LeanBlog Podcast #48 – Bob Emiliani, “Real Lean”


A returning guest (episodes #30 and #38), Bob Emiliani is again featured in episode #48 of the LeanBlog Podcast. 

He has, since 1995, focused his efforts on what he describes as de-mystifying the “black art” of Lean leadership. In this episode, we talk about his “Real Lean” series of books.

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Episode #48 Key Words and Links:

  • What was your motivation for writing the Real Lean series of books?
  • Respect for People” principle… this principle has been his main focus since the mid-1990s, and was featured in Bob's 1998 paper titled “Lean Behaviors” and his 2003 book “Better Thinking, Better Results.”
  • Scientific Management, Frederick Taylor, and Henry Ford
  • Yes, there will be a fourth and final volume. It will come out in January 2009. It is subtitled: “Learning the Craft of Lean Management.”

If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at leanpodcast@gmail.com or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the “Lean Line” at (817) 993-0630 or contact me via Skype id “mgraban”. Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.


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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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