57 minutes | Feb 22nd 2016

Episode 028: Norman Bodek – Give People the Opportunity to Become Masters

Today’s guest is Norman Bodek. Norman has played a prime role in introducing Lean to the West. He started with Vern Buehler of the Shingo Prize and is a Shingo Prize winner. He is a frequent keynote speaker on Quick and Easy Kaizen, Lean manufacturing, and the Harada Method. He has written hundreds of articles; and when he owned Productivity Press he published a 100 Japanese management books in English, over 250 published books on productivity and quality, and has written seven books including his How to Do Kaizen and the Harada Method.  Norman has met Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Dr. Joseph Juran, Phil Crosby, Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, Dr. Joji Akao, Mr. Taiichi Ohno, Dr. Shigeo Shingo and many other great manufacturing masters and published many of their books in English. This interview is a little bit longer than our usual podcast episodes but it’s well worth the listen.  In the course of our discussion Norman and I talk about: His experiences with Shigeo Shingo Asking the right questions Becoming a Master at something The power of Self Reliance A unique charity in India and that is teaching self reliance I really enjoyed my conversation with Norman and appreciate him sharing his experiences and knowledge with the podcast audience. Interview Links Lean Health by Paul Akers Norman Bodek Collection on Amazon.com Srinivasan Services Trust Norman’s company PCS Press Sponsors Get a free audio book from Audible.com Chris wants to talk to you about your Lean Journey Schedule a free 15 minute call with Chris
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