supportive culture is key to successful process improvement, and Carl emphasises the importance of creating a psychologically safe environment where innovation can thrive. Learn how continuous learning, seeking mentorship, and staying curious are vital for personal and professional growth in the realm of continuous improvement. One of the highlights of this episode is Carl's emphasis on engagement and buy-in from leadership. Hear how senior leaders at the Port of Dover set the tone for continuous improvement events and the powerful message it sends to their teams. Finally, Carl's dedication to simplifying complex concepts makes continuous improvement accessible to everyone. By using plain language and relatable examples, he ensures that participants can grasp and apply what they learn effectively, making sustained change a reality. Don't miss this enlightening and inspiring conversation with Carl Appleton. Tune in to gain practical advice, actionable insights, and the motivation to embrace continuous improvement in your own career and organisation. Key Takeaways: Key Takeaways from Conversation with Carl Appleton Questioning Processes and Applying Common Sense: Overcoming Cultural and Organizational Challenges: Leveraging Microsoft 365 for Efficiency: Adapting to Generational Differences: Prioritization and Perspective: Fostering Collaboration and Supportive Culture: Continuous Learning and Adaptation: Engagement and Buy-In from Leadership: Simplifying Complex Concepts: 🔗 Links to Carl's resources: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-appleton-5b6161113/ Shape Associates - https://www.shapeassociates.com/ To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:00:57:54

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EXTRA: Excellence in Customer Experience

5/22/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! Customer experience is crucial for building loyalty and driving the success of any business or service. But what does it take to achieve true excellence in customer experience? In this episode, we dive into the Excellence in Customer Experience award category at the UK Excellence Awards, celebrating organisations that prioritise their customers at every touchpoint. Join us as we hear from the 2023 winners, reigning champions Octopus Energy, and finalists Arthur Ellis. Gain exclusive insights from Mike Vernon of Arval, a judging panel member, to uncover what the judges look for in a winning entry. Plus, don’t miss our conversation with Laura McLaren, Head of Continuous Improvement at Tesco, a brand synonymous with customer-first thinking and proud sponsor of this award category. Tune in for a deep dive into the world of customer excellence! To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:29:39

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EXTRA: Excellence in Continuous Improvement Culture

5/9/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! In this episode, we dive into the heart of "Excellence in Continuous Improvement Culture" with insights from two of the judging panel, Carla Thomas and Martin Brenig-Jones. They reveal the tough decision to award two outstanding winners, CooperVision and Smiths, each embodying excellence in CI Culture in their own unique approaches. Hear from these inspiring organisations and their journey to success, alongside insights from award sponsor, PMI, into what it is that attracts them to sponsor this prestigious accolade. To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:44:04

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Katie Talks: Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn

5/6/2024
Step into the realm of leadership mastery as we meet Katie Anderson, an international recognised author, leadership consultant, coach and professional speaker. Join us as we delve deep into purpose-driven leadership, continuous improvement, and it's importance in organisational culture. We uncover transformative insights from Katie's bestselling book, "Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn," hailed with international acclaim, including the prestigious Shingo Publication Award! In this episode, Katie shares her profound experiences living across seven countries and collaborating closely with Toyota leader Mr Yoshino, offering a global perspective that enriches our understanding of leadership excellence. From aligning actions with inner purpose to embracing failure as a catalyst for growth, Katie unveils her secrets to fostering cultures of learning that accelerate individual and organisational impact. Explore the evolution of purpose-driven leadership and discover the pivotal role of reflection and continuous learning in personal and professional development. Gain insights into creating psychological safety and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, essential for driving innovation in today's dynamic landscape. This is an enlightening conversation not to be missed, as Katie takes us on a journey inside her remarkable career, offering precious insights into purpose-driven leadership, continuous improvement, and the transformative power of reflection and growth. Key Takeaways: 🔗 Links to Katie's resources: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kbjanderson/ KbjAnderson.com - https://kbjanderson.com/ Learning to LEAD, Leading to LEARN - https://amzn.to/3UwhBRk To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:00:53:39

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EXTRA: Transformation Excellence

