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The Lean Solutions Podcast

The Lean Solutions Podcast

By Patrick Adams
This podcast will offer business solutions to help listeners develop and implement action plans for lean process improvement and implement continuous improvement projects, cost reductions, product quality enhancements, and process effectiveness improvement. Listeners come from many industries in both manufacturing and office applications.
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Episode 17: Lean in Higher Education

The Lean Solutions Podcast

Episode 24: A New Management System
In this episode, I discuss the new management system needed to support and sustain continuous improvement initiatives.  I give listeners an overview of the leadership traits and behaviors necessary to support lean initiatives. This is a great episode to share with your leadership team!
March 3, 2021
Episode 23: Avoiding The Continuous Appearance Trap
In this episode, listeners will hear an introduction to my new book, Avoiding The Continuous Appearance Trap.  I discuss the book dedication, introduction, and dive into the first of the twelve questions: Are you Content.  Get your copy at
February 23, 2021
Episode 22: Lean Leadership Defined
In this episode, listeners will hear a piece from our Lean Leadership Certification as the Lean Solutions Academy.  I explain the difference between leadership and management, identify the five leadership actions, and define servant leadership.  
February 19, 2021
Episode 21: Value Stream Mapping
In this short episode, I give an introduction to value stream mapping along with six steps to create a value stream map.  I also list the eight point future state criteria.  
February 11, 2021
Episode 20: Toyota Kata, A Practice Routine to Hardwire Scientific Thinking
This episode was recorded as a webinar with Dorsey Sherman, Executive Leadership & Kata Coach.  We define and explore Improvement Kata in detail.  
January 26, 2021
Episode 19: Coaching & Leader Standard Work to Help People Find Certainty in Uncertain Times
In this episode, I talk with Steve Kane, the Director of Customer Success at the Gemba Academy.  This was a recorded webinar from a few months back but is still very relevant today as we begin looking forward into 2021. Enjoy! 
December 22, 2020
Episode 18: Cashing the Check in Lean Transformation with Jack Kahler
In this episode, Jack Kahler and I discuss why "cashing the check" and bottom-line impact is so important for lean initiatives.  We also discuss how to "speak the same language" as executive decision-makers when it comes to improvements and cost savings.  Jack can be contacted by emailing him at
December 8, 2020
Episode 17: Lean in Higher Education
In this episode I talk with Dagmar Vlahos, Lean Professional at the University of New Hampshire about Lean in Higher Education.  We discuss their model for business improvements as well as the impact of covid 19 on her work at the university.  
December 1, 2020
Episode 16: Continue to Improve
In episode 13, I discussed the importance of keeping things simple.  Then in episode 15, I gave a deep dive into keeping things visual.  In this episode, I talk about the final aspect of great lean cultures which is continuous improvement.  I give you three points to remember when developing a continuous improvement culture.  
November 24, 2020
Episode 15: Keep It Visual!
In this episode, I discuss the second area important in supporting a culture of continuous improvement; keep it visual! I talk about three points that are important to remember when it comes to keeping things visual.  Enjoy! 
November 17, 2020
Episode 14: Building Intentional Curiosity with Panos Efsta
In this episode, we travel back to May of 2020 when Panos Efsta presented some great insights around the importance of curiosity and system thinking.  We also talk about TWI, Job Methods, and even Toyota Kata! 
November 6, 2020
Episode 13: Keep It Simple!
One of the biggest reasons people fail to maintain a robust lean system is their desire for complexity. This desire seems to be human nature. We begin simply enough, but then we add more and more levels of complexity until eventually, we have a system that takes far too long to maintain. When we are working with human beings, we must keep things as simple as possible or things will begin to fall apart.  In this episode, I give you three points to remember to help keep things simple.  
October 23, 2020
Episode 12: Thriving in Chaos: A Discussion with the Author, Robert Heath Sr.
In this episode, Robert Heath and I discuss his newest book, Thriving in Chaos, with a deep dive into two of the five steps to mastering your time and improving your personal productivity. 
October 21, 2020
Episode 11: Entrepreneurial Operating System with Ken Kooistra
In this episode I talk with Ken Kooistra, a Professional EOS Implementer at Georgetown Innovations, about the 5 Leadership Abilities taught through the EOS system. 
October 7, 2020
Episode 10: Is It Safe For Your Employees to Fail?
In this episode, I address the topic of failure.  One of my favorite books was written by Michael Abrashoff, a former Navy Commander.  He wrote the book, It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, a story of organizational transformation and innovative leadership. In this episode I talk about decision making and risk necessary to create a culture of continuous improvement.  Enjoy! 
September 28, 2020
Episode 9: Measures of Success with Mark Graban
In this episode, Mark and I discuss his new book, Measures of Success.  During the conversation, we talk about the ups and downs of business and how to properly measure and manage for success.  Mark gives us an understanding of process behavior charts, vanity metrics, and we even get into the red bead experiment!  Don't forget to check out Mark's new podcast, "My Favorite Mistake." You can also find it at        
September 16, 2020
Episode 8: Behavioral Science Applied to Business
In this episode I talk with Edward Blackman, global consultant and founder of Kelda Consulting, about behavior and how it affects business.  We discuss topics like feedback, performance reviews, the red bead experiment, and company strategy.  Enjoy!
September 10, 2020
Episode 7: Who's Responsible for Bad Decisions?
In this episode, I introduce an empowerment coninuum we use to help determine the level of empowerment in an organization and whether or not teams are ready to move toward shared accountability. 
August 27, 2020
Episode 6: Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn
In this episode, I spoke with Katie Anderson just before her book launch and gained an insider's view of how the book was written and why.  Listen in as Katie talks about her and Mr. Yoshino's intentions behind the book, their journey together, and the many learnings along the way for Mr. Yoshino and Katie herself. 
August 21, 2020
Episode 5: The US Marine Corps and Sustaining Lean Initiatives
In this episode, I give three ways to sustain lean initiatives as learned in recruit training at the US Marine Corps.  
August 5, 2020
Episode 4: The Toyota Engagement Equation
In this episode, I replay a webinar with Ernie and Tracey Richardson as we discuss their book, 'The Toyota Engagement Equation' and the many leanrings from working with Toyota over 30 years. 
July 29, 2020
Episode 3: Fuel the Fire of Continuous Improvement
In this episode, I talk about the ingredients necessary to spark and maintain a fire of continuous improvement in your organization. 
July 14, 2020
Episode 2: Getting People Unstuck
In this episode, I'll be talking specifically about the leadership behaviors necessary to support a continuous improvement journey. 
July 4, 2020
Episode 1: The BASICS Lean Implementation Model
Dan Protzman, Vice President of Customer Solutions for the Business Improvement Group, explains the BASICS Lean Implementation Model, a 6-step roadmap for lean implementation in your organization.  
June 27, 2020