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Mark Graban interviews leaders and innovators in the Lean thinking world. Topics will include Lean manufacturing, Lean healthcare, Lean production, Lean startups, and Lean enterprise. Visit the blog at www.leanblog.org. For feedback, email mark@leanblog.org. All past episodes, with show notes and more, can be found at www.leancast.org.

Mark Graban interviews leaders and innovators in the Lean thinking world. Topics will include Lean manufacturing, Lean healthcare, Lean production, Lean startups, and Lean enterprise. Visit the blog at www.leanblog.org. For feedback, email mark@leanblog.org. All past episodes, with show notes and more, can be found at www.leancast.org.

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Mark Graban interviews leaders and innovators in the Lean thinking world. Topics will include Lean manufacturing, Lean healthcare, Lean production, Lean startups, and Lean enterprise. Visit the blog at www.leanblog.org. For feedback, email mark@leanblog.org. All past episodes, with show notes and more, can be found at www.leancast.org.

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@markgraban

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English


Episodes

Elisabeth Swan on the Problems With Brainstorming and Why "Structure Sets You Free"

10/20/2020
https://www.leanblog.org/389 My guest for Episode #389 is Elisabeth Swan. She is the co-author of The Problem-Solver's Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe Podcast. As her bio says, she's "been helping people successfully build their problem-solving muscles for over 30 years, and she loves what she does every single day." In the episode, we discuss brainstorming, using an article she wrote for GoLeanSixSigma.com as the starting point: "Green Belts: Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of...

Duration:00:54:02

Michael Lombard on Kata, Crises, and his AME Conference Keynote

10/13/2020
https://www.leanblog.org/388 My guest for Episode #388 is my friend Michael Lombard. I first met Michael when he lived in the DFW area and first got into healthcare. He has been a Lean facilitator / coach in numerous healthcare organizations and has been a hospital CEO in Louisiana before taking his current role, again focusing on process improvement, at Kaiser Permanente in California. Michael is doing a unique and, I think, groundbreaking keynote talk at the upcoming AME Virtual...

Duration:00:54:08

Seán Paul Teeling on Lean Healthcare and Covid-19 Treatment in Ireland

10/4/2020
My guest for Episode #387 of the podcast is Sán Paul Teeling, who joins us from Dublin, Ireland. He is the Programme Director for the Professional Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Lean Healthcare at UCD Health Systems. Seán Paul is also an Assistant Professor in Health Systems/Mater Lean Academy. He was previously Lean Manager at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin. You can read his full bio here. Seán Paul and I have collaborated a few times — I was invited to give a...

Duration:01:07:44

Bonus: Billy Taylor's "Favorite Mistake"

10/2/2020
I'm crossposting Episode #5 of my new podcast series "My Favorite Mistake." My guest here is Billy Taylor, who was my guest on episodes #293 and 298 of this series, Lean Blog Interviews. Billy is a retired operations executive with Goodyear who now has his own consulting group. In this episode, Billy talks about how he learned from mistakes related to not respecting standards -- when he was a kid and when he was a rising operations leader at Goodyear. I know you'll enjoy this episode as a...

Duration:00:28:30

Steven J. Spear Remembers Hajime Oba of Toyota

9/29/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/386 Joining me again for Episode #386 is Steve Spear, who reached out to share recollections of one of his most influential teachers and mentors, Hajime Oba, who passed away earlier this month at 75. I never had the chance to learn directly from Mr. Oba, but he is legendary in Lean circles and I know many people who were deeply influenced by Mr. Oba. I hope to interview more of them in the near future. My deepest condolences go out to Mr. Oba's family, friends, and...

Duration:00:45:25

Emily Elrod on What it Means to Work "WISE"

9/21/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/385 My guest for Episode #385 of the podcast is Emily Elrod, the president of the firm Workzbe, based in Georgia. We have shared interests in Lean, ergonomics, healthcare and creating better workplaces. We met earlier this year and she was kind enough to interview me for her YouTube channel. As she describes in the episode, her career has evolved from designing equipment, to wellness and Lean in a health system, to her own firm. Her WISE framework means to work...

Duration:00:55:46

Craig Gygi on the "Truth About Data"

9/10/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/384 Joining me today for Episode #384 of the podcast is Craig Gygi, co-author of the book Six Sigma for Dummies. He also managing principal and owner of the firm Strategic Productivity. You can read his full bio there. He also has an online course called “Truth About Data” which covers statistical process control for business metrics, as I have written about. So, we have that shared interest in data, statistical methods, and problem solving even if he comes at it...

Duration:01:05:57

Patrick Anderson on Deming, Lean, and Shifting From Command and Control

8/30/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/383 Joining me today for Episode #383 of the podcast is Patrick Anderson, the CEO of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (or "RurAL CAP"). Patrick was previously a guest way back in Episodes #53 and #71. Today, we'll talk how ideas from Dr. W. Edwards Deming and Lean have influenced him as he has led different organizations. He shares thoughts about shifting an organization away from a "command and control" approach, what "respect for people" means to...

