43 minutes | Apr 12th 2016

Episode 035: Dan Markovitz – Building the Fit Organization and Unleashing the Power of Lean

  Today’s guest is Dan Markovitz, President of Markovitz Consulting. Dan founded Markovitz Consulting to help organizations become faster, stronger, and more agile through the application of lean principles to knowledge work. Dan has worked with non-profit and governmental organizations such as the New York City Department of Health, Planned Parenthood, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as a diverse roster of corporations such Starkey Technologies, W.L. Gore & Associates, Abbott Vascular, Clif Bar, Hydro Flask, and CamelBak. He is a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and teaches at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program. He also lectures at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business. Markovitz has published articles in the Harvard Business Review blog, Rotman Management, Quality Progress, Industry Week, Reliable Plant, and Management Services Journal, among other magazines. In 2015, he keynoted the Lean UK Summit, the Lean Island Conference in Reykjavik, and the Printing Industry Association National Conference. He’s also a regular presenter at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence National Conference and the Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous. Dan is the author of two Shingo Award winning books, A Factory of One: Applying Lean Principles to Banish Waste and Improve Your Personal Performance and his most recent book Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive. Today Dan & I talk about: How a love for coaching runners has influenced his lean and continuous improvement journey The need for leadership to act and think differently as well as front line associates in applying lean principles An experience he recently had with a simple kaizen idea he observed that he thought really captures the true spirit of kaizen How a lot of people get lost on their lean journey by getting tripped up by 5S The generosity of the lean and continuous improvement community The power of benchmarking The need to overcome learned helplessness Interview Links The Machine That Changed The World
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