Ever-So-Lean Podcast

Matt Sims

Embark on a transformative journey with Host Matt on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, where we ignite transformation through a culture of engagement and change! Delve into Continuous Improvement and cultivate an environment that thrives on positivity and innovation. Explore beyond discussions – immerse yourself in captivating narratives and actionable insights, fuelling your path to success. Whether you’re an individual looking for inspiration, leading a team or part of one, discover growth both individually and collectively. Uncover ground-breaking real life experiences and enlightening interviews with global industry leaders. A treasure trove of Empowerment, Growth and Innovation awaits! Available now on all major podcast platforms or at www.eversolean.com. read less
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David vs Goliath: The Rise of Fix Radio
24-03-2024
David vs Goliath: The Rise of Fix Radio
Tune that dial for an inspiration fuelled journey through the epic saga of Fix Radio, a modern-day David battling the industry Goliaths in the realm of UK radio. Led by visionary Founder Louis Timpany and industry veteran, Director Paul Chantler. Fix Radio's rise from humble beginnings to national acclaim is a gripping tale of passion, perseverance and the power of innovation. Join Paul and Matt as they peel back the layers of this captivating narrative, uncovering the secrets behind Fix Radio's meteoric ascent and the daring manoeuvres that propelled it to the forefront of the radio industry. What were the challenges? Where did the idea of a UK trades focused radio station come from? And what about the presenters, are they really builders? Prepare to be swept away by tales of triumph, resilience and the unwavering pursuit of excellence as we explore the remarkable journey of Fix Radio, a true underdog story for the ages. Key Takeaways: Station founder and visionary Louis Timpany’s recognition of a niche market opportunity for a radio station targeting builders highlights the importance of market research and identifying underserved or untapped niche markets. It was an opportunity that he spotted through everyday life. This identification inspired think big behaviours that led to realisation. Being brave and taking the opportunity to put his vision in front of Paul at the first opportunity was a calculated risk, but offering a big reward.Paul's extensive network and connections within the radio industry played a crucial role in facilitating the launch of FIX Radio. Leveraging existing relationships can open doors, provide valuable insights, and accelerate the process of building partnerships and securing funding. This really does demonstrate the importance of investing time and effort in networking, building relationship and earning trust.Launching a new venture, especially in a competitive industry like radio, requires persistence and resilience. Despite facing challenges and setbacks, Paul and Louis remained committed to their vision and persevered through the obstacles they encountered. Having that drive for excellence is a trait that can be seen in all successful people. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard.Paul emphasised the importance of authenticity in connecting with the target audience or customers. By recognising the need to resonate with builders, they demonstrated agility by shifting towards hiring authentic voices from the construction industry, contributing to the station's success. This underscores the significance of adapting strategies based on feedback and market dynamics.While Paul initially had a more modest vision for FIX Radio, Louis had a grander vision for the station's potential. Having ambitious goals and a clear vision can drive innovation, expansion, and long-term growth. The meeting of these two minds and complimentary skillsets are what really brought this vision to life. This showcases perfectly the value of diversity, perspective and a common desire for success.Paul and Louis recognised the authenticity and expertise of raw talents like builders Brad and Sam, despite their lack of radio and industry experience. They saw their strengths, capitalising on their humour and knowledge of the building trade. Then, they provided them with production support and training to bridge the gaps required to make them more radio-friendly. This exemplifies effective leadership—recognising potential, nurturing talent and empowering individuals to grow and excel in their roles. Just brilliant!Funding a new venture can be a real headache! Getting sponsorships and advertisers onboard requires effort, persistence, relationship-building and salesmanship. Paul acknowledges the role of Louis, and sales team in securing sponsorships by building relationships with advertisers over time. Building trust and mutual partnerships. The team built a trusted brand that appealed to advertisers. They offered a targeted advertising solution, demonstrating the value of reaching a specific audience without wastage.  🔗 Links to Paul's resources: FIX Radio - https://www.fixradio.co.uk/ Paul's Website - https://paulchantler.com/ Essential Media Law - https://amzn.to/3Ty1O4h   Sadly Paul passed away on 31.03.2024, just weeks after appearing on the show following a short battle with illness. I will forever be grateful to Paul for giving me his time, his kind words, his wisdom and the inspiring stories he shared with us. He was a true legend and loved by many in the radio industry. Thank you Paul, you will be missed!   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Sleep Talk: Performance
11-03-2024
Sleep Talk: Performance
Welcome to a transformative episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, where we delve into the fascinating world of sleep, stress management, and peak performance with the remarkable Alexandra Gibson. Join us on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment as Alexandra shares her insights into optimising performance and well-being through the power of quality sleep and stress management. From her acclaimed clinics in London's Harley Street to virtual boardrooms, Alexandra's mission is clear: to optimise performance and wellbeing by unlocking the power of quality sleep and stress management. Just how important is a good nights rest? Why does it matter? How many hours of sleep should we get? Get answers to these questions and more, as we explore the profound impact of sleep on our cognitive abilities, physical health, problem solving and overall well-being. Discover practical strategies for enhancing sleep quality, navigating change, and embracing a mindset of growth and positivity. Get ready to "awaken" your sleepy self and embark on the road to optimal performance and well-being with Alexandra Gibson.  Key Takeaways: Alexandra emphasized the importance of routine and comfort in achieving better sleep and performance. Establishing familiar routines and creating a cosy sleep environment, whether at home or traveling, can significantly improve sleep quality.We explored the negative impact of screens, particularly the blue light emitted by devices like phones and laptops, on sleep quality. Alexandra highlighted the importance of avoiding screens before bedtime to regulate the body's natural sleep-wake cycle.Furthermore, the discussion debunked the misconception that sacrificing sleep for productivity is beneficial. Alexandra stressed the importance of getting adequate sleep (typically between 7 to 9 hours per night) for optimal performance and overall well-being.Insights into change management were provided, highlighting the need to understand individual mindsets and routines. Alexandra spoke about the importance of respecting people's preferences to facilitate smoother transitions and acceptance of change. – It goes back to the heart of continuous improvement and respect for people.Positive framing emerged as a powerful tool for encouraging behavioural change, with Alexandra emphasizing the benefits of focusing on healthier habits rather than dwelling on the negatives.The conversation underscored the interconnectedness of sleep, routine, mindset, and performance, providing valuable insights for individuals and organizations seeking to optimize well-being and productivity.Shifting gears to decision-making, Alexandra shared that lack of sleep can impair our abilities. Sleeping on a problem often leads to better solutions and decisions, highlighting the importance of quality sleep in problem-solving.REM sleep was highlighted as crucial for problem-solving and learning. Examples such as Dmitri Mendeleev's discovery of the periodic table during a dream illustrate the significance of REM sleep.Experience and intuition were also discussed as vital components of decision-making. Alexandra emphasized the role of trusting instincts while considering logical reasoning, particularly for seasoned professionals.We also explored the benefits of trance and hypnotherapy in reducing stress and improving sleep, as Alexandra highlighted their effectiveness in accessing the subconscious mind.Addressing 'Sunday Scaries' and managing anxiety involves techniques such as questioning beliefs, visualization, and reframing thoughts, as Alexandra outlined. These practices can promote better sleep and overall well-being.In summary, Alexandra's insights on managing our 'stress bucket,' and balancing rational and emotional decision-making are crucial for success.Remember, prioritizing sleep, maintaining healthy routines, and managing stress effectively are foundational for well-being and peak performance.🔗 Links to Alexandra's resources: LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandragibson/ Sandbox Hypnotherapy - https://www.sandboxhypnotherapy.co.uk/   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Saboteurs
26-02-2024
Saboteurs