4/30/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! The UK Excellence Awards celebrate organisations achieving significant operational transformations, benefiting customers and employees alike. Entries, ranging from cultural shifts to process improvements, compete for the prestigious Transformation Excellence Award. In this episode, we hear from 2023 laureates Jade Wilcox of Wilcox Limousines (winners) and Laura McLaren of Tesco (finalists), both sharing their transformation journeys. Additionally, we discuss the symbiotic relationship between the award and Strathclyde Business School, with Katie Ballantyne providing insights as both a school representative and a judge in this category. To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:30:59

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EXTRA: UK Excellence Awards: Headline Sponsor - forvis mazars

4/16/2024
This is Ever-So-Lean Extra, where we serve up an extra dose of excellence! In Season 1, we're immersing ourselves in the prestigious UK Excellence Awards, an event that epitomises innovation, quality and sheer excellence on a national scale. Imagine a platform where industry leaders, influencers, and visionaries converge to celebrate the pinnacle of achievement in business. We're rolling up our sleeves and diving headfirst into each award category. From the judges who meticulously study every submission to the sponsors who lend their support, from the finalists who embody excellence to the winners who stand triumphant—we'll hear from them all! In this episode, Matt sits down with forvis mazars Partner, Alan Frost, to explore the profound connection between forvis mazars and the UK Excellence Awards. Uncover the driving forces behind forvis mazars' steadfast commitment to recognising and celebrating excellence in business. Gain invaluable insights into the synergies between forvis mazars' values and the ethos of the UK Excellence Awards, and discover the transformative impact of this partnership on the business landscape. To learn more about the UK Excellence Awards and the benefits of being a BQF member, visit www.bqf.org.uk. And don't forget to tune in to more episodes of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, available on all major platforms or at www.eversolean.com.

Duration:00:20:06

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David vs Goliath: The Rise of Fix Radio

3/24/2024
Tune that dial for an inspiration fuelled journey through the epic saga of Fix Radio, a modern-day David battling the industry Goliaths in the realm of UK radio. Led by visionary Founder Louis Timpany and industry veteran, Director Paul Chantler. Fix Radio's rise from humble beginnings to national acclaim is a gripping tale of passion, perseverance and the power of innovation. Join Paul and Matt as they peel back the layers of this captivating narrative, uncovering the secrets behind Fix Radio's meteoric ascent and the daring manoeuvres that propelled it to the forefront of the radio industry. What were the challenges? Where did the idea of a UK trades focused radio station come from? And what about the presenters, are they really builders? Prepare to be swept away by tales of triumph, resilience and the unwavering pursuit of excellence as we explore the remarkable journey of Fix Radio, a true underdog story for the ages. Key Takeaways: 🔗 Links to Paul's resources: FIX Radio - https://www.fixradio.co.uk/ Paul's Website - https://paulchantler.com/ Essential Media Law - https://amzn.to/3Ty1O4h Sadly Paul passed away on 31.03.2024, just weeks after appearing on the show following a short battle with illness. I will forever be grateful to Paul for giving me his time, his kind words, his wisdom and the inspiring stories that he shared with us. He was a true legend and loved by many in the radio industry. Thank you Paul, you will be missed! To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:00:59:56

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Sleep Talk: Performance

3/11/2024
Welcome to a transformative episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, where we delve into the fascinating world of sleep, stress management, and peak performance with the remarkable Alexandra Gibson. Join us on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment as Alexandra shares her insights into optimising performance and well-being through the power of quality sleep and stress management. From her acclaimed clinics in London's Harley Street to virtual boardrooms, Alexandra's mission is clear: to optimise performance and wellbeing by unlocking the power of quality sleep and stress management. Just how important is a good nights rest? Why does it matter? How many hours of sleep should we get? Get answers to these questions and more, as we explore the profound impact of sleep on our cognitive abilities, physical health, problem solving and overall well-being. Discover practical strategies for enhancing sleep quality, navigating change, and embracing a mindset of growth and positivity. Get ready to "awaken" your sleepy self and embark on the road to optimal performance and well-being with Alexandra Gibson. Key Takeaways: 🔗 Links to Alexandra's resources: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandragibson/ Sandbox Hypnotherapy - https://www.sandboxhypnotherapy.co.uk/ To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:01:01:35

