Lean Blog — 460: Philip Holt on Leading and Living Lean, With Simplicity

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My guest for Episode #460 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Philip Holt.

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: 

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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