Tag: Podcast – Kaizen

Podcast #242 – Staff & Leaders Talk About the Culture of Continuous Improvement at Franciscan St. Francis

Podcast #242 – Staff & Leaders Talk About the Culture of Continuous Improvement at Franciscan St. Francis

Episode #242 is unique in that it’s a collection of audio clips from videos that Joe Swartz and I shot in late 2014 at his health system, Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. In the videos, a number of nurses and leaders talk about continuous improvement in a way that’s fun, wise, and inspirational.

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Podcast #217 – Alan Robinson, The Idea-Driven Organization

Podcast #217 – Alan Robinson, The Idea-Driven Organization

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Our guest today is Alan G. Robinson, PhD, an award-winning author, educator, researcher and consultant. He has co-authored six books, including Modern Approaches to Manufacturing Improvement: The Shingo System, Ideas Are Free, and his latest, The Idea-Driven Organization. His specialties include managing continuous improvement, creativity, ideas and innovation, and Lean production, being one of the earliest professors to visit Japan to study the Toyota Production System.

Podcast #209 – George Friesen, Lean, Kaizen, and Idea Boards

Podcast #209 – George Friesen, Lean, Kaizen, and Idea Boards

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My guest for episode #209 is George Friesen, Business Practice Leader for Lean Transformations in the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College.

In this episode, we talk about his early experiences at the GM/Toyota NUMMI plant, why candor and trust are so important in a Lean transformation, and how to engage front-line employees in Kaizen and continuous improvement, and much more.

By September 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #187 – Joe Swartz, Co-Author of the “Healthcare Kaizen” Books

Podcast #187 – Joe Swartz, Co-Author of the “Healthcare Kaizen” Books

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Joe-Swartz-Photo-WebJoining me for episode #187 is Joe Swartz, my friend and esteemed co-author for our books Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements and The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization. You can learn more about our books here.

Joe is Director of Business Transformation at Franciscan St. Francis Health System in Indianapolis (his full bio is here). In the episode, we talk about his background with Kaizen and how he got into healthcare. Joe discusses how Franciscan got started with Kaizen, some of his favorite Kaizen examples, why it would have taken too long to engage everybody through Lean Six Sigma projects, what they are teaching managers about leading in a Kaizen culture, and the work that still needs to be done in their cultural transformation.

By September 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Podcast #186 – Jon Miller, “Creating a Kaizen Culture”

Podcast #186 – Jon Miller, “Creating a Kaizen Culture”

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millerMy guest for episode #186 is my friend Jon Miller, CEO of Kaizen Institute  and long-time blogger at Gemba Panta Rei. Today, we’re talking about his upcoming book, Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains  (co-authored by Mike Wroblewski and Jamie Villafuerte. I can’t believe I haven’t had Jon on the show before… hopefully this won’t be the last time.

In this episode, we’ll talk about “artifacts” of a Kaizen culture and why core beliefs, including safety and security, are so important. What are some of the other core beliefs in a Kaizen culture? Why are some of these beliefs and behaviors “not natural Japanese behaviors” and what are the implications for those of us doing this in other countries?

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/186.

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By September 19, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Podcast #136 – Paul Akers, His New Book “2 Second Lean”

Podcast #136 – Paul Akers, His New Book “2 Second Lean”

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paul-akersOur guest for episode #136 is Paul Akers, President of FastCap and author of the book 2 Second Lean. Here, we are talking about the new book and how small improvements that save 2 seconds in your daily work can contribute to an engaging and fun “Lean Culture.” You can also view a video recording of the discussion here on YouTube.

Paul was previously a guest on episode #122, talking about LeanAmerica.org, so please check that out too.

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/136.

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By January 26, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Podcast #133 – Mark Graban, Healthcare Kaizen Webinar Q&A

Podcast #133 – Mark Graban, Healthcare Kaizen Webinar Q&A

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Episode #133 is hosted by Ron Pereira, from Gemba Academy, as he leads me through additional Q&A as a follow up to our recent webinar on my upcoming book Healthcare Kaizen  and some of the concepts from the book on the theme of “Putting the Continuous Back in Continuous Improvement.” You can view the recording via this link.

Two of the main themes were that “kaizen” is not always about weeklong events and that suggestion boxes are not the same as the kaizen approach. Kaizen ideally involves everyone in continuous improvement, facilitated in ways that are better than the slow, batchy, non-collaborative suggestion box approach that many have tried and struggled with before.

For a link to this episode, refer people to  www.leanblog.org/133.

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By December 16, 2011 5 Comments Read More →
Podcast #95 – Norman Bodek “How to Do Kaizen”

Podcast #95 – Norman Bodek “How to Do Kaizen”

Also available as Video Podcast #11, Episode #95 of the LeanBlog Podcast  features  Norman Bodek talking about some of the ideas in his most recent book, How to do Kaizen: A new path to innovation – Empowering everyone to be a problem solver. Late in the podcast, Norman asks and answers an interesting question: what if an employee suggests “we should blow up the factory”??

This was recorded in March 2010, with Norman appearing from his office in Portland, OR.

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LeanBlog Podcast #1 — Norman Bodek

LeanBlog Podcast #1 — Norman Bodek

Here is my first LeanBlog Podcast, featuring author and consultant Norman Bodek, President of PCS Press.

I have to give credit for the idea to Norman, as he approached me about doing a series of audio interviews as a follow up to and continuation of our Q&A that I posted here on the blog earlier this year. I’ll take credit for turning it into a Podcast, something that I plan on making a regular feature, every month or so. There will be additional conversations with Norman and I also plan on interviewing other lean leaders and innovators.