In this episode, we dive deep into the world of personal growth and overcoming self-sabotage with the remarkable Ani Naqvi, Owner of the Ultimate Results Group. Ani's journey from surviving the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami to becoming a leading voice in executive coaching and mentorship is nothing short of inspiring. With over 15 years of experience in C-suite leadership, Ani has honed her expertise in unlocking the full potential of individuals and organisations. Through her brilliant coaching and mentoring, she has guided numerous CEOs, founders, and senior executives toward greater productivity, fulfilment, and mental freedom. In this insightful conversation, Ani sheds light on the often-overlooked phenomenon of self-sabotage, offering profound insights into understanding and overcoming internal barriers. She emphasises the importance of self-awareness in recognising negative emotions and thoughts as precursors to self-sabotaging behaviours, highlighting its pivotal role in fostering personal growth. Ani discusses strategies for identifying common inner saboteurs like the inner critic and perfectionist, and shares practical techniques for cultivating confidence and success. She delves into the transformative power of mindfulness practices, enabling individuals to ground themselves in the present moment, quiet negative thoughts, and enhance self-awareness for more intentional decision-making. Join us for this enlightening conversation with Ani Naqvi as we uncover the keys to understanding and overcoming self-sabotage, unlocking true potential and living our best lives. 🔗 Links to Ani's resources: Ani's LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ani-naqvi/ Ultimate Results Group - https://ultimateresultsgroup.com/   Key Takeaways: Self-Awareness:Recognising negative emotions and thoughts as precursors to self-sabotaging behaviours.Highlighting its pivotal role in fostering personal growth. Identifying Saboteurs: Understanding common inner saboteurs like the inner critic and perfectionist.Crucial for overcoming detrimental voices and cultivating confidence and success. Mindfulness: Utilise the transformative power of mindfulness practices.Enabling individuals to ground themselves in the present moment, quiet negative thoughts, and enhance self-awareness for more intentional decision-making. Neuroplasticity: Exploring how mindfulness exercises can reshape neural pathways towards a thriving mindset through neuroplasticity.Leading to increased positivity and resilience. Blueprint for Growth: Introducing the Ultimate Results Blueprint: Guiding individuals through steps including awareness, self-compassion, authenticity, alignment, and finding ease and flow. Connection and Support: Underscoring the importance of connection and support in personal growth journeys.Emphasising the role of compassion and community in fostering resilience and collective well-being. Embracing Discomfort: Highlighting the necessity of stepping outside comfort zones for personal development.Viewing discomfort as a catalyst for growth and self-discovery. Purpose Alignment: Stressing the significance of finding purpose and meaning in life.Providing clarity and direction amidst challenges, aligning actions with core values for fulfilment. Choice Empowerment: Recognising the power of choice in shaping mindset and behaviours.Empowering individuals to chart their own path towards fulfilment. Celebration of Success: Acknowledging personal achievements as a means to nurture self-esteem and motivation.Fuelling continued growth and success. To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/ Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Introducing Quantum Lean
12-02-2024
Introducing Quantum Lean
In today's episode, we're crossing the Atlantic to introduce you to two industry trailblazers reshaping lean systems - Sean Fields and Dr. Michael Sanders. Their Quantum Lean (QL) methodology promises to revolutionise traditional frameworks, offering simplification on traditional Lean methods and accelerated and sustainable improvements, particularly in high mix, low volume scenarios. Join us as we delve into Quantum Lean with Sean and Michael, uncovering a fresh perspective that transcends conventional approaches and hearing about where it has come from. Discover practical tips for garnering buy-in and ensuring the longevity of Lean initiatives, while challenging your perceptions of business purpose.   🔗 Links to resources: Dr. Michael Sanders LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-michael-sanders-893070a/ Sean Fields LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-fields-21290b45/ Quantum Lean Book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Lean-Taking-Systems-Level/dp/1604271752/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QOIXO6C4KK3U&keywords=quantum+lean&qid=1707319734&sprefix=QUANTUM+LEAN%252Caps%252C167&sr=8-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=eversolean-21&linkCode=ur2&linkId=9a07e0e6e6e18e9c03cb1f356ece079f&camp=1634&creative=6738   Key Takeaways: Quantum Lean Philosophy: Michael and Sean have developed something very exciting in the Quantum Lean philosophy, which focuses on the essence of Lean principles, particularly in high mix, low volume scenarios. They emphasise a product-centric approach, where every improvement is driven by the viewpoint of the product and its journey through the organisation. This philosophy evolved from a recognition of the limitations of traditional Lean methodologies, which may not always be easily applicable to other industries or scenarios. Instead, Quantum Lean offers a simplified, adaptable approach that prioritises real-world relevance and accessibility.Simplified Approach: Quantum Lean offers a simplified approach to improvement initiatives, cutting through the complexity of traditional Lean methods. By focusing on basic principles and straightforward tools, such as swapping a value stream map for a product path diagram, consisting of three symbols representing conversion, non-conversion and delay, it becomes more accessible to all levels of the organisation. This simplicity helps provide clear priorities for improvement and facilitates alignment and convergence within the organisation. It empowers frontline workers to take ownership and contribute to refining processes, leading to more effective and efficient operations.Focus on the Product's Perspective: One notable aspect of Quantum Lean is its emphasis on prioritising the needs of the product itself. This approach treats the product as the primary voice in process improvement, rather than solely focusing on customer or management perspectives. By adopting this viewpoint, organisations can better identify and address delays and non-conversions, crucial factors in high mix, low volume environments. This product-centric philosophy also encourages organisations to re-evaluate standard work and be adaptable and responsive to the unique needs of each service, order or situation.Management Commitment and Avoiding Pitfalls: AS with any Continuous Improvement methodology, success with Quantum Lean requires full commitment from management. A structured approach to learning, such as the six-hour QL session conducted in person, can help ensure alignment and commitment from leadership (phones in the basket, no distractions). Management must avoid the mistake of adopting Lean methodologies without fully understanding the underlying principles. Instead of addressing symptoms with resources, it's crucial to dig deep and identify the root causes of problems within the organisation's processes. This approach emphasises the importance of time efficiency, eliminating delays and reducing cycle times to achieve greater productivity and profitability.Future Developments and Resources: Future developments in Quantum Lean may focus on enhancing management systems and supervision to further improve organisational effectiveness and efficiency. The book on Quantum Lean is available now through major online booksellers like Amazon, for ease you will find a link below. Michael Sanders and Sean are available on LinkedIn for further discussions and connections, providing valuable resources for those interested in implementing Quantum Lean principles in their organisations.  To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Crisis to Triumph: Kesslers Redefining Retail
29-01-2024
Crisis to Triumph: Kesslers Redefining Retail
Embark on a riveting journey with our guest Daniel Astarita, Managing Director at Kesslers London, as he unveils the transformative tale of rebuilding a retail giant. From transparent communication to strategic risk-taking, Daniel's leadership principles breathe life into Kesslers' incredible resurgence—£0 to £15 million turnover in just 2.5 years! Join us to explore the power of customer connections, agile adaptation and the delicate balance between efficiency and employee well-being. This episode is a masterclass in resilience, innovation and the unwavering pursuit of making UK retail the most exciting destination globally. Don't miss this dynamic conversation on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! 