Recordings: The Lean Mindset Event with GE CEO Larry Culp and Many Special Guests

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Updated: The recordings from this inspiring day are now online. I'll be sharing thoughts and reflections in future posts.

The Lean Mindset - See the entire series of posts

I was very excited to learn about an event that was produced by GE on Wednesday, September 6th, in New York City. I'm thrilled to have been invited to attend in person, along with other “Lean Influencers,” including my friends Katie Anderson and Jamie V. Parker. We will be fortunate to be there in person to share highlights from the event via social media, blog posts, podcasts, and more.

The recordings are available here


The GE press release:

GE CONVENES CEOS, ATHLETES, ENTREPRENEURS, AND EXPERTS FOR FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND LEADERSHIP EVENT

See the LinkedIn Event page:

The Lean Mindset: The Pursuit of Progress

Before I tell you more about the event, I'm also excited to share that everything will be live-streamed through the Bloomberg Originals YouTube channel, and you can watch it all live. GE posted the videos to their GE YouTube channel as a playlist.


Scroll down to see the list of attendees.

As GE describes:

“At GE, we've been on a journey to deeply embrace a lean mindset, with a relentless focus on continuous improvement and the pursuit of progress at every turn. It's this mindset that gives us the tools and instincts to make the right decisions to best deliver for our customers.”

It's an event intended to be “centered around cultivating the right mindset to deeply embrace lean thinking.” 

That's a mindset that, of course, can be used in various departments (not just manufacturing), settings, and industries. Here is a short GE overview about Lean:


Almost five years ago, Larry Culp became the first outsider CEO in GE's long history. There seems to be a monumental culture shift taking place, with more to come.


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I wrote some blog posts based on Larry's remarks at last year's AME annual conference:


The Lineup:

Back to the September 6 event, the range of speakers at the event illustrates a wide range of backgrounds and professions:

Participants Include:

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO
NBA Athlete, Co-Founder & Chairman Ante Inc.

PETER ARDUINI
President & CEO, GE HealthCare

LARRY CULP
Chairman & CEO, GE and CEO, GE Aerospace

True lean is a mindset, it is when the lean practices and tools become so deeply embedded in how an organization works that they create a problem-solving culture where problems are embraced, owned, analyzed, and fixed.  - Larry Culp, GE

Read Larry's article about a “Lean Mindset” on LinkedIn:

CAROL DWECK 
Psychologist & Author (author of the fantastic book Mindset)

JIM FARLEY
President & CEO, Ford

DAVID GELB 
Director, Producer, Writer (including “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”)

LAURA KAVANAGH
NYC Fire Commissioner

DARA KHOSROWSHAHI 
CEO, Uber

ADMIRAL (RETIRED) BILL LESCHER 
41st Vice Chief of Naval Operations

DR. TOM MIHALJEVIC, MD
CEO & President, Cleveland Clinic

Watch a discussion with Mr. Mihaljevic and Larry Culp from late 2022:

PATTI POPPE 
CEO, PG&E

WOLFGANG PUCK 
Chef & Restaurateur

VICENTE REYNAL 
Chairman, President & CEO
Ingersoll Rand

SCOTT STRAZIK 
CEO, GE Vernova

DR. LISA YERIAN, MD 
Chief Improvement Officer
Cleveland Clinic

I'm hoping that this event will give a big boost to the Lean movement — providing energy and opportunities for people who are leading “middle up” and “middle down” to influence their executives and CEOs about the coming testimonials to the power of Lean — not Lean tools, but the Lean mindset.

My understanding is that GE is not looking for the glory here. They aim to showcase the impact that Lean has had more broadly, across multiple industries. And, secondarily, to show how Lean has helped GE.

Disclosure: GE has invited me to attend this event as a media partner and is covering some travel expenses for me.


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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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