LeanBlog Podcast #38 – Bob Emiliani, “Practical Lean Leadership”


Here is LeanBlog Podcast #38, our guest today is Bob Emiliani, the author of Practical Lean Leadership: A Strategic Leadership Guide For Executives. It's a workbook-style guide that forces you to think through your own leadership approach and your own situation.

In this podcast, we talk about “lean leadership,” “value added behaviors,” and some pitfalls to avoid in lean implementations.

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LeanBlog Podcast #38 Key Points & Key Words

  • How Bob first got involved with Lean and, especially, the leadership component.
  • What's different about this new Lean book?
  • What are some examples of “non-value-added” management activities or behaviors?
  • A definition of kaizen that emphasizes that kaizen cannot be sub-optimizing, you must look at the whole
  • Some errors to avoid in Lean implementation, avoiding “fake Lean”

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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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