Lean Leadership Podcast

Lean Leadership Podcast

Compelling stories from leaders and authors in the Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement fields like Mark Graban, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Karen Martin, and Andy Carlino. What do they consider their biggest setback or challenge in their lean journey? Hint: They are just like you and got through the challenges that are holding you back.) What do they consider their ah-ha or success moment in their career? What tools and resources do they use to achieve success? What advice do they give individuals just starting their Lean journey? Sadly, Chris passed away in 2023. We love you, brother.


January 26, 2022 54 mins

Today’s guest is John Dyer

John is President of his firm John Dyer and Associates located in Mooresville, North Carolina.  John started his career at General Electric and later moved to Ingersoll-Rand where he was VP of Operations for their Safety and Security division.

John had the benefit of learning directly from W. Edwa...

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Today’s guest is Nick Katko.

Nick is the President and owner of BMA. For over 30 years, Nick has leveraged his lean accounting experience and philosophy in assisting BMA clients in developing, leading, and coaching them in their lean accounting transformations. Nick has worked with companies around the world, from family-owned businesses to multi-national compan...

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Happy New Year.  I hope your 2022 is filled with all of the personal and professional success that you endeavor to achieve.  I’m really excited about our first guest this year, Peter Docker.


Peter is inspired by seeing others harness what makes each of us extraordinary as human beings. He enables people to shift the context around what they see as possible for...

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Today’s guest is Crystal Davis.


Crystal has over 20 years of proven Lean experience in the automotive, beverage, and supply chain industries and she has a STEM Industry focus. Her client roster consists of Fortune 500/1000 Companies. Crystal has been formally mentored by Toyota Senseis and helped lead companies to award-winning results. The organizations she’s...

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Today’s guest is Skip Steward.

Skip Steward earned an MBA and is experienced in diverse industries including automotive, machining, food, process, service, and healthcare. He is a Shingo examiner, a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), a Quality Management System Auditor, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a certified Lean Champion. Skip is a certified trainer i...

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Today’s guest is Deondra Wardelle.


A visionary leader, entrepreneur, coach, and speaker, Deondra R. Wardelle specializes in empowering individuals and corporate groups through strategic visioning to achieve goals and sustain transformative change.


Deondra launched On To the Next O...

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Today’s guest is Hugh Alley,


Hugh has a breadth of experience in helping organizations make measurable improvements in productivity, quality, and delivery, all of which improve profitability. He also helps people become better leaders. His work has been improving operational performance in manufacturing, services, and the public sector.  


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Today’s guest is one of the kindest people I know and her name is Karyn Ross

Over the past years, our guest has noticed the devastating effects that failures of leadership and failures of kindness have resulted in all over the world. So she decided to do something about the problem. As well as writing a book about Kind Leadership and starting The New School for ...

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Today’s guest is Jeff Kaas

I’ve had several guests of the podcast encourage me that I needed to speak to our guest today.

When I reached out to Jeff about being on the podcast, he emailed me back and said, “Let’s chat first, I want to get to know you.”  We ended up having one of the coolest conversations that I’ve had in my...

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Today we are going to do something different.


Today’s guest is Jamie Flinchbaugh.  Jamie was the second guest on The Lean Leadership Podcast. You probably know Jamie from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean or some of the other publications that he has written in from time to time. He is also the co-host of Lean Whiskey Podcast with Mark Graban.


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Today’s guest is Allison Greco


Allison is the Founder of Continuous Improvement International whose mission is to cultivate a passion for continuous improvement and drive the adoption of continuous improvement culture as the key to organizational success.  They provide a fresh, modern professional society for continuous improvers and process improvers. They pr...

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Today’s guest is Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams is the author of the best-selling book “Avoiding the Continuous Appearance Trap.” He is an international speaker, coach, and consultant. Patrick has been delivering bottom-line results through specialized process improvement solutions for over 20 years. He's worked with all types of businesses from private, non-profit...

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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.


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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 per...

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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 Geek...

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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 Ins...

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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 ...

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Today’s guest is Gemma Jones.

Gemma started her career studying Mechanical Engineering. She quickly discovered the world of Continuous Improvement and spent 20 years working to improve processes and systems within various manufacturing industries including Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Dairy, Cosmetics & Toiletries, Food, and Medical Devices. She has been a CI Man...

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Today’s guest is Tracy Defoe,

Tracy Defoe is an adult education consultant specializing in workplace learning. Her work history includes research, teaching, and program development - much of which culminates in peer-led learning.

She is a proud Kata Geek and a humble lean practitioner. For more than 10 years, Tracy has been...

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Today’s guest is Rick Bohan,

Rick is the Owner and Director of Chagrin River Consulting in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  Rick’s route in his path to working in lean and continuous improvement started with a mining company in eastern Kentucky, teaching miners about safety, and has progressed over the years in helping steel mills, hotels, and manufacturing companies imple...

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