Podcast #103 – Matthew E. May, “The Shibumi Strategy”

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My guest for Episode #103 is Matthew E. May, returning to talk about his latest book, a business fable called The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change. I've been reading the book and have found it be a thought-provoking about your own personal effectiveness in a complex world.

MP3 File (run time 14:02)

This is also available as Video Podcast #12 if you want to watch us talk.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • What is “Shibumi” and where does the term come from?
  • What's the context for lean practitioners or students of Lean and TPS?
  • Did you reach a point of Shibumi while writing this book or in your other work?
  • Any particular reason you chose a car dealership as the job and the setting? Is it because it's stereotypically a very numbers-driven “get it done” setting?

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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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