Habitual Excellence — 13: Steve Spear on Learning with Paul O’Neill and “Yay Science”


Welcome to Episode #13 ofHabitual Excellence, presented by Value Capture.

Joining us today isSteven J. Spear, a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. His book, The High Velocity Edge, has won the Philip Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2011. Spear has a doctorate from Harvard Business School, a master’s in engineering and in management from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton. He’s also the creator of See to Solveand is principal in his firm HVELLC.

Today, hostMark Graban talks to Steve about his experiences working with, and learning from, Paul O’Neill during his time as CEO at Alcoa. Steve connects important dots between organizations like Toyota, the U.S. Navy, Alcoa, and healthcare organizations that are seeking habitual excellence. How can we learn and evolve rapidly in this era of Covid-19? Why does Steve say, “Yay science” when talking about scientific problem solving? They talk about this and more, in an episode that was recorded in mid-May.