The Lean Solutions Podcast: The Red Bead Experiment with John Dyer

In this episode, John Dyer and I explore the insights gleaned from Dr. W. Edwards Deming's “Red Bead Experiment,” the efficacy of hands-on visual teaching, and insights from “The Leadership Experiment.”

What You'll Learn:

  1. Dr. W. Edwards Deming performed the “Red Bead Experiment” in many of his classes. What were some of the lessons he was trying to share with his audience? 

  2. What is the power behind using a hands-on, visual teaching technique, such as the Red Beads, to teach a difficult lesson? 

  3. I understand that you have been developing an activity called “The Leadership Experiment.” Can you describe what this activity is all about? 

  4. What are some of the lessons learned? 

  5. Can you share with our audience an idea you are working on regarding a Lean, team based process improvement competition that we may try and implement in 2024?

About the Guest:  John Dyer is an author, coach, and trainer with 39 years of experience in the field of improving processes. His recently published book “the Façade of Excellence; Defining a New Normal of Leadership” examines the four leadership styles required to move an organization’s culture to one of trust, collaboration, and teamwork. John started his career with General Electric and then worked his way up to a Corporate V.P. of Global Improvement at Ingersoll-Rand before starting his own consulting company. He has had the opportunity to study with several leaders in the continuous improvement field such as Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Brian Joiner, and Stephen Covey.


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