Podcast #175 – Mike Taubitz, Lean and Safety

MP3 File (run time 28:17)

My guest for podcast #175 is Mike Taubitz of the firm Sustainable Lean and FDR Safety. Mike is a retired GM employee (including a stint as Global Safety Director)  and we met at the Michigan Lean Consortium conference in 2011. We quickly discovered our shared interest in Dr. Deming, Lean, and, most importantly, safety improvement.

I hope you enjoy our chat about his background and lessons from his career, the integration of Lean practices and safety improvement, lessons from Paul O'Neill and other great topics. Like my dad, Mike is a graduate of the then General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

Some key quotes:

  • “It's not just what you do, but why.”
  • 5S is not just neat, clean, and organized – it's about team identifying waste and developing standards
  • We are “a nation of solution seekers” instead of working on “foundational thinking.”

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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.

1 Comment
  1. Kaylee Betzinger says

    I am a student at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan and helped audit the training that Mike was consulting on. I have a new appreciation for continuous improvement and safety thanks to Mike and his consulting partner Larry Osentoski.

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