Today’s guest is Art Byrne
You can’t study Lean and Continuous Improvement for long without coming across the name Art Byrne. Art’s roll up your sleeves, go to Gemba approach for improvement has been well documented in Jim Womack’s book Lean Thinking and in Art’s own books The Lean Turnaround and The Lean Turn Around Action Guide.
Art shares his story and the results of his lean journey from starting at GE to Danaher, and on to Wiremold and private equity. The title of our podcast is the Lean Leadership Podcast and I can’t think of any other individual who personifies an understanding of lean as a long term growth strategy and leadership by demonstrating that the CEO can have the most profound impact on unlocking the unlimited potential of enabling employees to solve the problems they face every day.
Today is a treat and I’m pleased to introduce Art Byrne
Today’s guest is Bob Rush
Bob Rush has more than 40 years of manufacturing experience in the High Technology segment, working with products ranging from disk drives and computers to lasers and finally to electric vehicles. He has a curiosity-driven personality, loving to learn new things. He has held roles ranging from shipping clerk to VP of Operations. His personal lean journey began with an introduction to Kaizen through the Shingijutsu consulting firm more than 25 years ago. He has applied those lessons learned and has spread the love of lean as much as possible.
Bob Is presently doing some consulting work but spends more time on mentoring/advising the next generation of lean leaders. He has been active on LinkedIn and frequently posts one of his semi-amusing pieces called Lean Observations of an old guy.
Bob lives in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife and youngest son, with 3 older sons living their own lives. His time is mostly spent recently with his dogs, Cali a 9-year-old Golden Retriever rescue, and Apollo a 4-month-old Golden Retriever dynamo.
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Today’s guest is Julie Simmons,
I’m really excited about our guest today. I was lucky enough to interview both Tracy Defoe in episode 53 and Gemma Jones in episode 54 and they talked about Kata Girl Geeks, which if you haven’t checked it out yet, is an awesome community of women who are growing and learning together. Both Tracy and Gemma both suggested that I reach out and talk to our guest today Julie Simmons and I’m glad I did.
Aside from recently being voted volunteer of the year for 2021 for Kata Girl Geeks, Julie currently works with her husband Scott as part of the Scott Wade Simmons & Associates, LLC providing leadership coaching and training in Strategy Development and Deployment, Leadership Development, and the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata. Julie’s passion is helping others develop their skills, capabilities, and confidence to solve complex challenges in their organizations using scientific thinking. Julie has had the honor to be a frequent speaker and presenter at KataCon.
Folks in the Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, Washington area are familiar with Julie’s 15 years of leadership at the Northwest High-Performance Enterprise Consortium. Prior to that, she worked for The Boeing Company for 14 years in various roles including her work as a manufacturing process analyst where she became a Certified Accelerated Improvement workshop leader and supported several Shingajitsu led kaizen events.
Julie’s passion for helping others really shows through. I am sure you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Here’s our guest today, Julie Simmons.
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In every episode, I ask our guest to share with us a favorite quote or mantra from a leader and why they chose that quote. In episode 44 Jamie Parker shared a quote from our guest today, Matt Whiat. I reached out to Matt and asked him to be a guest on the podcast and I’m glad that he accepted.
Matt is the Founding Partner at the Champman & Co Leadership Institute whose parent company is Barry-Wehmiller, well known for combining people-centric and lean thinking. In his role at Chapman & Co, Matt draws on over 20 years of leadership experience as a former military officer, helping organizations create cultures that put people and business in harmony. Chapman and Co believes culture drives organizational outcomes. In other words, culture doesn’t eat strategy for breakfast; it feeds it breakfast (and every other meal!). They help build an organization and/or team culture intentionally to deliver deliberate outcomes.
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Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family
Leading From The Jumpseat: How to Create Extraordinary Opportunities by Handing Over Control by Peter Docker
Today’s guest is Paul Critchley,
Paul Critchley is a recognized thought leader on employee engagement and continuous improvement and has helped businesses around the world achieve greater levels of success through the application of Lean techniques. A frequent speaker, he has keynoted at numerous corporate events, as well as at international conventions such as AME’s annual Lean conference and at OpEx Week.
He’s also the host of “The New England Lean Podcast”, a weekly show that features management thought leaders, TED speakers, world-renowned authors, and university professors. Paul is also a regular writer and contributor to publications such as Industry Week and Quality Magazines.
Paul is a former Board Member of the Northeast Region of AME, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. degree in Management, and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership. He is a proud supporter of CT’s “Skill up for Manufacturing” program. He is passionate about Lean and creating organizational cultures that are sustainably engaged.
He co-authored his first book - The Whole Professional, A Collection of Essays to Help You Achieve a Full and Satisfying Life to bring a fresh perspective on Work/Life Balance and how individuals and organizations can work together to achieve greater levels of attainment.
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Paul’s Company New England Consulting
Paul’s Podcast The New England Lean Podcast
Quest For The Dawn - Shoji Kimoto