🔗 Links to Daniel's resources: Daniel's LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-astarita/ Kesslers London - https://www.kesslers.com/   Key Takeaways: The importance of honesty and integrity emerged as a crucial step in the turnaround process. Being transparent with stakeholders, including customers, about the challenges Kesslers faced helped to rebuild trust and credibility. Here Daniel really brought to the surface the power of great communication and transparency, and how they are foundational to building or rebuilding relationships and credibility during challenging times.Actively engaging with customers, explaining the company's journey, and seeking their support played a vital role in Kessler rising from the ashes. Daniel and his team have built a connection with their customer base and shown how commitment to improvement has contributed to rebuilding relationships. For me, this is a class touch from Daniel, it clearly demonstrates how customer relationships are a valuable asset, and involving them in the company's journey can foster support and loyalty.Daniel shared some of the strategic decisions that he’s had to make, such as negotiating with landlords, relocating to a cost-effective location, and how optimising space usage, proved essential in overcoming financial challenges. Daniel said it himself, it’s not always easy, and you cannot always be popular when making the right strategic decisions. But making tough calls, committing to and believing in your vision, is critical for navigating challenging periods and ensuring long-term sustainability.Adopting a people-centric leadership approach, where regular interactions with employees and maintaining an open and friendly atmosphere are prioritised, contribute to the positive and motivated workplace that Daniel describes at Kesslers. Leaders who prioritise their team's well-being and maintain open communication foster a positive work culture, which carries with it lower attrition, loyalty and a comradery in pursuit of the North Star, all of which are essential for long term success.The ability to be agile and adapt to challenges, such as the impact of COVID-19, showcased both Kesslers’ and Daniel’s agile mindset. Finding alternative revenue streams, like manufacturing COVID screens, demonstrated flexibility in responding to external factors.  Adaptability is a key trait for any successful business. Installing the right leadership values, values that are modelled behaviours throughout the organisation, contribute to a healthy culture. By being agile, Daniel and his team ensures they can pivot and find new opportunities – continuously improving and meeting their customer needs. Post COIVD, Daniel returned focus to core competencies and successful business practices from before the challenging periods. This allowed Kesslers to streamline operations and regain stability. By identifying and leveraging core strengths, Daniel has been able to deliver for his customers and for his team, helping the organisation to refocus and rebuild.Embracing optimisation and lean practices, particularly when downsizing warehouse space, contributed to maximising efficiency and output with limited resources. Daniel explained how everyone around him was saying that downsizing by such a degree wouldn’t work, but by working smarter and not harder, Daniel was able to optimise the space available to maximise value add. The message here is that efficiency gains through optimisation and lean practices are valuable for maintaining productivity in resource-constrained situations. Even in environments where lean is new to an organisation, learning by doing is a win win scenario for all.Clear and effective communication about Kessler's new direction, improvement plans and commitment to stakeholders played a significant role in building understanding and support. Underlining the fact that clear and well placed strategic communication is key during times of change, helping to align stakeholders, customers and employees.It’s the age old risk vs reward scenario. Daniel’s willingness to take risks, such as buying Kesslers after it went bust, and during challenging times, demonstrated confidence in his vision and the ability to inspire confidence in others. This is brilliant leadership and testament to Daniel’s detailed analysis in order to take calculated risks, driven by confidence and a clear vision – this story is such a great example of how risk can lead to transformative outcomes. Achieving a balance between cost-effectiveness and retaining essential talent is crucial for sustainable operations in any organisation. It’s a strategic balancing act of operational costs with the need for skilled and reliable staff. But Daniel has played this well, he knows the value of his people in the success of Kesslers, he respects his people, and understands where he is competing in terms of working conditions and pay. Having this mindfulness, Daniel has been able to create a competitive package for his team, keep them motivated and retain talent. If I was to summarise Kesslers rebirth and success, I would say it’s down to a combination of strategic decision-making, financial management, people-centric leadership and a commitment to transparency and continuous improvement. The ability to adapt to challenges and focus on core strengths has undoubtably contributed to the Kesslers resilience and growth. To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Unlocking Potential: Empowering Growth & Innovation
15-01-2024
Unlocking Potential: Empowering Growth & Innovation
Embark on an illuminating journey through the realms of manufacturing, leadership, and personal growth with David Savage, a seasoned leader and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). David's expertise goes beyond the pursuit of process optimisation; he is driven by uncovering the latent human potential thriving within the manufacturing landscape. With diverse roles in engineering, manufacturing and leadership, David discerned a profound correlation between refining operational processes and nurturing talent. This realisation steered his trajectory towards coaching and personal development, deviating from conventional industry paradigms. In his role as a Transformation Leader, David's innovative coaching-centred approach yielded remarkable results, witnessing a doubling of output and substantial reductions in lead times. His methodology prioritises team engagement, fostering an organic culture of quality. David's impact extends beyond typical Lean Innovation practices, not solely fixated on defect reduction but also on cultivating environments that nurture talent and stimulate innovative thinking. His proficiency as a Professional Co-Active Coach empowers individuals to translate aspirations into actionable steps, breathing renewed vitality into organisations. In this enlightening episode, David shares invaluable insights into self-awareness, team dynamics, and unlocking untapped potential within organisations. He unveils strategies to nurture empowering cultures, challenge prevailing management fallacies and cultivate growth-oriented mindsets in manufacturing settings. 🌟 Embrace the Power of "No" and Prioritize Yourself! 💪 Dive into the essence of a true growth mindset with David Savage on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast. 🚀 Discover the intriguing concept of the Level 0 Meeting that promises to revolutionize your approach to personal and professional growth. Join us as we explore the uncharted territory of unleashing human potential, guided by David Savage's warmth and expertise. Key Takeaways: Human Factors in Processes: Recognising people's knowledge alongside technology is vital for more effective manufacturing processes, ensuring a holistic approach to operations.Empowering Leadership: Cultivating a culture of trust and collaboration through empowering leadership encourages innovation and maximises employee potential.Traits of Effective Leadership: Active listening and genuine care build strong relationships, fostering a positive work environment and enhancing productivity.Engagement for Results: Involving and engaging individuals fosters ownership, creativity, and enthusiasm, leading to better outcomes.Self-Reflection and Intention Setting: Regular self-reflection aligns actions with goals, contributing to personal growth and clarity in leadership.Lean Principles and Respect: Incorporating lean principles with respect for individuals drives efficiency and continuous improvement in operations.Understanding Perspectives: Empathising with others' perspectives fosters effective communication, inclusivity, and collaboration within teams.Comfort Zone Expansion: Encouraging stepping out of comfort zones stimulates growth, adaptability, and innovation in the workplace.Sustainable Talent Development: Encouraging personal growth while respecting boundaries supports individuals' development and motivation.Logical Explanation and Visualisation: Utilising logical models and visual tools aids in conveying complex concepts across diverse audiences effectively.Motivation, Engagement, and Collaboration: Understanding motivations, fostering engagement, and encouraging collaboration create a positive and productive work environment, enhancing overall success.Continuous Learning and Collaboration: Prioritising ongoing learning and collaborative efforts facilitates growth and improvement within teams and organisations.🔗 Links to David's resources: Daring to set a New Standard: Building a culture where people thrive - https://www.linkedin.com/events/daringtosetanewstandard-buildin7147948571038740481/comments/ David LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-savage-rocket-science/   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Aston’s Story: A Story of Growth, Resilience & Triumph
18-12-2023
Aston’s Story: A Story of Growth, Resilience & Triumph
