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) Building A Fearless Organization: An interview with Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson October 21, 2019

How can one create a safe workplace where all employees are encouraged and expected to take ownership of their work? How can one build simple mechanisms to enable individuals to ask healthy questions and challenge each other? Harvard Business School Professor Amy C. Edmondson discusses these questions and more with LEI's Tom Ehrenfeld in a conversation triggered by her recent book The Fearless Organization

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(permalink) 18. What’s the Problem: An Interview with GE Appliance’s Rich Calvaruso on Solving Problems through Improving the Work October 14, 2019
Featuring: Rich Calvaruso and Matt Savas

Rich Calvaruso of GE Appliances, a Haier Company sits down with Matt Savas to talk about problems. What problems are they facing? How does GE Appliances develop people through problem solving? And how have they impacted their culture through an emphasis on hands-on problem solving.

(permalink) 17. On the Job Podcast: One Pathologist's Path an interview with Dr. Lisa Yerian of Cleveland Clinic October 8, 2019
Featuring: Josh Howell and Lisa Yerian

Dr. Lisa Yerian of the Cleveland Clinic sits down with Josh Howell, LEI President & Executive Team Leader, to talk about the spread of lean thinking at her organization. Among other things, they explore the sequence of learning between defining purpose, discovering problem-solving at the gemba, and developing lean leadership capabilities.

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(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.

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