KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast — Mark and Greg on Thanksgiving Processes, the AME Conference, Technology, Favorite Books

Harness the power of continuous improvement (CI) as it nods to many facets of both personal life and business in our KaiNexus Continuous Improvement Podcast featuring speakers Mark Graban and Greg Jacobson. Get a closer look at the impact of CI on daily activities with an interesting focus on cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and see how the establishment of standard operating procedures (SOPs) can aid in safety and efficiency.

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In addition, the podcast delves into the critical role of checklists and SOPs in complex tasks, using the turkey preparation as a case study. Tune in and explore how technology integration can further enhance safety and cooking outcomes. Understand the application of CI principles in scheduling the timing of various festive dishes for stress-free holiday meals, on par with standard industrial processes. The takeaway from this podcast emphasizes the profound influence of CI on personal traditions and professional progress.

Books and Resources for Aspiring Leaders

Educating oneself on effective leadership practices can significantly transform how one goes about influencing behavior and instituting lasting change. Books like Crucial Influence: Leadership Skills to Create Lasting Behavior Change offer guidance on how to lead with intention and purpose.

Other notable texts include:

  • Never Lose an Employee Again by Joey Coleman, which focuses on employee retention through onboarding and integration into company culture.

  • Drive by Daniel H. Pink, that delves into human motivation and the factors that compel us to excel in what we do.

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear, emphasizing the power of small consistent changes over time.

Finally, foundational reads like Kaizen by Masaaki Imai remind leaders of the roots of continuous improvement and lean thinking.