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S2. Ep. 3 What Cannot Be Grown Must be Mined - What is Lean in Mining with Laura Mottola and Mark Reich

S2. Ep. 3 What Cannot Be Grown Must be Mined - What is Lean in Mining with Laura Mottola and Mark Reich

February 8, 2019

"If it cannot be grown, then it must be mined." 

Practically everything around you exists because of mining. From phones, to computers, to cars, to glasses, to your belt buckle, they all are made from mined resources. 

Laura Mottola has taken lean thinking underground, literally. Learn what lean in mining looks like, what it takes to engage those doing the work, and what is next for this ever evolving industry.

Alan Mulally, former Ford and Boeing CEO sits down with Jim Morgan to discuss Leadership, Designing the Future Special Ep. 2

Alan Mulally, former Ford and Boeing CEO sits down with Jim Morgan to discuss Leadership, Designing the Future Special Ep. 2

January 21, 2019

“It seemed nothing short of a miracle could save Ford Motor Company in the mid 2000s.  Ford didn’t receive a miracle, but it did get something just as valuable:  Alan Mulally.”  (Daniel Miller, The Motley Fool, May 2015)

In this podcast, Alan shares:

  • His view on the CEO’s role in a successful transformation.
  • What “people first” leadership means to him and how his basic values and love for people guide his decision making.
  • What he learned about innovation and customer focus from his lawn mowing business.
  • How his early experiences with lean and Toyota shaped his views on leadership and the importance of an effective management system.
  • How he has continuously improved and evolved his Working Together Management System for over 40 years, starting with aircraft development, then transformations of global organizations, and finally how it influences his work today with Google, Mayo Clinic, and Carbon 3D.

To learn more go to lean.org

S.2 Ep. 2 Four Types of Problems,  author Art Smalley digs in on problem solving

S.2 Ep. 2 Four Types of Problems, author Art Smalley digs in on problem solving

December 21, 2018

Author Art Smalley joins Chet Marchwinski to discuss problem solving and his new book Four Types of Problems from reactive trouble shooting to creative innovation.

Designing the Future Jim Morgan Talks Passion with 2015 Ford Mustang Chief Engineer, Dave Pericak - A WLEI Special

Designing the Future Jim Morgan Talks Passion with 2015 Ford Mustang Chief Engineer, Dave Pericak - A WLEI Special

November 26, 2018

In this special edition series, Designing the Future. Jim Morgan talks with Dave Pericak, the Chief Engineer of the 2015 Ford Mustang. 

Pericak was featured in A Faster Horse, a documentary exploring the ins and outs of designing world's most popular sports car. 

Morgan is the author of the new book, Designing the Future and has spent over 30 years in industry as a product development leader including serving as a global engineering director at Ford Motor Company during the product-led revitalization under CEO Alan Mulally.

Season 2 Ep. 1 Leadership at the Gemba with Scott Heydon and John Shook

Season 2 Ep. 1 Leadership at the Gemba with Scott Heydon and John Shook

November 5, 2018

Former Starbucks Executive and Senior Coach at LEI Scott Heydon, joined author and LEI Chairman John Shook for a last minute learning session at the Lean Coaching Summit. 

The response was so positive we've adapted it to be a podcast.

Ep. 11 Closing the Learning Gap with Steven Spear

Ep. 11 Closing the Learning Gap with Steven Spear

August 14, 2018

Today's podcast features a conversation about closing learning gaps between LEI's CEO Eric Beuhrens and Steve Spear. Steve is author of a few works key to understanding lean.  There’s “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Producing System” and “Learning to Lead at Toyota,” both in Harvard Business Review and his book The High Velocity Edge. 

As you’ll hear, Steve’s work really focuses on how Toyota as one of a few real exceptional organizations competes on the basis of a management system that optimizes on the speed, quality, and breadth of problem solving talent.  He coaches these capabilities into organizations ranging from hospitals, industrial companies to the US Navy through his company HVE LLC, and teaches about them at MIT where he’s a senior lecturer.

In this conversation chapters from his book The High Velocity Edge were mentioned. To read a pdf of those chapters go to: https://www.lean.org/downloads/The-High-Velocity-Edge-Chpt-1-4and5.pdf 

Ep. 10 Port to Plate, Lean Changes the Restaurant Industry with Legal Sea Foods’ Executive Chef Rich Vellante

Ep. 10 Port to Plate, Lean Changes the Restaurant Industry with Legal Sea Foods’ Executive Chef Rich Vellante

July 18, 2018

Can the restaurant industry change they way they've worked for decades? Legal Sea Foods has been on their lean journey for a few years and lean has influenced everything from the second that fish is caught right up until their guest has left the restaurant. 

Legal Sea Foods' Executive Chef, Richard Vellante sat down with LEI's Senior Coach, Josh Howell to talk about some of the changes and experiments that have taken place at several of Legal Sea Food's locations.

Ep. 9 Leadership, Building Consensus, and Embracing Culture with Dr. Kiame Mahaniah and John Shook

Ep. 9 Leadership, Building Consensus, and Embracing Culture with Dr. Kiame Mahaniah and John Shook

June 12, 2018

Two things to think about. Challenges and Culture.

Challenges shape who we are. I think we can all look at who we are and remember a few key challenges we’ve faced and how they have changed us and the way we view things. It certainly helps shape us as leaders.

Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, CEO of the Lynn Community Health Clinic.

Born in the Congo, raised in Switzerland, educated in the US, Kiame faced remarkable challenges, was immersed in multiple cultures, and has come out of all as a remarkable, yet humble leader that is focused on building consensus instead of being a top down iron fisted CEO.

Dr. Mahaniah was kind enough to sit down with LEI’s Chairman, John Shook to talk about growing up in different cultures, from the Congonese to the Quakers, and how he became a CEO in an organization trying to become lean, and helped keep that movement going. Which is something that typically ends lean’s progress in an organization.

Ep. 8 Mindfulness and Leading with Respect with Mike Orzen and John Shook

Ep. 8 Mindfulness and Leading with Respect with Mike Orzen and John Shook

May 22, 2018

Author and and LEI faculty member Mike Orzen discuss connecting with people through leading with respect with John Shook. 

The conversation primarily focuses on what mindfulness is and how it fits in with lean thinking and practice. Mike also gives some great tips on staying focused when you catch yourself getting distracted.

Ep. 7 Is Lean Thinking Japanese Culture? Jim Womack and Matt Savas Discuss What They Saw While Touring Toyota in Japan

Ep. 7 Is Lean Thinking Japanese Culture? Jim Womack and Matt Savas Discuss What They Saw While Touring Toyota in Japan

May 8, 2018

Jim Womack interviews Matt Savas about a recent trip to Toyota Motor Kyushu, Japan.

Matt and Jim share their observations on how Toyota has countermeasured their aging workforce by being clever and not replacing resect with robots.