Duration:01:10:13

Announcing a New Podcast Series: “My Favorite Mistake: Reflections From Business Leaders”

8/27/2020
Learn more: http://leanblog.org/audio309 Subscribe: http://myfavoritemistakepodcast.com/

Duration:00:11:06

Tom Peters on Managing During the Madness of Covid Times and Beyond

8/23/2020
https://www.leanblog.org/382 for show notes and more I'm really excited to be speaking to my guest for Episode #382 of the podcast… he is the legendary Tom Peters — author, speaker, and consultant. His response to me calling him “legendary” at the start of the episode gives you a glimpse into the fun conversation we had on some very important topics. Today, we'll be talking about his “Excellence Manifesto 2020” and a theme he has tweeted about a lot, leading amongst the “madness of...

Duration:01:10:14

John Toussaint, MD on Managing During Covid-19 Times & Beyond

8/16/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/381 Joining me for the ninth time on the podcast, for Episode #381, is Dr. John Toussaint, chairman of Catalysis. John is author or co-author of three books -- well actually it's four books, as a new one is available for pre-order now with an expected September 1st release: Becoming the Change: Leadership Behavior Strategies for Continuous Improvement in Healthcare. Today, we'll talk about the new book a bit (but we'll save most of that conversation for an upcoming...

Duration:00:38:34

Dr. Randal Pinkett Reflects on Winning "The Apprentice," Re-Watching it With His Daughter, and More

8/11/2020
This is an excerpt from Episode #380 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast. Host Mark Graban interviews Dr. Randal Pinkett and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson and, in this clip, they reflect on Randal winning "The Apprentice" (the only person of color to do so) and how Donald Trump asked him if he would share the prize with the runner up, a white woman (Rebecca Jarvis). For a transcript and the entire episode, visit http://leanblog.org/380.

Duration:00:10:33

Dr. Randal Pinkett & Dr. Jeffrey Robinson on "Black Faces in White Places," The Apprentice, and More

8/11/2020
https://www.leanblog.org/380 Today's episode, #380, is very special to me for a number of reasons. For one, it's part of the #RootCauseRacism series that Deondra Wardelle has organized on my blog this week. Secondly, I'm joined by Dr. Randal Pinkett and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson to talk about important issues of race, diversity, and equity in organizations. Together, they are co-authors of the book Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness and...

Duration:00:54:10

Katie Anderson's Daruma Giveaway Contest

8/7/2020
To enter Katie's contest: https://www.leanblog.org/katiecontest This bonus episode follows up on #379 with Katie

Duration:00:05:00

Katie Anderson on "Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn"

8/3/2020
https://www.leanblog.org/379 My guest for Episode #379, joining me for the fifth time, is Katie Anderson, author of the newly-released book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: Lessons from Toyota Leader Isao Yoshino on a Lifetime of Continuous Learning. In today's episode, we talk about how the book came to be and we, of course, talk about the process — the process of writing and publishing. You might also be interested in the webinar that Katie presented about some themes in the...

Duration:00:34:24

Bonus: How Can We (and Why Should We) Increase Diversity at Lean Events, etc.?

7/29/2020
This is a portion of a much longer interview (Lean Blog Interviews Episode #378): I'm joined by Christopher D. Chapman, Senior Lean Transformation Coach at Chapman Lean Enterprise and Dr. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, a social scientist, Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University. I was first introduced to Chris through his article that was published on the Lean Enterprise Institute's “The Lean Post” section titled “Lean in...

Duration:00:21:41

Christopher D. Chapman and Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, PhD on Lean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

7/29/2020
https://www.leanblog.org/378 Joining me for Episode #378 are Christopher D. Chapman, Senior Lean Transformation Coach at Chapman Lean Enterprise and Dr. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, a social scientist, Associate Professor, and Director of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University. I was first introduced to Chris through his article that was published on the Lean Enterprise Institute's "The Lean Post" section titled "Lean in Lean Thinkers to Root Out Racial...

Duration:01:52:30

Ritu Ward on Developing People and Elevating Leaders

7/20/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/377 My guest for Episode #377 is Ritu Ward, an experienced healthcare executive who has had success delivering quality, growth, and strategy while leading high performing teams. We have known each other for a while through Lean healthcare circles and she presented a webinar in our KaiNexus series titled, “Leadership Behaviors to Guide Effective Change.” She was, until recently, the Regional Vice President for Mercy Labs in the West Region. Ritu also worked...

Duration:00:57:02

Lauren Hisey on Lean, Six Sigma, and A.I.

7/14/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/376 Joining me for Episode #376 of the podcast is Lauren Hisey, a continuous improvement coach and consultant at her firm, Lauren Hisey Consulting. Before becoming a consultant, Lauren worked for AT&T and Nielsen in various technical and Lean Six Sigma roles. She has a BA in Political Science and Government and an MBA. Read more about Lauren via her bio. Today, we talk about the interface and overlap between concepts like Lean, Six Sigma, and Artificial...

Duration:00:44:08

Mohamed Saleh, PhD on Lean in Healthcare

7/9/2020
http://www.leanblog.org/375 My guest for Episode #375 of the podcast is Mohamed Saleh, Ph.D. Dr. Saleh has been a practitioner in Lean & Six Sigma transformations, in both manufacturing and service sectors. Mohamed was directly mentored by one of the country’s foremost experts on enterprise-wide Lean transformation and the Toyota Production System (TPS). He has extensive experience in hands-on healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain, network optimization and enterprise information...

Duration:00:53:32