Bob Emiliani on Practical Lean Leadership – LeanBlog Podcast #38

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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
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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