LeanBlog Podcast #27 – Jim Baran, Value Stream Leadership, “Lean Careers”


LeanBlog Podcast #27 is the second part of two with Jim Baran, the Owner of Value Stream Leadership, a leading recruiting firm that specializes in Lean talent. Part One of that discussion can be found here. In this part of the discussion, we focus more on Lean career paths for Lean leaders and practitioners, how to differentiate yourself and how to progress in your Lean career.

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Keywords and Main Points, Episode #27

  • Advice for lean job seekers
  • When should you move on? How can a recruiter tell if lack of lean success was due to lack of lean understanding versus the failings of the organization they were a part of?
  • Lean accounting and lean product development experience, “transactional lean”
  • Lean in a smaller company provides many opportunitiesThe importance of selling yourself (and selling lean ideas), keeping track of your accomplishments and what happenedHow can Jim try to tell if a client would be (or is) a good lean company? Walking the shopfloor…
  • Lean Certification value?
  • Lean recruiting, Value Stream Leadership, career management

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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