Interview with Bella Englebach on The Edges of Lean and More


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My guest for Episode #440 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Bella Englebach, the Lead Consultant at her firm “Lean for Humans.”

She is also the host of the podcast “The Edges of Lean,” which is part of the Lean Communicators group. Bella is also the author of the book Creatively Lean: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Drive Innovation Throughout Your Organization.

Today, we discuss topics and questions including:

  • Finding the balance between listening to a sensei vs. trying things and experimenting yourself?
  • Managing to Learn book – pulling back from telling
  • Working with middle managers caught in the middle
  • What's your Lean origin story??
  • Getting out of the “way we've always done it” habit
  • Six Sigma – didn't work well in R&D — why?
  • Creative problem solving methodology?
  • Creative solution generation?
  • “Don't be so sure!”
  • Lean – at a company via the phrase “process excellence”
  • Are we solving the right / biggest problem??
  • The people side… Meaning behind the name of your company? “Lean for Humans”
  • Episode 32 of “Lean Whiskey”
  • Host of “The Edges of Lean” — podcast
  • Episode 437 Peter Docker

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.

This podcast is part of the #LeanCommunicators network

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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