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Impruver - Documenting the Journey

Impruver - Documenting the Journey

By Calvin L Williams
This podcast captures the stories of the pioneers in Lean, TPM, and Continuous Improvement. Hear leading techniques in generating outstanding business results, overcoming resistance to change, and coaching teams to success.
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Bob Emiliani Talks About the Challenges Leaders Face in Embracing the Scientific Approach
In this episode, author of 25 books and Professor Emeritus talks about why leaders have struggled to embrace Lean and the scientific approach over the past 100 years or so. 
39:47
June 14, 2022
Dr William Harvey on Starting and Sustaining Toyota KATA at Peter Cremer
In this episode, Dr William Harvey discusses his journey in getting started with Toyota KATA and how he and his team have used it to lead a cultural transformation at Peter Cremer North America.
39:21
August 09, 2021
Paul Dunlop - Visual Management: Making the Workplace "Talk to You"
In this episode, Linkedin Influencer, Paul Dunlop, talks about how Visual Management can be used as a powerful tool to kick-start the Lean journey. He also discusses how Continuous Improvement requires continuous investment of time and resources to see continued results.
44:57
July 14, 2021
Paul Serafino shares some tips to accelerate the journey using Continuous Improvement
In this episode, Paul Serafino, CEO of Accelerated Journey, formerly of Intel and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership shares some insights on avoiding the pain and slowness typically involved in the CI journey.
38:55
May 19, 2021
Deondra Wardelle is Using Toyota Kata for Social Justice
In this episode, hear Deondra Wardelle discuss her recent experience hosting KataCon7, using the KATA to root out racism in America, and so much more.
33:11
April 19, 2021
Patrick Adams Talks About Avoiding the Continuous Appearance Trap
In this episode, Author and Continuous Improvement Consultant, Patrick Adams shares a tale of 2 companies. One is successful at creating a thriving Continuous Improvement culture and the other is only creating a surface-level appearance of such. His new book, Avoiding the Continuous Appearance Trap, provides 12 questions every company should ask themselves to determine which side of the line they fall within.
33:22
March 19, 2021
Sean Fields and Michael Sanders, PhD Discuss their New Book, Quantum Lean
Authors Sean Fields and Michael Sanders, PhD share a combined 60 years of Continuous Improvement experience and key learnings in their new book titled Quantum Lean. This book provides a simplified approach to practicing Lean that is applicable beyond large enterprise shop floors, spanning across industries and size of company.
42:33
September 30, 2020
Rob Kalwarowsky talks about Leadership 2.0 and Surviving Depression
In this episode, the host of Rob's Reliability Podcast talks about how the Leadership Launchpad Project is reshaping Leadership in a way that respect mental and organizational health. He discusses the enormous cost of poor and ineffective leadership and how companies that fail to change their approach will struggle to retain talent in the future.
42:52
September 09, 2020
Special Episode: Impruver Challenge Cohort 2 Post-game
In this episode, members of the 2nd Cohort of the Impruver Challenge review the highlights from the challenge, including successes, obstacles, key learnings and more.
29:49
August 31, 2020
Karen Martin, President of TKMG and TKMG Academy, talks about Leadership, Longevity, and Clarity of Purpose
In this episode, we caught up with Karen Martin of TKMG for a delightful conversation about the launch of her new Continuous Improvement and Leadership academy. There just didn't seem to be enough time to cover the wide range of topics including Leader Standard Work, empowering frontline employees, and the evolution of Continuous Improvement. 
44:39
August 16, 2020
Katie Anderson talks about the Complex Yet Powerful Relationship between Leading and Learning
In this episode, Katie Anderson, author of new book titled Learning to Lead , Leading to Learn, share insights from her relationship with Toyota leader, Isao Yoshino on practicing humility as leaders in order to grow alongside of those we lead.
34:30
August 09, 2020
Nitin Dumasia talks about Growth with Sustainability and Accelerating from COVID
In this episode Nitin (Nick) Dumasia talks about how he is leveraging the COVID pandemic as an opportunity to take his consulting practice business virtual using tools like Impruver to help drive the transition.
