Episode #426: John Gallagher, Lean and The Uncommon Leader


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My guest for Episode #426 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is John Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Growing Champions, LLC, an Executive Coach, Mentor, and Consultant. John was with Simpler Consulting for over a decade after being an operations manager and a division president for two different companies.

He's also the host of a new podcast called The Uncommon Leader. I'll be John's guest in an episode to be released on October 19th.

Today, we talk about topics and questions including:

  • Where did you first get exposed to Lean?
  • Why were you skeptical about Lean at first?
  • Came from MRP batch & queue world
  • Rapid Improvement Event or Rapid Planning Event?
  • His first sensei, the late Bill Moffitt
  • “Comfort the afflicted or afflict the comforted?”
  • Who were some of your key mentors?
  • Lean Thinking was a key book, the first book he read on Lean
  • Being an operations manager vs. a division president… what did you learn from those roles?
  • Applying Lean to residential real estate sales
  • Healthcare? Patients aren't cars?? Addressing that? Cookbook medicine?
  • “Unique care delivered in a standard way”
  • Tell us about the podcast…  inspired by Tony Dungy's book
  • Who have been some of your guests? — Including Paul De Chant
  • Who are some of the “uncommon leaders” you have worked for, worked with, or coached? What made them uncommon?
  • Posts I was reminded of
  • Coaching work? Lean coach to exec coach?

The podcast is sponsored by Stiles Associates, now in their 30th year of business. They are the go-to Lean recruiting firm serving the manufacturing, private equity, and healthcare industries. Learn more.

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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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