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WLEI - Lean Enterprise Institute's Podcast
41 minutes | May 24, 2021
Exploring When More is Not Better With Roger Martin
Roger Martin’s terrific new book When More is Not Better proposes tangible suggestions for broadening the economic gains from democratic capitalism. He critiques the concentration of wealth and power that decades of what he calls America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency have generated, proposing tangible measures for business leaders, politicians, educators and citizens to pursue. In this conversation with LEI Host Tom Ehrenfeld, Roger explores lean-adjacent measures that complement his message. What operational, approaches might be considered in concert with his policy-based and systematic suggestions? Download a transcript of this talk here.
52 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Diving Deep to Discover the Value of Lean Companies with Cliff Ransom
Lean done right can dramatically boost the value of any enterprise over the long term, argues Cliff Ransom. For decades Cliff has been analyzing the value of companies by researching and above all visiting them to suss out the integrity of their lean practice. His detailed reports (by his firm Ransom Research) on the performance of companies such as Danaher, GE, Fortive, and many others are closely followed by a passionate slice of the investment world. The following conversation drills down into the lessons learned from looking at public companies through lean-colored glasses. Click Here to download a transcript of the conversation.
46 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Seeking the Right Problems to Solve: Catch the WLEI Podcast with Author Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg makes a bold promise in his new book, What’s Your Problem? (Harvard Business Review Press, 2020.) He seeks to upgrade people’s ability to solve problems by understanding how to solve the right problems. Learning to reframe problems can help people to stop chasing the wrong solutions, better understand what they are grappling with, and, in some cases find radically better solutions. Join us in listening to his insights on ways that everyone can boost their ability to solve the right problems. Click here to download a full transcript of the conversation.
38 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Exploring the Continued Relevance of Lean, A Best of Podcast
The global pandemic coupled with profound structural economic shifts are two daunting challenges reinforcing the need for a powerful method of framing and facing crucial problems today. Over the past year, our monthly podcast WLEI has aired conversations with Jim Womack, Dan Jones, Karen Gaudet, and other thought leaders exploring the power of lean—and adjacent schools of thought—as a source of promising countermeasures. Lean can help people face problems both large (reviving healthy enterprise in this economy) and small (clarifying tangible ways to create workplaces that respect their workers). Thinkers such as Dan Heath discussed the power of solving problems completely--but more importantly, preventing them from happening in the first place. Author/coach Karen Gaudet explained how a disciplined system of standard work can create a workplace that is resilient enough to respond to unimaginable tragedy. And while tackling external problems is vital, many individuals also noted the need for lean to squarely face its own challenges. Jim Womack addressed the perennial misunderstandings attributed to lean when things fall apart. Mark Deluzio led a conversation with Art Byrne and Jim Womack about the struggle to spark meaningful lean adoption. And Dan Jones proposed powerful ways of rethinking lean for the future. These talks provide a wealth of insights for you to apply as practical tips—and ways to think deeper about your lean journey.
44 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Diving Deeper into the Toyota Way: A Podcast with Jeff Liker
Professor Jeffrey Liker’s The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles From the World’s Greatest Manufacturer has proved to be one of the most influential books of the lean movement—and beyond. Last month he published a revised second edition of this classic resource, bringing new thinking and context to his explanation of what makes this system so dynamic and enduring. Liker explains his emphasis on what scholar Takahiro Fujimoto calls its “superior evolutionary learning capability,” providing more grit and clarity on topics such as its organic (not mechanistic) nature. Listen to him discuss these topics with LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld in this new edition of the WLEI podcast. You can download a PDF of the transcript at https://www.lean.org/Search/Documents/600.pdf
61 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Making Lean Stick and Avoiding Flatlining: A Conversation with Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, andJim Womack
The long-term success of companies like Danaher, Fortive, Herman Miller, Parker Hannifin and many others, have all validated the power of lean thinking and practice. But if that’s the case, why aren’t there more exemplars? And why do so many companies either intentionally misconstrue Lean, or fail to realize its full promise over time? Long-time Lean veteran Mark Deluzio has recently published Flatlined: Why Lean Transformations Fail and What to Do About It. Join him, Art Byrne, Jim Womack and host Tom Ehrenfeld in a wide-ranging conversation about the ongoing gap between operations at most companies—and an ideal Lean state. Be sure to download an edited transcript of their conversation here.