31:44
August 03, 2020
Mario Aguirre Discusses the 5 Principles of Shingo and Rapid Recovery from COVID
In this episode of Documenting the Journey, Founder of Leantegrix, a Lean Supply Chain consultancy, discusses the Shingo framework and how it compliments the Toyota Production System. He also discusses his firm's framework for rapidly recovering from the COVID pandemic shutdown.
39:35
June 17, 2020
DJ Duarte talks 3 Levels of Kaizen and TPS 2.0
In this episode, DJ Duarte, Global Optimization Expert & Lean Leadership Coach talks about the true meaning and intent of kaizen. He also shares the latest and greatest thinking on the future of Continuous Improvement, the role of Industry 4.0 technology, and his journey as a long-time resident in Japan as a practitioner.
36:26
June 11, 2020
Brandy Schade talks Continuous Improvement and Strengthology
In this episode, Brandy Schade, Continuous Improvement and Strengthology coach, discusses how getting people in the position to succeed is the first step to rapid transformation.
38:17
June 03, 2020
Gary Kapanowsky, Cost Accountant, Helps us All Make Cents of Lean Transformation
In this episode, listen to Gary Kapanowsky discuss how he build his Lean chops on finding the financial benefits of making Lean process improvements.
30:23
May 27, 2020
Author Dan Markovitz Talks His New Book: The Conclusion Trap
In this eposide, Dan Markovitz, author of The Conclusion Trap shares with us some techniques to avoid jumping to destructive and premature conclusions. He also talks about the 3 things people tend to do that leads them to bad decisions and how to avoid this trap.
31:10
May 19, 2020
Troy Magruder - The Blueprint for 21st Century Leadership
In this episode, Troy Magruder, Director of Manufacturing at World Technology Ingredients, talks about how Leadership in the 21st century inspires a complex mix of compassion, technology adoption, creativity, and engagement to win in the markets of tomorrow.
53:00
April 24, 2020
Beau Keyte - Taking Continuous Improvement to New Heights
In this episode, experienced Continuous Improvement professional, Beau Keyte, talks about the early days of Lean and how the same principles that helped transform the auto industry in the 1980's are now transforming how undergraduate students apply scientific thinking immediately upon entering the workforce.
56:16
April 24, 2020
The Video that Changed the World, with Ron Pereira, Co-Founder of Gemba Academy, LLC
In this episode, Ron talks about how he went from Corporate Continuous Improvement leader to Co-Founder of Gemba Academy after launching a video blog demonstrating how Lean methods could be used to reduce lead time and improve manufacturing efficiency. ...and the rest was history.
26:16
April 23, 2020
Rick Phelps on Continuous Improvement Coaching and the Power of Experimentation
In this episode of Documenting the Journey, Rick Phelps, seasoned Continuous Improvement coach discusses why he things the Continuous Improvement coaching model ultimately better serves the client than traditional consulting. He also discusses how organizations should consider themselves one big multi-layered experiment on a quest to bring greater customer value.
50:60
April 05, 2019
Rob Kalwarowsky from Rob's Reliability Project Discusses Reliability of the Future
Hear Rob discuss his journey from economist to reliability professional and how technology is reshaping the way companies approach reliability. In this podcast, Rob covers Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Machine Learning in the context of process reliability. He also issues some keys for getting the most value from your efforts to apply Industry 4.0 technology to greatest effect.
31:40
March 03, 2019
Ben Cagle on The Interface Between Strategy, Technology, and Continuous Improvement
Ben Cagle,  Executive Advisor at Cagle Partners deep dives into how cutting edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), and Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming marketing and sales operations, supply chains, to bring increasingly greater value to customers.
47:15
January 15, 2019
Hal Frohreich on the Origins of Lean, TPM, and KATA
Hal Frohreich, Nationally recognized Continuous Improvement pioneer shares his journey from leading TPM into Aerospace to being a coach, early adopter and practitioner of KATA methodology.
50:55
December 28, 2018