Prepare for an extraordinary episode on the Ever-So-Lean Podcast featuring the remarkable Aston Avery. An advocate for autism acceptance and mental health awareness, Aston shares his inspiring narrative. From overcoming childhood challenges with autism, health issues and bullying to emerging as a beacon of advocacy, a performer, presenter and confident radio host, Aston's journey is one of resilience and growth.  Aston's remarkable story is not only an inspiration but a testament to his unwavering spirit and a 'can do' attitude. Despite being a multi-award-winning charity ambassador, Aston's humility and genuine warmth shine through. His captivating sense of humour and down-to-earth nature make for an endearing and engaging conversation. Aston's ability to see the positive, overcome challenges and find his way, demonstrating astounding personal resilience, leaves us with powerful life and business lessons that really do underline the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion in our workplaces and communities, and the power of positivity. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a remarkable and endearing human being who's leaving a lasting impact on both the people that he meets, and society as a whole.   🔗 Links to Aston's resources: Team Avery Essex - https://www.teamaveryessex.com/home/ Anna Kennedy Online - https://www.annakennedyonline.com/ Aston on the Radio (Gateway 97.8) - https://www.gateway978.com/author/aston   Key Takeaways: Aston's journey epitomises resilience, advocacy and purpose-driven dedication. His ability to confront adversities, advocate for autism awareness and pursue his passion for performing arts offers valuable insights applicable to both life and business.In life, Aston's resilience serves as a lesson in facing challenges with fortitude. Embracing setbacks, much like Aston did with his health issues and societal misconceptions, teaches us to navigate unexpected hurdles with determination and persistence. Similarly, in the business world, encountering setbacks or market fluctuations is common. Embracing resilience enables adapting to changes, driving progress and achieving long-term success.Aston's dedication to autism awareness emphasises the vital importance of diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) in society. His advocacy not only drives positive societal change but also underscores the need for stronger community bonds through understanding and acceptance.In the business realm, supporting DEI initiatives goes beyond ethical responsibility. It bolsters brand reputation, cultivates customer loyalty and nurtures robust employee engagement. Embracing diversity isn't a mere obligation; it's about valuing individual perspectives, creating an inclusive environment and leveraging varied talents for innovation and market relevance. Prioritising DEI isn't just ethical; it's a strategic move that propels organisations toward long-term success while making a meaningful impact on society.Aston's passion for performing arts and dedication to autism awareness exemplify the importance of pursuing passions with purpose. It underscores the lesson that aligning personal or organisational goals with a clear purpose leads to a more fulfilling life and a more impactful business strategy.Furthermore, Aston's effective communication and storytelling skills showcase the power of honest, relatable narratives. These skills foster understanding and connections among individuals in personal and professional settings alike. Mastering the art of storytelling in business builds emotional connections with customers and stakeholders, driving engagement and loyalty.His entrepreneurial mindset and adaptability teach us to transform setbacks into opportunities for growth. Embracing an entrepreneurial mindset in life fuels innovation and resilience, just as it does in business, where it enables organisations to pivot, innovate, be agile and thrive in dynamic market conditions.Additionally, Aston's commitment to donating prize money to charities highlights the value of giving back. This gesture not only makes a positive impact but also strengthens leadership values. In business, incorporating social responsibility initiatives fosters a positive brand image and enhances employee morale and engagement. It can really help your organisation connect with your community.Finally, Aston's journey emphasises the importance of continuous learning and adaptation. Embracing lifelong learning in both personal and professional spheres foster growth, innovation and resilience, creating a competitive edge in business while enriching life experiences.  To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Putting the Answer Where the Question Is - SOPs
04-12-2023
Putting the Answer Where the Question Is - SOPs
In this ground-breaking episode, we unveil the transformative power of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with Tom Hughes, an industry luminary who has navigated multiple sectors with finesse. Tom, a seasoned professional rooted in Engineering and Lean Methodologies, opens the door to a world where SOPs are not just a corporate necessity but a strategic force for operational excellence. We kick off delving into the genesis of GEMBADOCS, Tom's brainchild born from a need to revolutionize SOP creation and management. Tom's insights reveal how GEMBADOCS identified the void in SOP handling, turning mundane procedures into a dynamic tool for efficiency and growth. Tom shares his invaluable experiences highlighting the most prevalent pitfalls companies face with SOPs. He unveils how GEMBADOCS addressed these challenges, reshaping SOP management from a 'folder in a drawer' scenario to an actively utilised strategic asset. The conversation pivots to the significance of placing SOPs precisely where they are needed, at the right time, and for the right people. Tom elaborates on how SOPs provide solutions rather than just guidelines, becoming instrumental in unlocking efficiency and operational prowess. Tom unravels the mystery behind escaping the SOP wallpaper syndrome, where SOPs merely gather dust in forgotten folders. He provides a roadmap for organisations to not only create SOPs but to ensure their active usage and relevance. Discover how SOPs intertwine seamlessly with Lean principles, fostering a culture of Continuous Improvement. Tom presents compelling success stories where GEMBADOCS has significantly streamlined SOP creation and usage, bringing tangible benefits to companies globally. The discussion zooms into the future, predicting the trajectory of SOP management amid rapid technological evolution. Tom sheds light on the promising horizon, emphasising the role of technology in enhancing SOP accessibility and effectiveness. Closing with a treasure trove of advice, Tom shares invaluable insights and best practices for organisations struggling with SOP management. He emphasizes the importance of collaboration, simplicity, technology adoption and a culture of Continuous Improvement for SOPs to be truly impactful. This episode is a journey through the evolution of SOPs, from overlooked documents to strategic powerhouses. Tom Hughes's expertise and GEMBADOCS' innovation mark a pivotal shift, transforming SOPs into dynamic tools that not only streamline operations but also foster a culture of continuous improvement and efficiency within organisations. Tom offers Ever-So-Lean listeners a 10% discount on a subscription to GEMBADOCS following a 30-day FREE trial. Simply follow this link and then quote the code 'EVERSOLEAN10' to benefit from this incredible offer - https://gembadocsapp.page.link/77bEaYkFTF64t7dd7   🔗 Links to Tom's resources, offering a low cost and game changing solution to SOP creation and management: Tom's FREE book 'IMPROVEMENT STARTS WITH I'. A practical guide to building an extraordinary Lean culture - https://www.dropbox.com/s/ovjhlzmun13i4np/Improvement%20Starts%20With%20I_interior-v6%206x9%20%282%29.pdf?dl=0 G.R.E.A.T PROCESSES. A FREE quick guide on how to make any workplace better with SOPs - https://www.dropbox.com/s/g58685876k6vkct/GREAT%20PROCESSES_interior-v4%20with%20cover.pdf?dl=0   Key Takeaways: Gemba-Centric SOP Development: Emphasise the importance of Gemba (the actual place where work is performed) as the foundation for crafting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Involvement of task performers in SOP creation ensures both acceptance and effectiveness.Simplicity in SOP Design: SOPs should prioritise simplicity. Visual instructions utilising clear visuals and straightforward language are universally understandable and more effective compared to text-heavy procedures.Accessibility is Key: SOPs must be readily available at the point of work to maintain relevance and usefulness, making accessibility a critical factor.Testing and Training for Implementation: Testing and training, especially for critical processes, are imperative to ensure the effective implementation of SOPs. Focus on refining flawed processes rather than attributing errors to individuals.Technology's Role in SOPs: Leverage technology, such as QR codes for accessing updated SOP versions, diverse language content, and part information. Transitioning from printed to digital SOPs enhances accessibility, portability, and ease of updates.Collaborative SOP Creation: Involve task executors in the collaborative creation of SOPs to enhance their effectiveness and sense of ownership.Empathetic Leadership and Continuous Improvement Culture: Empathetic leadership and fostering a culture of continuous improvement not only enhance efficiency but also cultivate an environment of growth and progress.Value of Real-World Expertise: Real-world experience and practical knowledge hold substantial weight. Learning from field experts can be more impactful than theoretical expertise.Utilise Practical Resources: Practical resources, such as GEMBADOCS, play a crucial role in supporting continuous improvement initiatives, advocating for a hands-on, practical approach to refining processes.  To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. Upskill your coaching skills with the ONLY Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Safe Conversations for Work and Life
20-11-2023
Safe Conversations for Work and Life
