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Podcast #175 – Mike Taubitz, Lean and Safety

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Mike Podcast #175   Mike Taubitz, Lean and Safety leanMy guest for podcast #175 is Mike Taubitz of the firm Sustainable Lean and  FDR Safety. Mike is a retired GM employee (including a stint as Global Safety Director)  and we met at the Michigan Lean Consortium conference in 2011. We quickly discovered our shared interest in Dr. Deming, Lean, and, most importantly, safety improvement.

I hope you enjoy our chat about his background and lessons from his career, the integration of Lean practices and safety improvement, lessons from Paul O’Neill and other great topics. Like my dad, Mike is a graduate of the then General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

Some key quotes:

  • “It’s not just what you do, but why.”
  • 5S is not just neat, clean, and organized – it’s about team identifying waste and developing standards
  • We are “a nation of solution seekers” instead of working on “foundational thinking.”

For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/175.

For earlier episodes, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.

You can use the player (use the VCR-type controls) at the top of the post to listen to a streaming version of the podcast (or click here for the streaming audio and RSS subscription). The streaming link is faster for one-time listening (hardly any delay to start listening). Or you can use the download link to put it on your iPod or other MP3 player.

A new way to listen to free streaming episodes of the podcast: Download and listen via Stitcher.

If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at [email protected] or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.


mark graban lean blog Podcast #175   Mike Taubitz, Lean and Safety leanAbout 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.

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  1. I am a student at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan and helped audit the training that Mike was consulting on. I have a new appreciation for continuous improvement and safety thanks to Mike and his consulting partner Larry Osentoski.

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