Lean Leadership Podcast

A weekly thirty-minute podcast featuring compelling stories from leaders and authors in the Lean, Six Sigma, & Continuous Improvement field like Mark Graban, Jamie Flinchbaugh, Karen Martin, & Andy Carlino. Learn What do they consider their biggest setback or challenge in their lean journey? (Hint: They are just like you, and they got through what is holding you back.) What do they consider their a-ha or success moment in their career? What tools and resources do they use to achieve success? What advice do they give to the individual just starting out on their Lean journey?
What advice do they give the experienced professional to help them achieve next-level success?

Recent Episodes


Episode 057 : Julie Simmons - The Importance of Being a Kata Learner Before Becoming a Coach

Sept. 15, 2021

Today’s guest is Julie Simmons, I’m really excited about our guest today.  I was lucky enough to interview both and and they talked about Kata Girl Geeks, which if you haven’t checked it out yet, is an awesome community of…

Guest: Julie Simmons

Episode 056: Matt Whiat - The Human Element & Building Cultures to Deliver Deliberate Outcomes

Sept. 8, 2021

In every episode, I ask our guest to share with us a favorite quote or mantra from a leader and why they chose that quote.  In shared a quote from our guest today, Matt Whiat.  I reached out to Matt and asked him to be a gu…

Guest: Matt Whiat

Episode 055 : Paul Critchley - With Lean If You Don't Quit, You Don't Fail

Sept. 1, 2021

Today’s guest is Paul Critchley, Paul Critchley is a recognized thought leader on employee engagement and continuous improvement and has helped businesses around the world achieve greater levels of success through the applic…


Episode 054 : Gemma Jones - Using Toyota Kata to Impact Improvement in a Positive Way

Aug. 25, 2021

Today’s guest is Gemma Jones. Gemma started her career studying Mechanical Engineering. She quickly discovered the world of Continuous Improvement and spent 20 years working to improve processes and systems within various ma…

Guest: Gemma Jones

Episode 053 : Tracy Defoe - Learning Together with Toyota Kata

Aug. 18, 2021

Today’s guest is Tracy Defoe, Tracy Defoe is an adult education consultant specializing in workplace learning. Her work history includes research, teaching, and program development - much of which culminates in peer-led lear…

Guest: Tracy Defoe

Episode 052 : Rick Bohan - The Importance of Conversation in Lean

Aug. 11, 2021

Today’s guest is Rick Bohan, Rick is the Owner and Director of Chagrin River Consulting in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  Rick’s route in his path to working in lean and continuous improvement started with a mining company in eastern…

Guest: Rick Bohan