Podcast #272 – Steve Thompson, Lean Supply Chain Lessons from Automotive to Healthcare

My guest for Episode #272 is Steve Thompson, Director of Patient Driven Supply Network initiatives for Cardinal Health, a global, integrated healthcare services and products company. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, dating back to his time spent working in the automotive industry.

In today’s episode, we talk about his lessons learned from General Motors and Lear Corporation and how he’s helping healthcare leaders apply these lessons to improve their supply chain operations.

In the past year, I’ve had a partnership with Cardinal Health, which has led to content like this webinar and article. That partnership led to the chance to meet Steve last year, and I’m very pleased to have him on the podcast. Enjoy!

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For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/272.

Topics and Links for this Episode:

  • Please introduce yourself and your background… how did you get introduced to Lean?
  • What are some of the key lessons you learned in the auto industry?
    • About Lean, materials management, and supply chains?
    • What does Scott say “Lean doesn’t do?”
    • Why you should start with Lean to get things under control and then apply Six Sigma
    • About leadership? How can leaders be “friendly toward change”
      • How do leaders need to learn how to lead differently
  • What lessons do you see as most applicable to healthcare organizations and supply chains?
    • Examples of healthcare supply chain improvement?
    • Change management challenges and advise for dealing with them?
    • Is it hard to get healthcare leaders to accept applicable ideas from other industries?
      • Cars are designed for productivity… are healthcare supply chains?
  • Advice for healthcare materials or supply chain leaders?
    • Advice for healthcare executives about the strategic importance of the supply chain?
  • Steve is speaking at LogiMed U.S. 2017, being held this March in Austin.

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Podcast Summaries and Articles:

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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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