Today’s episode is with Steven J. Spear. Steven is the author of the book The High Velocity Edge and is a multiple Shingo Research Prize winner. He helped develop and deploy the Alcoa Business System. He is a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is also a founder of a consulting firm built on the tenets of his book. Steve and I had a great conversation that actually turned into a two-part interview. This week we will talk about Steve’s early experiences with Lean and Continuous Improvement.
Next week, we will talk about two papers that Steven has recently released that talk about accelerating innovation and succeeding in periods of abrupt change.
Today’s guest is Tim Mclean. Tim is our first guest from Australia and is the Principal and Managing Director of TXM Lean Solutions. In his mid 20’s Tim was promoted in to a Plant Management role and this lead to senior operations and general management positions at Hoechst and in major Blue Chip companies including PPG Industries, Carter Holt Harvey and Amcor. In these roles, Tim continued to increase his knowledge of continuous improvement and lean methodologies and successfully apply these approaches to achieve breakthrough improvements in operations that he was managing.
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Today's episode is a continuation of our conversation that we had with Mike Orzen in Episode 31. So if you haven't heard episode 31 yet, after you listen to this episode go back and check out the beginning or our conversation with Mike.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Mike, he is the founder and President of Mike Orzen and Associates. He has been consulting and coaching improvement efforts for over 20 years. Mike is an Adjunct Professor with The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence and is a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute. He is also a Shingo Award winning Co-Author of Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Enterprise.
Rick Timlick, as an expert in performance management, brings to his clients a distinguished record of achievement having helped organizations all over the globe.
Rick specializes in comprehensive organizational transformation and complex operational issues, turnarounds and acquisitions, program/project management, change management, executive team advisement, major process redesigns, and strategic design that supports the corporate goals and objectives of CEO's and Board of Directors.