36 episodes

A Continuous Improvement gabfest where Tracy O'Rourke and Elisabeth Swan share what's new in the world of Lean Six Sigma.

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A Continuous Improvement gabfest where Tracy O'Rourke and Elisabeth Swan share what's new in the world of Lean Six Sigma.

    Lean Life Sharing: Making Organ Donation Work, with Jeff Trageser and Mike Vazquez

    Lean Life Sharing: Making Organ Donation Work, with Jeff Trageser and Mike Vazquez

    It's Episode 98 and the highlight is Tracy & Elisabeth's interview with Lifesharing’s Executive Team—Jeff Trageser and Mike Vazquez. Lifesharing is a nonprofit arm of UC San Diego Health dedicated to organ procurement and—lucky for everyone—they're steeped in continuous improvement. For Hot Apps, we’ll cover a networking app you’re probably aware of, you might even be using, but are you making the most of it? And for Q&A, we’ll discuss the topic of work relationships. Are you a “just-the-facts ma'am” Joe Friday type? If asking people about themselves feels like “fluff” —are you hamstringing your own progress? Tracy and Elisabeth get to the bottom of that and more!

    0:00 - Intro
    1:18 - What's on the menu?
    2:10 - Hot Apps
    LinkedIn

    17:19 - Q&A
    Doing FLUFF
    Join the conversation!

    25:35 - Featured Guest Intro
    Jeffry Trageser & Michael Vazquez of LifeSharing

    56:45 - Upcoming Events
    February Webinar 2/28: "Public Relations for a Problem-Solving Culture: Storytelling at Work"

    Resources:
    "Picture Yourself A Leader"—Winner of the International Impact Book Award for Best Leadership Book
    New Lean Parody Video, "Baby Got Tools!"

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    • 58 min
    Let Go To Lead, with Cheryl Jekiel

    Let Go To Lead, with Cheryl Jekiel

    It's Episode 97 and the  highlight is Tracy & Elisabeth's interview with Cheryl Jekiel, the Founder of Lean Leadership Center, get the scoop on her latest book, Let Go To Lead. Cheryl has a deep background in helping managers go from overpowering to empowering.  For Hot Apps, we’re going to delve into an app that’s been referred to as your "adjunct brain.” It’s a way to hold onto all that stuff you learn and access it when you need it it.  For Q&A, we’ll discuss how to take advantage of an age-old truism–”Necessity is the mother of invention”—If that’s true, how do we conjure "necessity" when we want to jumpstart innovation?
    Let's kick this year off!
    0:00 - Intro
    01:24 - What's on the Menu?
    02:30 - Hot Apps
    Evernote

    12:03 - Q&A
    "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"

    20:55 - Featured Guest
    Cheryl Jekiel

    51:34 - Upcoming Events
    Webinar: "Public Relations for a Problem-Solving Culture: Storytelling at Work"

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    • 53 min
    Lean & Stone Soup Diversity, with Dannette Nelson

    Lean & Stone Soup Diversity, with Dannette Nelson

    It's Episode 96 and the highlight is Tracy and Elisabeth's interview with Dannette Nelson, the Owner of Stone Soup Diversity. Dannette brings her startup experience and a little Lean Six Sigma sauce to the diversity conversation which has given her tactical insights on ensuring growth. For Hot Apps, we’ll end the year with a little Artificial Intelligence duel between two rivals that offer online meeting summaries. And for Q&A, we’ll tackle the untapped. People all around us know stuff—stuff we probably want to know. Stuff we need to know. But we often miss what’s in front of us. How do we counteract that?
    2023 signing off—See you next year at the cafe!




    0:00 - Intro
    01:23 - What's on the Menu?
    02:08 - Hot Apps
    OtterPilot

    09:13 - Q&A
    "I Know Stuff"

    15:18 - Featured Guest
    Dannette Nelson

    44:50 - Upcoming Events
    "Picture Yourself A Leader"—Winner of the International Impact Book Award for Best Leadership Book
    New Lean Parody Video, "Baby Got Tools!"