40 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
Leading to Learn, Learning to Lead: A Podcast with Katie Anderson and Isao Yoshino
“It’s only a failure if you don’t learn,” says Mr. Isao Yoshino, who shared many key lessons from his career at Toyota with Katie Anderson, who based her new book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn on his experience and insights. Join us for a podcast with host Tom Ehrenfeld that explores the lessons gleaned from his career at Toyota. Download a complete transcript of the conversation here: https://www.lean.org/Search/Documents/597.pdf
34 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Becoming the Change with John Toussaint and Kim Barnas
Lean has always promised great improvements for health care providers, but has there been a personal element that has been lacking to date? In this episode of WLEI, two healthcare giants, Kim Barnas and John Toussaint, will share a key insight from their new book Becoming the Change: they argue that personal transformation on the part of healthcare leaders plays a vital role in broader organizational change. Listen in for insights and advice on how to help your lean effort. You can download a transcript by copying the following URL into your browser: https://www.lean.org/Search/Documents/596.pdf
26 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Exploring the Advantages of Online Learning
As all of us try to figure out how to work in this pandemic-tinted world, lean practice suggests a few practical approaches. In this special edition of WLEI, the podcast of the Lean Enterprise Institute LEI’s Josh Howell, Matt Savas, and Masia Goodman talk about how the design of the upcoming Virtual Lean Learning Experience taps into lean ways of learning and leverages the latest learning technologies. You can download a transcript by copying the following URL into your browser: https://www.lean.org/Search/Documents/594.pdf
35 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
Tapping Technology to Boost the Power of Lean: A Talk with Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan
Industry 4.0 is not a disruptive force that makes TPS irrelevant, but rather can be an enabler that builds on lean culture and thinking. What principles should lean companies prioritize as they introduce digital tools into their work? Lean thinkers Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan start with the basics of people, processes, and purpose. Listen in to their thoughts as they discuss the TPS-Industry 4.0 mashup with Host Tom Ehrenfeld in this latest episode of WLEI. You can read and download a complete transcript of the conversation Copy and past this link: https://www.lean.org/common/display/?o=5333
27 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
Tailoring a Path to Lean Transformation
Over the past five years, the Lean Global Network’s Lean Healthcare Initiative has carried out extensive research in eight hospitals across five countries, and recently published the white paper, "5 Guiding Principles to Transform Healthcare." In this podcast, LEI Senior Coach and white paper co-author Alice Lee shares insights into the research conducted by this group of “tailors” (individuals who saw patterns and helped identify how to apply them). She expands on the five guiding principles they developed and explains how these insights were gleaned from healthcare organizations. The principles provide guidance for any chief architect in any organization looking for traction with their lean work. You can download a free copy of the paper here. Download a transcript of the conversation here. Learn from top healthcare leaders who are transforming their organizations through lean thinking and practice, including, Lisa Yerian, MD, Chief Improvement Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, and John Shook, senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute Kimberly Eng, Chief Operating Officer, Lynn Community Health Center, and Kiame Mahaniah, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Community Health Center Jack Billi, MD, Medical Director, Collaborative Quality Initiatives, and Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Engineering, University of Michigan Carlos Frederico Pinto, M.D. (aka Dr. Fred); CEO; Instituto de Oncologia do Vale (IOV) Get more details about and register for the Virtual Lean Learning Experience 2020.
36 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
How to Develop Emotional Agility At Work: A Conversation with Susan David
Regardless of how well you track tangible metrics in your workplace, neglecting underlying emotions has enduring costs, says Susan David, author of the best-selling book Emotional Agility. Many performance gaps are partly caused by human factors—underlying conditions that don’t necessarily show up on Pareto charts, yet have as much relevance and bearing on business outcomes as other common gaps that are identified as problems to address. Join this WLEI podcast for a wide-ranging conversation about the need to acknowledge and “manage” emotions as a means of developing broader agility for your work team.
26 minutes | May 24, 2020
How Will Lean Shape the Post-Covid World?
"What will the world look like when Covid-19 recedes, and what role will Lean play? According to Lean Pioneer Dan Jones, Lean can play a key role in shaping the emerging economy in numerous ways—not simply boosting performance of legacy assets of mass production, but also helping to scale up new technologies much faster through several generations with user feedback. “Most significantly, it can mobilize the creative contribution of everyone, including users, to develop very different and sustainable systems for the future.” Tune in to this conversation between Dan and WLEI Podcast Host Tom Ehrenfeld for an engaging conversation into the potential role of Lean as we move into and beyond this current age. Download a transcript of the interview here. And check out this Lean Post adapted from Dan’s talk."