On this episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, we embark on a profound exploration of Mental Health, Wellness, Resilience and Mindfulness with our esteemed guest, Bill Carson. Bill, a visionary leader in the sphere of mental wellness, brings a wealth of experience as an author, speaker, facilitator, and coach, dedicating his life to guiding individuals, businesses, and communities through the complexities of mental health challenges. 🌟 Bill provides insights on: 🧘 Mindfulness Mastery: Discover practical strategies shared by Bill for seamlessly integrating mindfulness practices into daily routines, fostering present-mindedness and grounding. 🤝 Empathy vs. Sympathy: Delve into the distinctions between empathy and sympathy, unveiling deeper insights challenging conventional perspectives. 🔑 Strategies for Stress Management: Gain invaluable techniques for stress management and burnout prevention, nurturing mental and emotional wellbeing. 🔄 Navigating Change: Explore the emotional landscape of change management and the Four W's framework (why, what, how, what-ifs) crucial for successful workplace transitions. 👥 Managerial Empathy: Highlighting the significance of managers recognizing and empathetically addressing team members' mental health challenges, fostering a supportive work environment. 🗣️ Creating Safe Spaces: Explore the importance of authentic, open dialogues that validate feelings, build trust, and foster genuine connections. 🌟 Leadership Dynamics: Unveil the essence of empathetic leadership, where understanding, support, and compassion intersect with business demands and mental health awareness. 📚 Resource Spotlight: Bill's newly released book, "SAFE Conversations for Work and Life," and workshops dedicated to mental health, offering valuable tools for personal and professional growth. 🌍 Overall Impact: This episode echoes the essential need for empathy, mindfulness, and space for emotional expression in both professional and personal realms. Bill's insights serve as a guiding light towards holistic mental wellness and resilience. Tune in to this enlightening conversation with Bill Carson, as he navigates the intricate tapestry of mental health, providing a roadmap towards a more empathetic, mindful, and resilient way of living.   Key Takeaways: 1. Change is a rollercoaster of emotions, right? Knowing how folks react—both positively and negatively—makes all the difference when change hits. 2. Ever tried flipping a bad mood to a good one? Bill talked about shifting your mindset, focusing on a positive mindset and keeping check of emotions. 3. The Four W's of Change Management were great—why, what, how, and the what-ifs—are like the roadmap for making changes in any work place. 4. For real, when change hits, people’s emotions matter. Ignoring how it messes with folks' feelings can crank up the stress levels big time. Factoring in this in the planning stage and keep emotional wellness first will reduce the impact of change and bode well for a successful and sustained change. 5. Talking mental health? It’s a big deal. Making it safe to chat about tough stuff builds support networks that really have your back. It’s ok not to be ok. 6. Creating safe spaces for real talk is huge. Being open and raw helps build trust and bonds. 7. Validating feelings in chat? Yep, it's legit. Being genuine and respecting how others feel makes a safe zone for conversations. 8. Leaders, empathy is critical. Having empathy and backing up your teams dealing with their stuff? That's leadership gold. That’s true leadership. 9. Empathy over sympathy—it's about understanding others' concerns or worries without making it all about your own tales. That's how you really connect. 10. Balancing stress with mindfulness and knowing when to take some time for you. Super important for staying cool, collected and focused. 11. Leading a team means also holding folks accountable while having their backs when mental health stuff comes into play. There’s so much that can be said for a leader who shows compassion, understanding and is supportive. Even when it is a hindrance to the business plan 12. Finding ways to handle all the mental and emotional energy? That's the key to handling tough situations better.   🔗 Links to Bill's resources, offering a transformative journey towards enhanced mental wellbeing: Bill's Website - https://inspirelearning.au/ Bill's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-carson-4a645618/ First Two Chapters of 'SAFE Conversations for Work and Life' - https://inspirelearning.au/get-safe-conversations-for-work-and-life-book/ Safe Conversations for Work & Life - https://www.amazon.co.uk/SAFE-Conversations-Work-Life-conversations/dp/0645729108/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2VDKAK6DAGY2F&keywords=safe+conversations+for+work+and+life&qid=1707320310&sprefix=safe+conversations+for+work+and+life%252Caps%252C156&sr=8-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=eversolean-21&linkCode=ur2&linkId=90d3db85d85fa26e7ec0cf6b00830f87&camp=1634&creative=6738   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
UK Excellence Awards 2023 (Part II)
09-11-2023
UK Excellence Awards 2023 (Part II)
Get ready for an extraordinary, bumper special episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! In this episode (Part II), Matt takes you on a thrilling journey back to the unforgettable night of October 5th when the prestigious London Hilton Bankside played host to the UK Excellence Awards 2023. This wasn't just any celebration; it marked a momentous milestone as the British Quality Foundation (BQF) celebrated 30 glorious years as the Home of UK Excellence. Picture a night brimming with brilliance, dedicated to honouring remarkable achievements and capturing the very essence of excellence. Matt has your backstage pass to relive the electric atmosphere, the jubilant celebrations, and to introduce you to the incredible individuals who made this event truly exceptional. It was an evening where inspiration flowed freely, where exceptional individuals united to share their extraordinary paths to excellence. The event was nothing short of a triumph, with a record-breaking number of entries and tickets selling out in the blink of an eye. A dedicated panel of 76 experts deliberated on 475 talented individuals from 134 different teams and organisations, making this the grandest BQF awards program to date. If you're in need of uplifting, feel-good vibes and eager to hear about outstanding work not only in the UK but beyond, you're in the right place. Brace yourself for some live event audio that captures the exuberant atmosphere, making this episode a lively and charming experience like no other.   Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do, enquire about becoming a member and enjoy the benefits - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
UK Excellence Awards 2023 (Part I)
06-11-2023
UK Excellence Awards 2023 (Part I)
Get ready for an extraordinary, bumper special episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! In this episode (Part I), Matt takes you on a thrilling journey back to the unforgettable night of October 5th when the prestigious London Hilton Bankside played host to the UK Excellence Awards 2023. This wasn't just any celebration; it marked a momentous milestone as the British Quality Foundation (BQF) celebrated 30 glorious years as the Home of UK Excellence. Picture a night brimming with brilliance, dedicated to honouring remarkable achievements and capturing the very essence of excellence. Matt has your backstage pass to relive the electric atmosphere, the jubilant celebrations, and to introduce you to the incredible individuals who made this event truly exceptional. It was an evening where inspiration flowed freely, where exceptional individuals united to share their extraordinary paths to excellence. The event was nothing short of a triumph, with a record-breaking number of entries and tickets selling out in the blink of an eye. A dedicated panel of 76 experts deliberated on 475 talented individuals from 134 different teams and organisations, making this the grandest BQF awards program to date. If you're in need of uplifting, feel-good vibes and eager to hear about outstanding work not only in the UK but beyond, you're in the right place. Brace yourself for some live event audio that captures the exuberant atmosphere, making this episode a lively and charming experience like no other.   Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do, enquire about becoming a member and enjoy the benefits - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Introducing Lean Agile & the 5C’s
23-10-2023
Introducing Lean Agile & the 5C’s
Join Matt on this thrilling episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast as we embark on an enlightening journey through the transformative realm of Lean Agile, guided by the legendary Gene Lee, the mastermind behind the ground-breaking Lean Agile 5C's Methodology. In his exclusive conversation, Gene Lee, a true Lean and Agile luminary, reveals the inspiration behind his innovative creation and the key experiences that led to its inception. He explains how the Lean Agile 5C's Model is a fusion of Lean and Agile principles, resulting in a dynamic framework designed to reshape business practices. Gene walks us through the core principles of the Lean Agile 5C's Model - Customer Centricity, Collaboration, Coordination, Communication, and Continuous Improvement. These five Cs form the bedrock of the framework, driving organisations toward a culture of continuous improvement. Unravelling the secrets behind the model's success, Gene emphasizes the pivotal role of the Voice of the Customer. He shares real-world examples of how customer feedback has shaped the model's evolution, preventing wasted resources and faulty expansion strategies. For organisations eager to implement the Lean Agile 5C's Model, Gene provides essential steps and valuable advice for overcoming common challenges during implementation. He highlights the significance of breaking down silos, fostering cross-functional teamwork, and empowering teams through consistent priorities. The episode also delves into how success and impact are measured in practice, emphasizing everyday metrics that gauge an organization's progress in adopting the framework. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a Lean Agile maestro and discover how the Lean Agile 5C's Model is redefining the future of business. Gene Lee's exceptional journey and innovative methodology will leave you inspired and ready to embark on your own path to transformation. Get ready to be a part of the Lean Agile revolution! Tune in to the Ever-So-Lean Podcast and become a Lean Agile Avenger. Lean back, and let the transformation begin!   Key Takeaways: 1. Lean Agile 5C is a framework that combines Lean, Agile, and other methodologies for continuous improvement. 2. The model focuses on five Cs: Customer Centricity, Collaboration, Coordination, Communication, and Continuous Improvement. 3. The framework's goal is to foster a culture of continuous improvement within organizations. 4. Customer feedback and the Voice of the Customer (VoC) are vital for success. 5. The eight common types of waste seen in Lean methods are applicable everywhere. 6. Collaboration, coordination, and communication are essential for continuous improvement success. 7. Leadership should prioritize consistency in priorities and empower teams. 8. Breaking down silos and encouraging cross-functional teamwork is crucial. 9. The Lean Agile 5C framework aims to build a culture of continuous improvement, is applicable across industries, and measures success through everyday metrics. 10. For more information, visit Gene Lee's websites:           a. Lean Agile Mastery: www.leanagilemastery.com           b. Radar Consulting: www.radarconsultingllc.com 11. Gene’s real-world success stories demonstrate the framework's impact on customer satisfaction and revenue.   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do - https://www.bqf.org.uk/   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother! - https://toyota-way-academy.teachable.com/?affcode=43912_2uzhk5-x   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Lean & SIM Motorsport