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    • 46 min
    Running the Experiments at Menlo Innovations, with Rich Sheridan

    Running the Experiments at Menlo Innovations, with Rich Sheridan

    It's episode 95 and the highlight is Tracy & Elisabeth's interview with Rich Sheridan, the CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations. Rich’s ingeniously Lean-incognito workplace sparks joy in all who enter. Menlo recovered from Covid with their best year to date, and Rich explains why. For Hot Apps, the AI exploration continues. This time it's some free help with project presentations. And for Q&A it's the Praise Paradox. We all want to be acknowledged, but we don’t often see ourselves as the source of praise for others. Why is that, and what can we do about it?


     


    0:00 - Intro


    01:23 - What's on the Menu?


    02:32 - Hot Apps

    SlidesAI.io (Chrome Extension)



    10:09 - Q&A

    "How do you handle the Praise Paradox?"



    19:58 - Featured Guest

    Rich Sheridan



    46:46 - Upcoming Events

    New Workshop 10/24: "Value Stream Mapping Unleashed"


    October Webinar 10/19: "Causal Reasoning: Lean Special Sauce for Root Cause Analysis"


    New Bestselling Book, "Picture Yourself A Leader"


    New Lean Parody Video, "Baby Got Tools!"



     


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    • 49 min
    A Lean Revolution in Higher Education, with Krista Schulte

    A Lean Revolution in Higher Education, with Krista Schulte

    It's Episode 94 and the highlight is Tracy & Elisabeth's interview with Krista Schulte, the Assistant Director of Operational Excellence for the University of Michigan. Krista gave us a glimpse into how Lean gains traction in higher education. For Hot Apps, we’ll delve into Artificial Intelligence again–and the results are real–and really useful. We’ll tell you how to use it for problem-solving change management. And for Q&A, we touch on the temptation to do things ourselves even when we sacrifice collaboration.


     


    0:00 - Intro


    01:33 - What's on the Menu?


    02:21 - Hot Apps

    Writesonic



    12:33 - Q&A

    "What is the cost of working in isolation?"



    17:59 - Featured Guest

    Krista Schulte



    41:50 - Upcoming Events

    September Webinar: "Value Stream Mapping: Charting the Course & Unveiling the Power"


    New Bestselling Book, "Picture Yourself A Leader"


    New Lean Parody Video, "Baby Got Tools!"



     


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    Link to the video version of this podcast: https://www.jitcafe.com/post/when-strategy-vision-and-queens-convene-with-deondra-wardelle


     


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    • 44 min
    When Strategy, Vision, and Queens Convene, with Deondra Wardelle

    When Strategy, Vision, and Queens Convene, with Deondra Wardelle

    It's episode 93 and the highlight is Tracy & Elisabeth's interview with the internet doyenne, Deondra Wardelle. We explore the intersection she’s created between Vision, Strategy, and Continuous Improvement—and maybe tiaras For Hot Apps, Deondra is sitting in as our guest reviewer to showcase an app that helps you with the elusive goal of staying on top of everything and get stuff done with other people. And for Q&A, we touch on an issue that came up during our recent livestream session–how do leaders form bonds with workers when workloads seem to get in the way? It's an iced coffee day at the Cafe!
     


    0:00 - Intro


    01:11 - What's on the Menu?


    02:11 - Hot Apps

    Basecamp



    16:25 - Q&A

    "How can leaders form relationships with their staff when workloads seem to get in the way?"



    22:05 - Featured Guest

    Deondra Wardelle



    50:10 - Upcoming Events

    August Webinar: "The Triple Win: Designing Work that Delivers for Everyone"


    Lean Leadership Workshop at UC San Diego in August


    New Bestselling Book, "Picture Yourself A Leader"


    New Lean Parody Video, "Baby Got Tools!"



     


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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

zehn_family ,

Lean + Humor

Love how they bring the humor to these pan topics. My favorite part is the discussion around different apps - very helpful info.

mkduran ,

They are the pros, best podcast on this subject

Followed them from their previous podcast to here so this is now the best podcast on this, they are the true experts on this subject and designed the curriculum on this at San Diego State University and University of California San Diego

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