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Saboteurs

2/26/2024
In this episode, we dive deep into the world of personal growth and overcoming self-sabotage with the remarkable Ani Naqvi, Owner of the Ultimate Results Group. Ani's journey from surviving the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami to becoming a leading voice in executive coaching and mentorship is nothing short of inspiring. With over 15 years of experience in C-suite leadership, Ani has honed her expertise in unlocking the full potential of individuals and organisations. Through her brilliant coaching and mentoring, she has guided numerous CEOs, founders, and senior executives toward greater productivity, fulfilment, and mental freedom. In this insightful conversation, Ani sheds light on the often-overlooked phenomenon of self-sabotage, offering profound insights into understanding and overcoming internal barriers. She emphasises the importance of self-awareness in recognising negative emotions and thoughts as precursors to self-sabotaging behaviours, highlighting its pivotal role in fostering personal growth. Ani discusses strategies for identifying common inner saboteurs like the inner critic and perfectionist, and shares practical techniques for cultivating confidence and success. She delves into the transformative power of mindfulness practices, enabling individuals to ground themselves in the present moment, quiet negative thoughts, and enhance self-awareness for more intentional decision-making. Join us for this enlightening conversation with Ani Naqvi as we uncover the keys to understanding and overcoming self-sabotage, unlocking true potential and living our best lives. 🔗 Links to Ani's resources: Ani's LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ani-naqvi/ Ultimate Results Group - https://ultimateresultsgroup.com/ Key Takeaways: Identifying Saboteurs: Mindfulness: Neuroplasticity: Blueprint for Growth: Connection and Support: Embracing Discomfort: Purpose Alignment: Choice Empowerment: Celebration of Success: To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:01:06:54

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Introducing Quantum Lean

2/12/2024
In today's episode, we're crossing the Atlantic to introduce you to two industry trailblazers reshaping lean systems - Sean Fields and Dr. Michael Sanders. Their Quantum Lean (QL) methodology promises to revolutionise traditional frameworks, offering simplification on traditional Lean methods and accelerated and sustainable improvements, particularly in high mix, low volume scenarios. Join us as we delve into Quantum Lean with Sean and Michael, uncovering a fresh perspective that transcends conventional approaches and hearing about where it has come from. Discover practical tips for garnering buy-in and ensuring the longevity of Lean initiatives, while challenging your perceptions of business purpose. 🔗 Links to resources: Dr. Michael Sanders LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-michael-sanders-893070a/ Sean Fields LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-fields-21290b45/ Quantum Lean Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Lean-Taking-Systems-Level/dp/1604271752/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QOIXO6C4KK3U&keywords=quantum+lean&qid=1707319734&sprefix=QUANTUM+LEAN%252Caps%252C167&sr=8-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=eversolean-21&linkCode=ur2&linkId=9a07e0e6e6e18e9c03cb1f356ece079f&camp=1634&creative=6738 Key Takeaways: Quantum Lean Philosophy: Simplified Approach: Focus on the Product's Perspective: Management Commitment and Avoiding Pitfalls: Future Developments and Resources: To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:00:58:31

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Crisis to Triumph: Kesslers Redefining Retail

1/29/2024
Embark on a riveting journey with our guest Daniel Astarita, Managing Director at Kesslers London, as he unveils the transformative tale of rebuilding a retail giant. From transparent communication to strategic risk-taking, Daniel's leadership principles breathe life into Kesslers' incredible resurgence—£0 to £15 million turnover in just 2.5 years! Join us to explore the power of customer connections, agile adaptation and the delicate balance between efficiency and employee well-being. This episode is a masterclass in resilience, innovation and the unwavering pursuit of making UK retail the most exciting destination globally. Don't miss this dynamic conversation on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! 🔗 Links to Daniel's resources: Daniel's LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-astarita/ Kesslers London - https://www.kesslers.com/ Key Takeaways: To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:01:01:51

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Unlocking Potential: Empowering Growth & Innovation