09-10-2023
Lean & SIM Motorsport
Join Matt as he hops into the fast lane as we sit down with the dynamic founder and CEO of SIM Motorsport Ltd, Simon Ricketts, who has been on the exhilarating journey to redefine the SIM racing world with Lean excellence. Simon takes us on a thrilling ride through his career, from diverse adventures in sales, security, hospitality and military service to becoming the driving force behind an electrifying SIM motorsport experience in the UK. Since taking the helm in October 2021, Simon has catapulted SIM Motorsport to the forefront of the industry, known for its cutting-edge race car simulators featuring the officially licensed 4-point haptic suspension system sanctioned by the prestigious FIA – the most realistic sim experience you'll find. In this episode, we explore how Lean principles are embedded into the DNA of SIM Motorsport Ltd, from design to operations, with practices like Kanban, Right First Time and benchmarking ensuring every aspect is finely tuned for efficiency. We delve into the role of data analysis and performance metrics, especially in telemetry, and discover the most effective Lean tools like Cause & Effect and Right First Time. Learn how Simon and his team streamline logistics and event preparation using the Venus Management System, enabling complete remote control and feedback. Explore why professional drivers, racing enthusiasts and corporate parties all flock to SIM Motorsport Ltd for its realistic simulators, telemetry, risk-free experimentation and above all else, realism! Simon shares his vision for the future of Lean in the SIM racing industry, with plans to expand already racing ahead, his proof of concept ultimately creating a more efficient and enjoyable experience for racers and enthusiasts. So many key learnings to takeaway that are applicable to to your workplace. Simon's journey and the Lean principles at SIM Motorsport Ltd serve as a shining example of how continuous improvement and data-driven decisions can transform an industry. From 5S practices to daily quality checks, the team at SIM Motorsport embraces precision and customer focus. Discover how Simon's passion for process mapping has created a world-class experience, and see how data-driven coaching, akin to the Toyota Kata, helps racers improve their performance. In an ever-evolving world, Simon is excited about the potential of AI technology in motorsport, while valuing the irreplaceable human touch and knowledge. This episode is packed with valuable insights and lessons that apply not only to motorsport but to any industry. So, buckle up and get ready for an adrenaline-fueled journey of Lean inspiration, benchmarking, and innovation with Simon Ricketts of SIM Motorsport Ltd. If you're seeking a new obsession or simply a good time, make a pit stop at SIM Motorsport Ltd in Gillingham, Kent, UK, and experience the future of racing today! Explore upcoming events and the RACE SCHOOL program, designed to nurture talented young motorsport enthusiasts. Plus, enjoy exclusive listener perks with a 10% discount (code: EVERSOLEAN8020) and a loyalty scheme. Key Takeaways: TQM principles revolve around customer satisfaction, leadership commitment, employee involvement, continuous improvement, data-driven decisions, supplier relationships, structured processes, education, benchmarking, empowerment and prevention. These principles aim to boost quality and organizational excellence.  Simon is the prefect example of these skillsets sticking with you and being transferable. At SIM Motorsport Ltd, Simon and the team have created an environment and an experience that is heavily built on Lean principles, mirroring what you see in Formula One.  As soon as you walk through the doors, the environment blows you away. You see practices like 5S, just-in-time, continuous improvement, waste reduction, standardized work, Kanban, visual management, team collaboration and a multi-skilled workforce. Just like racing on track, these principles clearly enhance efficiency and precision in the high-pressure world of SIM Racing. Before opening SIM Motorsport Ltd, Simon conducted vigorous benchmarking exercises from other industry leading motorsport areas. This enabled him to understand what worked and didn’t work so well. Providing him the blueprint for a world class experience. Right down to the availability of deodorant in the washrooms! Simon spoke about how he is developing his team in TQM principles naturally. It’s the way they do the work. The learning is being pulled by the team who are keen to learn and drive improvement. The key part here is that it’s a pull system and not a push system. The culture is a culture of continuous improvement. Fantastic. Every day quality checks take place to ensure that all equipment is in optimal condition. Standard work is in place, including checklists to ensure this happens the same way and at the same time everyday, regardless of who is working. It’s all about precision, customer focus and right first time. At the end of each day, he does a Gemba meeting with the team to review the day, identify what they could do better and learn from it. Such an important discipline to install and maintain, so simple, yet so powerful. I loved that Simon shared that he utilises Process Mapping to develop the world class flow and business model he has created to such a high standard. This wasn’t a one off task that filed away somewhere. He frequently goes back to this living breathing document to look for opportunities to improve. During the SIM experience, the team analyse data captured through telemetry along with the driver to understand where they can improve. The staff are experts (SME’s) and use the data to coach the driver where they can improve. They then go back to the simulator and go again. The process is then rinsed and repeated throughout the session. The key part here for me is using fact and data to ‘coach’ rather than ‘tell’. It’s very similar to the Toyota Kata. It’s about learning a discipline and then practicing it over and over until mastered. I love that Simon was so open to and excited by the impact AI technology is and will have on his industry. He’s already thinking about the benefits and improvement’s it can add to SIM Motorsport.  Yet he is also conscious of where the human touch, interaction and knowledge is valuable in the process. There was so many learnings today that we can take away and apply to our own working environments. The logic, methods and application approach that Simon has evidenced at SIM Motorsport Ltd is applicable everywhere.   If you’re looking for some Lean inspiration, some benchmarking, a good time and potentially a new obsession, get yourself down to SIM Motorsport Ltd in Gillingham, Kent in the UK.  Useful Links: SIM Motorsport Ltd - https://www.simmotorsport.co.uk/ Use discount code "EVERSOLEAN8020" to receive a 10% discount on your booking   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do.   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Behind the Veil of Mistakes
25-09-2023
Behind the Veil of Mistakes
🎙️ Get ready to dive into the world of continuous improvement with our special guest, Russell Watkins, the Co-founder of Sempai®! With a diverse background spanning Operations, Materials, and Lean across the Automotive, Aerospace, and Construction Equipment sectors, Russell brings a global perspective to enhancing business performance. In this exclusive episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, Russell opens the door to his incredible journey, sharing real-life stories of failures that have not only shaped his career but also served as stepping stones to success. 🌟 Join us as we uncover how setbacks can be transformed into invaluable lessons that propel both individual and organizational achievement. Russell's experiences, from "5S gone wrong" to tackling the world's largest fishbone, reveal the gritty realities of continuous improvement. 🌊 But fear not, for these tales of challenge and triumph are bound to inspire you on your own journey of improvement, innovation, and growth. Prepare for an insightful conversation that delves deep into the ups and downs of a continuous improvement career. Stay tuned as Russell 'opens the Kimono' and invites you into his world of transformation, problem-solving, and unshakable determination. 🎧📊 Don't miss this opportunity to gain fresh insights and motivation to elevate your own professional and organizational endeavours. Welcome to the Ever-So-Lean Podcast with our special guest, Russell Watkins! 