39 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Practicing Steady Work for Lean Value with Karen Gaudet
"What is the role of a lean leader, and what is the humbling daily work that goes into this task? How can one humbly assume the very ambitious role of leading others in earnest lean practice? And how does one prepare for heroic actions by creating a steady cadence of productive daily habits? These are the types of questions explored by Karen Gaudet in her new LEI book titled Steady Work. Tune in to her podcast with Tom Ehrenfeld here."
53 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Preventing Problems by Thinking Upstream: A Talk with Author Dan Heath
“We should shift more of our energies upstream personally, organizationally, nationally, and globally. We can and we should stop dealing with the symptoms of problems again and again, and start fixing them." So writes author Dan Heath in his terrific new book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, which has just been published. This conversation between LEI editor Tom Ehrenfeld and Dan explores the practical applications of the upstream mindset, and; given the timing, explores how upstream thinking is all the more relevant in our current pandemic. Please listen in, and stay tuned until the final minutes of this podcast: Dan makes a special offer to all you listeners!
23 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
Why You Need A Product Focus for Enterprise Transformation
In his talk from the 2018 Designing the Future summit, Rivian COO and LEI Senior Advisor Jim Morgan discusses how Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) serves as an enterprise activity that can engage the entire organization and improve operations and growth. LPPD's principles and practices will result in better products, argues Morgan, who shares the following key ideas: *People first *Understand—then execute *Design new value streams *Create a framework of success *Constantly learn and improve *Establish an effective management system Tune in here to listen to the full podcast of his presentation about creating a shared future. And download a transcript of this talk here. Read more from Jim by checking his previous articles: Creating New Value and A Lesson in Fundamentals Are You Building High-Performing Teams? Product Focus=Customer Focus The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection TPS 2.0? Also check out his book Designing the Future Finally, learn more about the 2020 DTF summit
31 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
Lean in the Time of Coronavirus
In times of crisis, lean offers a stable approach to healthy work. Furthermore, as Jim Womack notes in this podcast with Tom Ehrenfeld, foundational lean practices such as just-in-time supply chains are not—and have never been—liabilities in a time such as today’s coronavirus outbreak. Misguided stories about the woes of JIT are as misguided today as they were when they appeared during avian flu, SARS, and other legitimate medical events that required large supplies of emergency goods. Womack also talks about the lessons to be found in Karen Gaudet’s book Steady Work as they relate to having a stable work environment that enables people to not think about the work—but to already have that mindfulness built in, so they can simply serve other humans in the moment, at a time of great need. Listen to this conversation on the LEI podcast here. Related articles/content: Jim Womack’s 2006 essay Just In Time, Just In Case and Just Plain Wrong. Jim Womack’s 2006 essay Fewer Heroes, More Farmers. Karen Gaudet’s book Steady Work.
62 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
On the Job with Tom Root, Managing Partner of Zingerman's Mail Order
Spoiler alert! The food you just ate is not fresh. It was "sourced" longer ago than you'd imagine. And since that time, it's been handled in batch after batch. The same can be said for many lean transformations - one batch of improvement activity after another. Zingerman's Mail Order has been reducing batch sizes for 15 years, acting as a sort of "model line" for the entire food industry. Tom Root and Josh Howell discuss ZMO's lean transformation and their many lessons learned, searching for useful takeaways for you the listener.
64 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Designing the Future: A WLEI Podcast with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and COO Jim Morgan
If you do not yet know the company Rivian you will undoubtedly know it very soon.In 2019 Rivian made waves in the auto industry by announcing two “electricadventure vehicles”, the R1T – an electric pickup truck - and the R1S - an electricSUV. Both vehicles are expected to launch in the United States later thisyear and globally in 2021. Rivian is also developing a fleet of electric deliveryvans to fulfill a 100,000-unit order placed by Amazon. In the last twelvemonths the electric vehicle company has raised 3 billion dollars.Listen in to hear how R.J. and Jim are bringing this vision to life.Reference links: Podcast teaser video Rivian.com Episode One: The Climb | Adventurous Forever | Rivian Elon Musk’s New Nemesis: Rivian Founder R.J. Scaringe Has a $3 Billion War Chest And Tesla In His Headlights
42 minutes | Feb 9, 2020
What’s the Problem: Andrew Lingel Discusses Transforming a Family Business through Knowledge, Grit, and Outrage
Andrew Lingel, President of United Plastic Fabricating, discusses leading lean transformation of a family business through knowledge, grit, and outrage.
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