1/15/2024
Embark on an illuminating journey through the realms of manufacturing, leadership, and personal growth with David Savage, a seasoned leader and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). David's expertise goes beyond the pursuit of process optimisation; he is driven by uncovering the latent human potential thriving within the manufacturing landscape. With diverse roles in engineering, manufacturing and leadership, David discerned a profound correlation between refining operational processes and nurturing talent. This realisation steered his trajectory towards coaching and personal development, deviating from conventional industry paradigms. In his role as a Transformation Leader, David's innovative coaching-centred approach yielded remarkable results, witnessing a doubling of output and substantial reductions in lead times. His methodology prioritises team engagement, fostering an organic culture of quality. David's impact extends beyond typical Lean Innovation practices, not solely fixated on defect reduction but also on cultivating environments that nurture talent and stimulate innovative thinking. His proficiency as a Professional Co-Active Coach empowers individuals to translate aspirations into actionable steps, breathing renewed vitality into organisations. In this enlightening episode, David shares invaluable insights into self-awareness, team dynamics, and unlocking untapped potential within organisations. He unveils strategies to nurture empowering cultures, challenge prevailing management fallacies and cultivate growth-oriented mindsets in manufacturing settings. 🌟 Embrace the Power of "No" and Prioritize Yourself! 💪 Dive into the essence of a true growth mindset with David Savage on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast. 🚀 Discover the intriguing concept of the Level 0 Meeting that promises to revolutionize your approach to personal and professional growth. Join us as we explore the uncharted territory of unleashing human potential, guided by David Savage's warmth and expertise. Key Takeaways: 🔗 Links to David's resources: Daring to set a New Standard: Building a culture where people thrive - https://www.linkedin.com/events/daringtosetanewstandard-buildin7147948571038740481/comments/ David LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-savage-rocket-science/ To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:01:05:55

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Aston’s Story: A Story of Growth, Resilience & Triumph

12/18/2023
Prepare for an extraordinary episode on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast featuring the remarkable Aston Avery. An advocate for autism acceptance and mental health awareness, Aston shares his inspiring narrative. From overcoming childhood challenges with autism, health issues and bullying to emerging as a beacon of advocacy, a performer, presenter and confident radio host, Aston's journey is one of resilience and growth. Aston's remarkable story is not only an inspiration but a testament to his unwavering spirit and a 'can do' attitude. Despite being a multi-award-winning charity ambassador, Aston's humility and genuine warmth shine through. His captivating sense of humour and down-to-earth nature make for an endearing and engaging conversation. Aston's ability to see the positive, overcome challenges and find his way, demonstrating astounding personal resilience, leaves us with powerful life and business lessons that really do underline the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion in our workplaces and communities, and the power of positivity. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a remarkable and endearing human being who's leaving a lasting impact on both the people that he meets, and society as a whole. 🔗 Links to Aston's resources: Team Avery Essex - https://www.teamaveryessex.com/home/ Anna Kennedy Online - https://www.annakennedyonline.com/ Aston on the Radio (Gateway 97.8) - https://www.gateway978.com/author/aston Key Takeaways: To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:00:54:00

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Putting the Answer Where the Question Is - SOPs

