He is currently Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence at GKN Aerospace, the world’s leading multi-technology Tier 1 Aerospace supplier, and has over 30 years of business experience in leadership roles spanning the customer value chain, in industry-leading Companies also including Philips, Gillette, and Travelport.
He is the author of three Lean Leadership books:
- Leading with Lean: An Experience-based guide to Leading a Lean Transformation
- The Simplicity of Lean: Defeating Complexity; Delivering Excellence
- Leading Lean by Living Lean: Changing how you Lead, not who you are
You can learn more at Philip’s website.
Today, we discuss topics and questions including:
- Your “Lean origin story?”
- “Thought I knew what Lean was”
- How did visiting Japan help?
- Kaikaku — breakthrough improvement vs. continuous improvement
- Systemic view of Lean / TPS – can’t grab just pieces
- True North?? How to define that?
- What are some of the ways in which people overcomplicate Lean?
- Overcomplicating problem solving? Six Sigma… A3?
- Start at the most simple form of problem solving
- How do you describe Lean simply?
- How do you define “transformation”? When it’s fully aligned with the strategy of the company…
- What “transformational results” would you expect to see?
- Zero Accidents goal – the Heinrich Triangle
- Unlearning the old way so we can lead in a Lean way?
- The personal benefits of Lean at work and life??
- What is a “life in balance”?? What does that mean to you?
- Using lean tools at home?
- Push vs. pull for information??
The podcast is sponsored by Stiles Associates, now in their 30th year of business. They are the go-to Lean recruiting firm serving the manufacturing, private equity, and healthcare industries. Learn more.
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