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Podcast #158 – Art Byrne, “The Lean Turnaround”


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My guest for podcast #158 is Art Byrne, author of the new book The Lean Turnaround: How Business Leaders Use Lean Principles to Create Value and Transform Their Company. Art is very well known in the Lean community for his successful run as CEO of Wiremold, having previously worked at GE and Danaher.  He is currently Operating Partner at the private equity firm J. W. Childs Associates L.P. In this podcast, Art talks about operations improvement as a business strategy, why the CEO needs to be directly involved in a Lean transformation, why “stretch goals” aren't demoralizing when you have the right leadership and culture, and more.

Click here for a link to video of the Virginia Mason Medical Center visit to Wiremold over 10 years ago, as mentioned by Art (video via Bob Emiliani).

You can also read Bob's thoughtful review of Art's book. Also, listen to my podcast with Bob (who documented the Wiremold story in the book Better Thinking, Better Results: Case Study and Analysis of an Enterprise-Wide Lean Transformation), where he talks about what happened to Lean at Wiremold after the company was purchased and Art left.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

  1. Shmuel Korb says

    Hey Mark-

    Listened to the podcast this morning, and I have to say, this was one of the best in the series. Art Byrne’s accomplishments proceed him, as any reader of Better Thinking, Better Results knows well, but hearing from him directly is even more inspiring. Thanks for bringing this interview to the Lean community – I’m going to go buy his book now :-).

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