12/4/2023
In this ground-breaking episode, we unveil the transformative power of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with Tom Hughes, an industry luminary who has navigated multiple sectors with finesse. Tom, a seasoned professional rooted in Engineering and Lean Methodologies, opens the door to a world where SOPs are not just a corporate necessity but a strategic force for operational excellence. We kick off delving into the genesis of GEMBADOCS, Tom's brainchild born from a need to revolutionize SOP creation and management. Tom's insights reveal how GEMBADOCS identified the void in SOP handling, turning mundane procedures into a dynamic tool for efficiency and growth. Tom shares his invaluable experiences highlighting the most prevalent pitfalls companies face with SOPs. He unveils how GEMBADOCS addressed these challenges, reshaping SOP management from a 'folder in a drawer' scenario to an actively utilised strategic asset. The conversation pivots to the significance of placing SOPs precisely where they are needed, at the right time, and for the right people. Tom elaborates on how SOPs provide solutions rather than just guidelines, becoming instrumental in unlocking efficiency and operational prowess. Tom unravels the mystery behind escaping the SOP wallpaper syndrome, where SOPs merely gather dust in forgotten folders. He provides a roadmap for organisations to not only create SOPs but to ensure their active usage and relevance. Discover how SOPs intertwine seamlessly with Lean principles, fostering a culture of Continuous Improvement. Tom presents compelling success stories where GEMBADOCS has significantly streamlined SOP creation and usage, bringing tangible benefits to companies globally. The discussion zooms into the future, predicting the trajectory of SOP management amid rapid technological evolution. Tom sheds light on the promising horizon, emphasising the role of technology in enhancing SOP accessibility and effectiveness. Closing with a treasure trove of advice, Tom shares invaluable insights and best practices for organisations struggling with SOP management. He emphasizes the importance of collaboration, simplicity, technology adoption and a culture of Continuous Improvement for SOPs to be truly impactful. This episode is a journey through the evolution of SOPs, from overlooked documents to strategic powerhouses. Tom Hughes's expertise and GEMBADOCS' innovation mark a pivotal shift, transforming SOPs into dynamic tools that not only streamline operations but also foster a culture of continuous improvement and efficiency within organisations. Tom offers Ever-So-Lean listeners a 10% discount on a subscription to GEMBADOCS following a 30-day FREE trial. Simply follow this link and then quote the code 'EVERSOLEAN10' to benefit from this incredible offer - https://gembadocsapp.page.link/77bEaYkFTF64t7dd7 🔗 Links to Tom's resources, offering a low cost and game changing solution to SOP creation and management: Tom's FREE book 'IMPROVEMENT STARTS WITH I'. A practical guide to building an extraordinary Lean culture - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ovjhlzmun13i4np/Improvement%20Starts%20With%20I_interior-v6%206x9%20%282%29.pdf?dl=0 G.R.E.A.T PROCESSES. A FREE quick guide on how to make any workplace better with SOPs - https://www.dropbox.com/s/g58685876k6vkct/GREAT%20PROCESSES_interior-v4%20with%20cover.pdf?dl=0 Key Takeaways: To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast...

Duration:01:06:01

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Safe Conversations for Work and Life

11/20/2023
On this episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, we embark on a profound exploration of Mental Health, Wellness, Resilience and Mindfulness with our esteemed guest, Bill Carson. Bill, a visionary leader in the sphere of mental wellness, brings a wealth of experience as an author, speaker, facilitator, and coach, dedicating his life to guiding individuals, businesses, and communities through the complexities of mental health challenges. 🌟 Bill provides insights on: 🧘 Mindfulness Mastery: Discover practical strategies shared by Bill for seamlessly integrating mindfulness practices into daily routines, fostering present-mindedness and grounding. 🤝 Empathy vs. Sympathy: Delve into the distinctions between empathy and sympathy, unveiling deeper insights challenging conventional perspectives. 🔑 Strategies for Stress Management: Gain invaluable techniques for stress management and burnout prevention, nurturing mental and emotional wellbeing. 🔄 Navigating Change: Explore the emotional landscape of change management and the Four W's framework (why, what, how, what-ifs) crucial for successful workplace transitions. 👥 Managerial Empathy: Highlighting the significance of managers recognizing and empathetically addressing team members' mental health challenges, fostering a supportive work environment. 🗣️ Creating Safe Spaces: Explore the importance of authentic, open dialogues that validate feelings, build trust, and foster genuine connections. 🌟 Leadership Dynamics: Unveil the essence of empathetic leadership, where understanding, support, and compassion intersect with business demands and mental health awareness. 📚 Resource Spotlight: Bill's newly released book, "SAFE Conversations for Work and Life," and workshops dedicated to mental health, offering valuable tools for personal and professional growth. 🌍 Overall Impact: This episode echoes the essential need for empathy, mindfulness, and space for emotional expression in both professional and personal realms. Bill's insights serve as a guiding light towards holistic mental wellness and resilience. Tune in to this enlightening conversation with Bill Carson, as he navigates the intricate tapestry of mental health, providing a roadmap towards a more empathetic, mindful, and resilient way of living. Key Takeaways: 1. Change is a rollercoaster of emotions, right? Knowing how folks react—both positively and negatively—makes all the difference when change hits. 2. Ever tried flipping a bad mood to a good one? Bill talked about shifting your mindset, focusing on a positive mindset and keeping check of emotions. 3. The Four W's of Change Management were great—why, what, how, and the what-ifs—are like the roadmap for making changes in any work place. 4. For real, when change hits, people’s emotions matter. Ignoring how it messes with folks' feelings can crank up the stress levels big time. Factoring in this in the planning stage and keep emotional wellness first will reduce the impact of change and bode well for a successful and sustained change. 5. Talking mental health? It’s a big deal. Making it safe to chat about tough stuff builds support networks that really have your back. It’s ok not to be ok. 6. Creating safe spaces for real talk is huge. Being open and raw helps build trust and bonds. 7. Validating feelings in chat? Yep, it's legit. Being genuine and respecting how others feel makes a safe zone for conversations. 8. Leaders, empathy is critical. Having empathy and backing up your teams dealing with their stuff? That's leadership gold. That’s true leadership. 9. Empathy over sympathy—it's about understanding others' concerns or worries without making it all about your own tales. That's how you really connect. 10. Balancing stress with mindfulness and knowing when to take some time for you. Super important for staying cool, collected and focused. 11. Leading a team means also holding folks accountable while having their backs when mental health stuff comes...