🎉   Key Takeaways: Russ describes "opening the kimono" as a Japanese term originating from the 1890s, meaning showing a bit of yourself, some humility, a bit of the real you. This practice can help build strong and trusting relationships, creating a comfortable environment between hierarchies in organisations. If you find yourself at the early stages of your career, there's no need to panic about the next steps. Take your time, try different things, learn, and keep forging your own path. In the end, it will work out. Factories represent a microclimate where the shop floor is brimming with knowledge, experience, politics, banter, and familial-like units. Taking the time to involve and understand this environment is well worth the investment. Russ's story from Lotus, where he travelled to Belgium and Peru to understand why windscreens were cracking, serves as a prime example of how time, money, and effort can be wasted when direct engagement with operators would have provided the necessary information. Imposter syndrome often preys on our insecurities. It can lead us to become defensive and reluctant to show vulnerability and humility. We might fear that revealing a lack of understanding, asking questions, making a mistake, or showing a "weakness" will cause others to lose respect for us, judge us, or mock us. However, in reality, very few people will react negatively to this. In fact, evidence suggests that the perception of vulnerability and humility is often viewed more positively by others than those experiencing imposter syndrome might anticipate. Sharing doubts, asking questions, or admitting to a lack of understanding can actually enhance trust and collaboration in professional and personal relationships. This aligns with concepts of psychological safety and a growth mindset. Coaching and developing others is an incredibly rewarding exercise and a fantastic way to learn and grow as a leader and coach yourself. If you're looking to enhance your coaching skills and have lifetime access to supporting materials, the online Toyota Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata Basics course is an excellent place to start. It's cost-effective and provides a brilliant framework that can be applied in various settings. You can find the link in the description below. Well-placed and appropriate humour can be a valuable tool for building relationships and fostering understanding. Research supports the idea that using humour appropriately can stimulate positive emotions, improve memory retention, reduce stress, facilitate communication, and create a sense of camaraderie among individuals. It's a powerful tool for making connections and facilitating effective learning and communication. Russ also spoke about how, as we age, we tend to feel more comfortable and secure about admitting where we could have done things better in the past. The examples Russ provided fall into three categories: 1) the way he leads activities, 2) places where he has failed to practice what he has learned, and 3) in planning Lean transformations where he has made mistakes. This got me thinking about the mistakes I've made during my career. I found it to be a cleansing exercise to reflect on what I've learned over the years. I highly recommend this for you as an individual or even as a group exercise with your team. You don't have to share your reflections, but encouraging the thinking process is a valuable one. Reflecting on past mistakes and areas for improvement in your career is beneficial because it promotes personal and professional growth, enhances self-awareness, improves decision-making, and can be a valuable exercise for teams, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and accountability. Useful Links: Sempai - https://www.linkedin.com/in/russellwatkinssempai/ Russel Watkins LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/russellwatkinssempai/ Sempai YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@the_lean_expert   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do.   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Overcoming Tsundoku & Lean Portfolio Management
11-09-2023
Overcoming Tsundoku & Lean Portfolio Management
Get ready for a rip-roaring episode of the Ever-So-Lean Podcast! 🎙️ Join us as we embark on an eye-opening journey with the one and only Noel Warnell. With over two decades of software expertise and a passion for devouring books and Agile expertise, Noel is about to drop some serious wisdom that will leave you craving more. In this episode, you'll discover: 📚 Revolutionise Your Reading Habits: Noel reveals his secrets for making the most out of your reading time. Learn how to cut through the noise, identify the most valuable sections, and establish a daily reading habit that fits your busy life. 🚀 The Power of Lean Portfolio Management (LPM): Dive deep into the world of LPM, a game-changer for large organisations. Discover how breaking projects into smaller, testable segments can skyrocket your efficiency and agility, all while reducing risk. 🌟 Continuous Improvement Unveiled: Noel identifies how without knowing it we are all embracing a Lean mindset in our daily life. Prepare to be inspired, informed, and utterly entertained as Noel guides you through the world of Agility, Transformation and getting on top of your backlog of books! This episode is your golden ticket to becoming a more agile, innovative, and book-loving version of yourself! 🔥 Don't miss out – your journey to a brighter, leaner future begins here. 🚀📖   Key Takeaways: **Adapt Your Reading Habits:** Reading cover to cover is something we learnt at a round age, but may not be necessary as an adult. Identify the sections that are relevant to you and establish a regular reading habit, even if it's just 5 minutes a day.**Don't Force Yourself:** Don't hesitate to put down a book if it doesn't resonate with you. Just as you would walk away from a movie or conversation, it's okay to ditch a book that isn't connecting with you. You won’t hurt its feelings. **Books on a Budget:** You don't need to be wealthy to read. You can access books from libraries, charity shops, through neighbourly generosity, even from some cafes and old telephone boxes.**Rethink Note-Taking:** Consider alternative methods like sketch noting and mind mapping to retain information effectively, rather than relying solely on traditional note-taking of it doesn’t work for you. It is scientifically proven that we retain more information when it’s visual. Be creative. **Continuous Improvement:** Embrace a lean and continuously improving mindset in your daily life. It's a natural part of human evolution. You’d be shocked to realise how many of your daily activities are performed in a lean way without you even realising it. Think about it. **Internal Culture Transformation:** If you want lasting change and a desired culture in your organization, it must come from within rather than relying solely on external experts or consultants. The best way to utilise a consultant is to use their knowledge and experience to develop your own organisation. Let them support you. **Lean Portfolio Management (LPM):** LPM is a valuable approach for budgeting and resourcing projects. It encourages breaking projects into smaller segments, enabling testing and flexibility, and reducing risk. It Considers shorter-term (3-6 months) planning with reduced investments to increase agility and reduce risk in project management.**Engage Stakeholders:** Involve senior stakeholders and create a framework for LPM. Keep it simple and ensure the right people are on board. It’s a complete change of mindset and approach from tradition. These takeaways emphasize the importance of adaptability, efficiency, and a holistic approach to personal and organizational development.   Useful links that Noel referenced: https://www.noelwarnell.uk/post/8-super-simple-ways-to-read-a-metric-crap-ton-of-books-in-2023 https://www.noelwarnell.uk/product-page/agile-bullshit-cards https://www.thegreatbritishbookshop.co.uk/products/the-quarterly-agile-planning-journal?_pos=1&_sid=fd6f96a0e&_ss=r https://www.linkedin.com/in/noelwarnell   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do.   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Unlocking the Potential of AI for Learning
23-08-2023
Unlocking the Potential of AI for Learning
Welcome to another exhilarating episode of the "Ever So Lean" podcast! Today, we have the privilege of hosting a true visionary in enterprise learning and development, Steve Dineen. He is the trailblazing founder of Fuse, a ground-breaking enterprise learning and knowledge platform that has transformed the way people engage with learning experiences. In this electrifying conversation, we take a journey through Steve's remarkable career, from scaling and selling the UK's second-largest bespoke digital learning company to his inspiring initiative, Fuse School. Through Fuse School, Steve has democratized education by offering GCSE-grade education to millions worldwide, completely free! Steve's passion for leveraging cutting-edge technology, particularly AI, to reshape education shines brightly. We explore his insights into AI's imminent role in education and its incredible potential to revolutionize traditional learning landscapes. As the episode unfolds, we dive deep into how Fuse harnesses AI to create personalized, adaptive, and enriching learning experiences. We uncover the delicate balance between AI-driven automation and the irreplaceable human touch in learning. While the future is promising, challenges loom—Steve delves into the considerations surrounding evolving AI technology, data privacy, and ethical concerns. 🌟 But that's not all! 🌟 Get ready for some lightning-round excitement as Steve takes on the "Yes, No" challenge. Can he conquer the rapid-fire questions without uttering a "Yes" or "No"? With the closing notes, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Steve Dineen for sharing his insights and transformative journey with us. If you've enjoyed this captivating episode, remember to subscribe and follow the "Ever So Lean" podcast at eversolean.com. Your reviews mean the world to me, so take a moment to like and review us on your preferred platform.   