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WLEI: Ep. 8 Mindfulness and Leading with Respect with Mike Orzen and John Shook
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | May 22, 2018
Audio
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.  Additional Articles:Mindfulness and Leading with RespectDoing Versus Being – How Mindfulness Supports Better Lean ThinkingDoing Versus Being – How Mindfulness Supports Better Lean Thinking, Part 2 More »
WLEI: Ep. 7 Is Lean Thinking Japanese Culture? Jim Womack and Matt Savas Discuss What They Saw While Touring Toyota in Japan
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | May 8, 2018
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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.  Interested in joining a tour? Contact us for more information on Japan and US tours at learningtours@lean.  org. More »
WLEI: EP. 6 Fighting Poverty with Lean Product/Process Development at MIT D-Lab
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | April 23, 2018
Audio
D-Lab at MIT is using LPPD thinking to help solve problems in the developing world, and are truly making the world a better place for all those involved.  Today Kendra Leith, Associate Director for Research, at D-Lab joined LEI’s Communication’s director to share more about how D-Lab works and some of the great projects they are working on.  To learn more about D-Lab at MIT and the great projects they are working on visit d-lab.  mit.  edu.  To hear from Kendra Leith in person join us this June 19-20 at the Designing the Future Summit in Traverse City, Michigan. There More »
WLEI: Ep. 5: The Lean Farm and Sharing Your Gift Live from the 2018 Lean Transformation Summit
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | April 10, 2018
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Live from the 2018 Lean Transformation Summit in Nashville, Jim Womack interviews Ben Hartman, author of the Lean Farm, Joel Daly General Manager Veada Industries, and Aluminum Trailer CEO/Owner Steve Brenneman.  You’ll hear how lean thinking was shared from one person to another in very different industries, and the amazing changes that took place.  Related Books: The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work More »
WLEI: Ep. 4: Tracey and Ernie Richardson with John Shook Live at the Lean Transformation Summit
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | March 28, 2018
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Tracey and Ernie Richardson, authors of the Toyota Engagement Equation join John Shook on the main stage at the Lean Transformation Summit in Nashville.  Related Books: The Toyota Engagement Equation: How to Understand and Implement Continuous Improvement Thinking in Any Organization  More »
WLEI: Ep. 3: Amazon and Buffet Tackle the Healthcare Tapeworm with Eric Buehrens and Chet Marchwinski
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | March 22, 2018
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A few weeks ago Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet, and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon announced that they are forming their own company to combat the costs and issues with healthcare in the US.   LEI's CEO Eric Buehrens sat down with LEI's Communications Director, Chet Marchwinski to discuss this new organization, and talk about some of the challenges they may face and offering some advice.  Eric Buehrens is the former deputy provost for administration at Harvard University, executive vice president, COO, and interim CEO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and as EVP and COO of More »
WLEI: Ep. 1: Lean and Tesla with John Shook and Jim Womack
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | March 14, 2018
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Lean thought leaders Jim Womack and John Shook discuss Tesla.  Related Articles:Tesla vs. TPS: Seeking the Soul in the New Machine While Tesla has excited customers and drawn praise for innovative design and bold thinking, author Jeff Liker believes that it faces tough challenges in its approach to ramping up production that challenge its mechanistic vision of manufacturing.  The Road to Production Hell is Paved with Lack of LPPD The real work of companies like Tesla who face stupendous challenges in launching a product should have happened long before production commenced, says Jim Morgan, noting that the time for urgency, the time More »
WLEI: Ep. 2: Shook & Womack discuss the creation of the books Learning to See and Managing to Learn
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | March 14, 2018