Duration:00:57:15

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UK Excellence Awards 2023 (Part II)

11/9/2023
Get ready for an extraordinary, bumper special episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! In this episode (Part II), Matt takes you on a thrilling journey back to the unforgettable night of October 5th when the prestigious London Hilton Bankside played host to the UK Excellence Awards 2023. This wasn't just any celebration; it marked a momentous milestone as the British Quality Foundation (BQF) celebrated 30 glorious years as the Home of UK Excellence. Picture a night brimming with brilliance, dedicated to honouring remarkable achievements and capturing the very essence of excellence. Matt has your backstage pass to relive the electric atmosphere, the jubilant celebrations, and to introduce you to the incredible individuals who made this event truly exceptional. It was an evening where inspiration flowed freely, where exceptional individuals united to share their extraordinary paths to excellence. The event was nothing short of a triumph, with a record-breaking number of entries and tickets selling out in the blink of an eye. A dedicated panel of 76 experts deliberated on 475 talented individuals from 134 different teams and organisations, making this the grandest BQF awards program to date. If you're in need of uplifting, feel-good vibes and eager to hear about outstanding work not only in the UK but beyond, you're in the right place. Brace yourself for some live event audio that captures the exuberant atmosphere, making this episode a lively and charming experience like no other. Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do, enquire about becoming a member and enjoy the benefits - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:01:04:15

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UK Excellence Awards 2023 (Part I)

11/5/2023
Get ready for an extraordinary, bumper special episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! In this episode (Part I), Matt takes you on a thrilling journey back to the unforgettable night of October 5th when the prestigious London Hilton Bankside played host to the UK Excellence Awards 2023. This wasn't just any celebration; it marked a momentous milestone as the British Quality Foundation (BQF) celebrated 30 glorious years as the Home of UK Excellence. Picture a night brimming with brilliance, dedicated to honouring remarkable achievements and capturing the very essence of excellence. Matt has your backstage pass to relive the electric atmosphere, the jubilant celebrations, and to introduce you to the incredible individuals who made this event truly exceptional. It was an evening where inspiration flowed freely, where exceptional individuals united to share their extraordinary paths to excellence. The event was nothing short of a triumph, with a record-breaking number of entries and tickets selling out in the blink of an eye. A dedicated panel of 76 experts deliberated on 475 talented individuals from 134 different teams and organisations, making this the grandest BQF awards program to date. If you're in need of uplifting, feel-good vibes and eager to hear about outstanding work not only in the UK but beyond, you're in the right place. Brace yourself for some live event audio that captures the exuberant atmosphere, making this episode a lively and charming experience like no other. Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do, enquire about becoming a member and enjoy the benefits - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!

Duration:01:02:47