Tag: Memoriam

In Memoriam: Masaaki Imai, “The Father of KAIZEN™” (1930⁠-⁠2023)

I was saddened to learn today that Masaaki Imai passed away, as announced this week by the organization he founded, KAIZEN Institute. He was...

In Memoriam: “Lean Blog Interviews” Podcast Guests Who Have Passed Away

Scroll down for how to subscribe, transcript, and more During our summer hiatus from releasing new podcast episodes, we're looking back at previous episodes of...

Mourning and Remembering My Time With Kaizen Mentor, Norman Bodek

I was incredibly saddened today to hear that Norman Bodek passed away yesterday in Japan, where he had recently moved with his wife, Noriko. Norman...

Remembering Hajime Oba of Toyota and TSSC (1945-2020)

I've seen a number of people post on LinkedIn about the passing of the legendary "Mr. Oba" of Toyota (sometimes spelled "Mr. Ohba") --...

Rest in Peace, Anthony Bourdain

I was very sad to see the news about Anthony Bourdain's death, reportedly by suicide. I regularly watched Bourdain's TV shows, "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown." I don't normally get too excited about celebrity, but I do remember entering a contest where the prize was a chance to have dinner with him. I also read his famed book Kitchen Confidential, which I really enjoyed. The other day, I saw a friend post a link to his 1999 article ("Don't Eat Before Reading This") in the New Yorker, which led to the 2001 book. He had a way with words, on the page and on screen.  

Tatsuro Toyoda, Former Head of NUMMI, President of Toyota, Passes Away...

Yesterday, I saw this headline from the Associated Press: "Tatsuro Toyoda, former head of Toyota, dies at 88" He passed away on December 30, 2017. I offer my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. In this post, I share some of his history and some reflections from two Americans who worked with him directly.

In Tribute to and in Memory of Dr. Michel Tétreault

I was very saddened earlier to receive an email from an employee of a great leader, Dr. Michel Tétreault, informing me that he had passed away. Michel was, since 2005, the CEO of St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg.

In Memoriam, Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

My deepest sympathies to his family and those who knew him. Steve Jobs is certainly an American original and he's the Thomas Edison and...