WLEI - Lean Enterprise Institute's Podcast

WLEI PodcastWLEI is the official podcast of the Lean Enterprise Institute.

WLEI will primarily focus on lean thinking and practice. You will hear from lean thought leaders and people practing lean in interesting ways and environments. Plus will also interview people from different communities of thought, whom we feel have an important and interesting message to share.

If you have a question you’d like answered on a future podcast, show feedback, or an idea you’d like to share, please send it to pod@lean.org!

(permalink) S2. Ep. 3 What Cannot Be Grown Must be Mined - What is Lean in Mining with Laura Mottola and Mark Reich February 8, 2019
Featuring: Laura Mottola and Mark Reich

"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.

(permalink) Alan Mulally, former Ford and Boeing CEO sits down with Jim Morgan to discuss Leadership, Designing the Future Special Ep. 2 January 21, 2019
Featuring: Jim Morgan and Alan Mulally

“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.
(permalink) Four Types of Problems, author Art Smalley digs in on problem solving December 21, 2018
Featuring: Art Smalley

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.

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(permalink) Designing the Future Jim Morgan Talks Passion with Dave Pericak - A WLEI Special November 26, 2018
Featuring: Jim Morgan and Dave Pericak

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.

Learn more about Lean product and process development at leanpd.org.

(permalink) Season 2 Ep. 1 Leadership at the Gemba with Scott Heydon and John Shook November 5, 2018
Featuring: Scott Heydon and John Shook

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.

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