I've owned the domain names LeanWhiskey.com and LeanWhisky.com for two years or so. That's not because I was going to get into the whiskey business like former Toyota guy David Meier.
I like Lean. I like Whiskey. I'll figure out what to do with the name, I thought. I wanted to call the 2018 event where we visited Toyota and Garrison Brothers distillery a “Lean Whiskey” gathering, but a “Symposium on Learning Organizations” was a more corporate-friendly name. LeanWhiskey.com had been pointing to that archive page.
But, now Lean Whiskey is a podcast that Jamie Flinchbaugh and I have started. I've kicked this idea around with a few people… that it would be fun to do a podcast that more's friendly and more conversation (and a bit looser in format and tone) than the formal interviews I've been doing since 2006 in my “Lean Blog Interviews” podcast.
With my interviews, I'm sometimes talking with an old friend, but more often it's somebody I barely know. And that leads to interesting discussions. I'm going to keep doing these.
But, Jamie and I have known each other for 20+ years and we have a lot in common… we went to the same program at MIT (him one year before me), we love trying to help people learn and improve through the Lean approach, and we enjoy a nice whiskey.
So, “Lean Whiskey” is sort of like a one-on-one “Lean Coffee” if you're familiar with that format. We plan some topics… we each pour a whiskey, and we gab and shoot the breeze in a way that's meant to more fun than formal. Our goal is to do these every month or two. There are times when one of us will record Lean Whiskey with another old friend (even if they're drinking iced tea).
In each episode, we'll talk about something in the news, we'll answer a listener question (submit one here), and we'll share tales from the Lean consulting road, and more.
Oh, and each time, we'll each have a whiskey that we'll talk about for a minute. That's sort of an ice-breaker, even we are drinking our whiskey neat. We're enjoying a whiskey together and having fun… not getting drunk and rowdy :-) If you don't care about whiskey, we'll hope you listen anyway (and you can fast forward through the brief whiskey chat if you like).
Here is the first episode if you want to stream it:
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Episode #1 Show Notes
In the very first episode of Lean Whiskey, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh, longtime friends, lean thinkers, and whiskey enthusiasts, join forces to enjoy a casual conversation — mostly about lean and a little bit about whiskey.
In Episode 1, which we labeled as a “wet run” instead of a “dry run”, we share some of our joint interests, explore our whiskey choices, react to an article about lean in the news, and take a listener question. What follows are some topics and relevant links:
- Mark and Jamie both attended MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing program, now rebranded as Leaders for Global Operations
- Mark shared his selection for non-Kentucky American whiskey as Garrison Brothers — the award-winning Balmorhea release
- Jamie shared his Wyoming Whiskey Outryder
- Mark and Jamie discussed this article about the Toledo Jeep factory
- Ask us a question for future blog posts. Send an email to email@example.com
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