In our discussion, we talk about the state of the job market for folks with lean experience and what helps a lean candidate stand out in the marketplace. If you enjoy this podcast, I hope you’ll check out the rest of the series by visiting the LeanBlog podcast main page.
Show Notes and Approximate Time, Episode #16
- 1:30 About Jim, his background with lean, about his firm
- 2:50 What does it mean, “retained search firm”?
- 4:40 Jim’s firm defines lean as “Toyota Way leadership” — Toyota Production System AND the Toyota Product Development System
- 5:00 How is the job market for lean talent, generally speaking?
- 6:30 People “used to hire forktruck operators out of Toyota” because they thought they knew the secret sauce
- 7:40 Jim Womack’s email about the end of “the lean tool age”
- 8:00 How do you consider someone’s individual or local lean accomplishments versus a good candidate having been in a prototypical lean company?
- 9:30 What are Jim’s 5 profiles for excellent lean candidates?
- 10:30 Been in the Toyota Product Development System market very heavily lately, the talent with experience there has been slim
- 12:30 The market for lean in services areas
- 16:00 What about recruitment for executive level positions?
- 21:45 Harder to find people who can use lean to drive growth or revenue rather than only reducing costs/waste
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About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus.