A weekly thirty-minute podcast featuring compelling stories from leaders and authors in the Lean, Six Sigma, and Continuous Improvement field like Mark Graban, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Karen Martin, and Andy Carlino. Learn What do they consider their biggest setback or challenge in their lean journey? (Hint: They are just like you, and they got through what is holding you back.) What do they consider their a-ha or success moment in their career? What tools and resources do they use to achieve success? What advice do they give to the individual just starting out on their Lean journey?
What advice do they give the experienced professional to help them achieve next-level success?
Episode 057 : Julie Simmons - The Importance of Being a Kata Learner Before Becoming a Coach
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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Connect with Julie and Scott’s Company CSquaredV
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Episode 056: Matt Whiat - The Human Element & Building Cultures to Deliver Deliberate Outcomes
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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Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute Website
Chapman & Co. Resources
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
Episode 055 : Paul Critchley - With Lean If You Don't Quit, You Don't Fail
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
Episode 054 : Gemma Jones - Using Toyota Kata to Impact Improvement in a Positive Way
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 Manager numerous times and an Operations Manager running a factory of over 500 people.
In 2018, Gemma left the world of employment to establish her own business, SPARK Improvement, aiming to switch on as many lightbulbs as possible. Her mission is to help organizations be the best they can be, through a combination of Lean Thinking, Toyota Kata, Visual Facilitation, and Experiential Learning.
Gemma is based in Cheshire in the UK.
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Gemma’s Company Spark Improvement
Kata Girl Geeks
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
Episode 053 : Tracy Defoe - Learning Together with Toyota Kata
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 learning, coaching, and sharing her experiences with the Improvement and Coaching Kata described in Mike Rother's book The Toyota Kata Practice Guide.
Tracy is keen on building community and connecting people. She is co-founder of the worldwide online community Kata Girl Geeks, and of Kata School Cascadia. She also facilitates the Kata Coaching Dojo.
She is a frequent speaker at conferences including KataCon & KataCon Europe.
Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn
Tracy’s Company The Learning Factor
Kata School Cascadia
Kata Girl Geeks
The Toyota Kata Practice Guide: Practicing Scientific Thinking Skills for Superior Results in 20 Minutes a Day
Episode 052 : Rick Bohan - The Importance of Conversation in Lean
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 implement lean manufacturing initiatives and developing growth-oriented strategic plans. Rick’s humility shows through on his LinkedIn profile where he says:
“I'd like to say that I've been successful at helping the companies that have hired me both as an employee and as a consultant. And, in a way, I have. But, really, it was the managers and employees at those companies that were successful. I just got them pointed in the right direction, gave them some tools and ideas, and facilitated their conversations about making needed changes. They did all the heavy lifting.”
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Rick’s Company Chagrin River Consulting
Link to Rick’s Articles in Industry Week