Podcast #255 – Mark DeLuzio, “Turn Waste Into Wealth” With Lean

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 6.21.08 AMThis episode is sponsored by StoreSMART.

My guest for episode #255 is Mark DeLuzio, author of the recently-released book Turn Waste into Wealth: How to Find Cash in Every Corner of the Company. It’s Mark’s first book, but he’s been well known in the Lean community for a long time.

Mark started learning and practicing Lean in 1988 when he worked for Jake Brake, a Danaher company (and Danaher has long been considered a great Lean company). As his bio says, “After studying TPS under Taiichi Ohno’s influential Autonomous Study Group, he was instrumental in developing Jake’s first zero-defect line for Toyota’s Hino Motors. He has spent considerable time in Japan implementing TPS at various world-class companies and has had a successful career in finance.”

In 2007, Mark was inducted into the Shingo Academy for his contribution to the Lean movement. He is also CEO of the consulting firm Lean Horizons.

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For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/255.

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Topics covered and links related to the podcast:

  • His book’s website
  • How Mark got introduced to Lean, working with George Koenigsaecker and Art Byrne
  • Study missions to Japan (six times) with Nakao and Iwata from Shingujisu
  • Doing the first ever “3P?”
  • The Danaher story and the Danaher Business System
  • He writes, “Lean is adopted at the top, but driven by the bottom” – what does he mean?
  • Why can’t you delegate a Lean transformation?
  • How do you deal with “Lean naysayers?”
  • Why does “Lean Trump Six Sigma?”
  • Advice for hospitals that are just getting started with Lean?

For earlier episodes of my podcast, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS, through Android appsor via Apple iTunes.  You can also subscribe and listen via Stitcher.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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