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20 years ago the book Learning to See was published, bringing with it the concept of Value Stream Mapping. Now 20 years later the book is still a best seller and Value Stream Mapping is the cornerstone of lean thinking. Jim Womack, the publisher of the book sits down with John Shook one of the book's authors to talk about what it took to make such a pioneering publication.  John and Jim also discuss the book Managing to Learn which explored A3 creation and coaching. More »
Gold Mine, The (audiobook)
By: Freddy Ballé and Michael Ballé | November 9, 2010
Audio; Books
An unabridged audio version of The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround, a Shingo Research Prize recipient in 2006.    More »
THE END OF THE LINE FOR GM-TOYOTA JOINT VENTURE
By: Langfitt, Frank | March 28, 2010
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LEI Founder and Chairman Jim Womack and Senior Advisor John Shook are among the key experts interviewed for this look at the success of the Toyota-GM joint venture and what prevented GM from quickly deploying lessons that may have prevented bankruptcy.    ("All Things Considered," March 26, 2010.  ) More »
Podcast Interview with Joan Wellman on Early Days of Lean Healthcare
By: Graban, Mark | December 3, 2009
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Joan Wellman is interviewed by Mark Graban, Senior Fellow at the Lean Enterprise Institute, about her initial Lean Healthcare work that dates back to 1995 at a Seattle-area hospital. Use the streaming player below or click on "read more" for more listening options.    More »
Dr. John Toussaint on Lean and Healthcare Reform
By: Graban, Mark | August 19, 2009
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In this podcast, LEI Senior Fellow Mark Graban welcomes John Toussaint, MD, CEO emeritus of ThedaCare, and CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, to his Lean Blog podcast. In this discussion, Dr. Toussaint discusses "what's missing" in the Washington healthcare reform debate and shares how lean and other quality improvement efforts are the key to sustainable reform.   Listen via this player or click on the link below: More »
Forward to Fundamentals Webinar with Jim Womack and John Shook
By: Shook, John; Jim Womack | April 23, 2009
Audio; Videos and Webinars
In recent years, most discussions around lean transformation have understandably evolved toward more managerial and strategic matters. Yet there remains an alarming lack of solid implementation of the fundamentals! In this current economic crisis we can actually move our lean journeys forward faster by looking back to the lessons that led to the creation of TPS in the weakened Japanese economy following World War II. This webinar is designed to uncover the deep roots of the original lean thinking and tools and how you can better focus your own lean implementation plans and execution.  This webinar features Jim Womack, Chairman More »
Podcast with John S. Toussaint, MD, about Lean at ThedaCare
By: Graban, Mark | January 12, 2009
Audio
Mark Graban welcomes John Toussaint, MD, CEO emeritus of ThedaCare, and CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, to his Lean Blog podcast. Dr. Toussaint, known for his leadership of the lean efforts at ThedaCare, done under the heading of the ThedaCare Improvement System, talks about ThedaCare's lean journey and how lean concepts can help what ails U.  S. healthcare.   Listen via this player or click the link below:   More »
Lean Thinking, 2nd Edition (audiobook)
By: James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones | March 2, 2003
Audio; Books
Are the calls for making the lean leap falling on deaf ears in the boardroom? Just slip this audio CD of the Lean Thinking onto the boss’s home stereo to get the message across subliminally. Then get out of the way when the boss comes to work and rushes onto the shop floor to lead kaizen workshops. More »
Gemba Walks, 2nd Edition (audiobook)
By: Jim Womack
Audio; Books
A collection of essays read aloud by author Jim Womack, based on the many gemba walks he has taken around the world. The 2nd edition contains 12 new essays, including thoughts on lean in healthcare and government. More »
Lean Solutions (audiobook)
By: James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones
Audio; Books
An abridged version on CD of Lean Solutions, read by author James P. Womack.  A massive disconnect exists between consumers and providers today. Consumers have a greater selection of higher quality goods to choose from and can obtain these items from a growing number of sources. Computers, cars, and even big-box retail sites promise to solve our every need. So why aren’t consumers any happier? Because everything surrounding the process of obtaining and using all these products causes us frustration and disappointment. Why is it that, when our computers or our cell phones fail to satisfy our needs, virtually every interaction More »