Ryan Weiss on Purpose + People + Process = Performance; Modernizing TWI


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My guest for Episode #414 of the Lean Blog Interviews podcast is Ryan Weiss. He is president of his firm Effective Performance Strategies, based out of the Chicago area. We had a great discussion today about topics including Training Within Industry (TWI) and we chat just a little bit about BBQ (although it's not an episode of “Lean BBQ” ala “Lean Whiskey” (new episode coming Friday).

Topics, questions, and links related to today's episode include:

  • How did you get introduced to Lean?
  • Becoming a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
  • How do you engage people? What was your epiphany on people?
  • Purpose + People + Process = Performance
  • Taxation without representation :: kaizen without participation
  • What is TWI?? How were you exposed to Training Within Industry?
  • What happens when you're promoted as a leader?
  • Explaining WHY
  • It's not just about manufacturing? 

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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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