Matt May, Former Toyota Guy, Talks About His… Acting Career?


I mentioned his episode the other day, but I really liked Matt May's episode of “My Favorite Mistake.” It's an opportunity to better get to know an author you may know… somebody I've interviewed on my Lean Blog Interviews podcast before.

Before he started teaching at the University of Toyota, he had pursued an acting career, appearing on a soap opera. Yes, that's right. Was that a mistake? Was moving to Los Angeles a mistake?

As it tends to go with “favorite mistakes,” he learned from them and things turned out for the best.

Beyond Matt's personal stories, we talk about creating an environment at work where it's safe to talk about mistakes.

And here are Matt's episodes with me from the Lean 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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