Key Takeaways: Steve challenges the conventional approach to learning by advocating for personalized learning experiences that AI can provide. He believes that educators often design learning based on their own preferences rather than adapting to individual needs. Steve’s perspective contrasts with traditional methods that involve passive learning, where information is presented and then expected to be retained and applied. An approach that rarely achieves the desired output. We’ve all experienced it, ask yourself “do I enjoy that”. “Did I retain the knowledge”? Steve shared intriguing examples of harnessing collective intelligence within his team and enhancing it using AI technology. One fascinating use case involved incorporating the voice of “celebrities” to make the content more engaging.Addressing concerns about AI and job displacement, Steve offered a thought-provoking insight: “it’s not AI that is going to take your job, it’s someone using AI that will take your job.” He draws parallels to the transition from landlines to mobile phones, suggesting that embracing AI is crucial for professional growth.Steve emphasised that AI is a powerful tool for improvement across various aspects of the workplace. He mentioned that AI enhances his products and services, accelerates his educational mission through the Fuse School, and streamlines internal processes such as data analysis for sales and marketing trends.Steve identifies three key areas where AI accelerates learning: breaking down language barriers, facilitating quick access to relevant information, and enabling hyper-personalization. He envisions a learning model where AI provides foundational knowledge and continuously feeds relevant content to learners, ensuring better retention and application.Steve categorizes AI’s role into seven main buckets: Removing Language Barriers: AI eliminates language obstacles and enables instant localization of content.Quick Answers: AI assists in finding everyday solutions to job-related queries.Content Creation: AI aids in generating relevant and engaging content.Recommendations: AI offers personalized recommendations for career development and growth.Teaching/Coaching: AI serves as a teacher or coach, tailoring content to improve engagement and retention.Task Automation: AI automates tasks, simplifying processes and boosting productivity.Data Interpretation: AI analyses complex data, empowering decision-making without requiring specialized expertise. Steve’s insights emphasize the transformative potential of AI in learning and beyond. He envisions a future where AI-driven personalization and efficiency redefine how we learn, work, and make informed decisions. Like it, love it, or fear it, AI is here and it’s changing the world as we know it. It’s part of our lives and will part of our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives and so on. The pace of development is lightning fast, the potential unimaginable. In the business and learning worlds it’s opening up new opportunity almost weekly. Exciting times!Learn more about the work Steve does at FUSE Universal and FUSE School   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do.   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Introducing Change Questions
13-08-2023
Introducing Change Questions
Today we meet Dr. Lynn Kelley, an esteemed professional whose illustrious career spans leadership roles in engineering, supply chain management, and continuous improvement across diverse global industries. Notably, she retired as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement at Union Pacific Railroad, and now serves as a Senior Advisor to BBH Capital Partners, guiding their investment endeavours. Prior to her tenure at Union Pacific, Lynn held influential positions, including Vice President of Operational Excellence at Textron, where she earned a seat at the executive leadership table. Additionally, she was the visionary force behind Union Pacific's innovation program, driving transformative thinking within the organization. Lynn's academic brilliance shines through her teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate statistics courses, bolstered by her PhD in evaluation and research. Before venturing into academia, she excelled in executive roles, such as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Doctors Hospital in Detroit. Throughout her extraordinary career, Lynn has been a masterful guide in Change Management initiatives. But beyond her executive accomplishments, Lynn captivates audiences as a seasoned keynote speaker and esteemed author. Her latest book, "Change Questions," was co-authored with John Shook. In this episode, we have the privilege of hearing all about this game-changing book, accompanied by a downloadable Digital Workbook that empowers readers to embark on transformative Change Management activities. With her wealth of experience and innovative strategies, Dr. Lynn Kelley continues to inspire and empower individuals and organizations alike, solidifying her position as an influential figure in the world of Change Management. This episode promises to provide deep insights into Lynn's remarkable journey and her ground-breaking book, "Change Questions."   Key Takeaways: 1. Research varies but it’s a safe bet that the probability of the implementation of change being a success is 30-40%. The entire purpose of the change questions book is about increasing that probability.  2. The Change Questions book aims to increase the probability of successful change implementation based on a Union Pacific case study. It offers 11 flexible questions to consider before implementing change, with the goal of achieving sustained success defined as 6 consecutive months of meeting or surpassing the point of implementation within a 12-month period. 3. The book encourages a fluid approach, allowing readers to choose relevant ideas and take ownership of the change process. To support implementation, a digital workbook is available for free on www.changequestions.net, providing additional information. 4. Lynn emphasised the value of learning from failure. Planning for failure with mitigating actions and encouraging adapting and overcoming challenges to make progress is worth its weight in gold. Data-driven decision-making and a focus on language that fosters ownership are highlighted throughout Lynn’s words today.  5. Language use is so powerful. Process owners are replaced by ‘Sustainers’ who are mentored and coached during implementation. As change continues to post-implementation, mentors’ step back, and project closure becomes ‘Project Transition’. If issues arise, mentors return to offer support.  6. The Change Questions book target audience includes board members, CEOs, change agents, individuals involved in change initiatives, and students. The approach blends elements of the change curve, emphasizing the importance of engaging middle-of-the-road or neutral groups to ensure success. 7. The selection of pilot sites is based on change agents rather than location, ensuring ample support and publicity for successful transitions. Lynn’s example involves seeking volunteers through a call to arms, empowering individuals to make their own choices. Rather than change being imposed upon them.  8. Change is acknowledged to take time to embed, and continuous improvement initiatives may require patience, but the rewards are well worth the effort. The book advocates a long-term perspective, emphasizing the correlation between continuous improvement and performance.   Learn more about Dr. Lynn Kelley via her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynnkelleychange/ You can order a copy of 'Change Questions' on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Change-Questions-Playbook-Effective-Organizational/dp/098908129X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1707319996&sr=8-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=eversolean-21&linkCode=ur2&linkId=dd4c249eeb4d45b542b1c997550287b7&camp=1634&creative=6738 Or download the accompanying 'Digital Workbook' at https://www.changequestions.net/   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do.   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Formula One: Pursuit of Perfection
31-07-2023
Formula One: Pursuit of Perfection
Welcome to the Ever-So-Lean Podcast, where in this episode we embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of Formula One, a sport that thrives on continuous improvement and Lean principles. In this high-speed environment, competition and regulations are at an all-time high, making efficiency paramount. Formula One teams operate under cost capping measures and by embracing Lean principles, they optimize operations, streamline processes, and allocate resources wisely, leaving no room for waste. Every action is focused on maximizing performance, making even the smallest enhancement count. The agility and adaptability demanded by this sport are nothing short of crucial. With the landscape constantly evolving, Lean principles equip teams to respond quickly to changing circumstances, whether it's adjusting strategies during a race or adapting to new regulations. By integrating Lean into their DNA, teams maintain a competitive edge and stay ahead of the game. Safety and reliability are non-negotiable in Formula One, and here too, Lean plays a vital role. Proactive risk management ensures the well-being of drivers and crew members, while error prevention techniques enhance overall reliability and performance. Lean methodologies provide the framework for a robust safety culture that keeps everyone involved protected. At the heart of Formula One lies innovation and technological advancements. Lean fosters a culture of innovation by encouraging teams to push boundaries, explore new ideas, and leverage cutting-edge technologies. It's a breeding ground for ground-breaking developments that shape the future of the sport. In this fast-paced world, teamwork is the bedrock of success, and Lean principles enhance collaboration and communication. The seamless coordination of the pit crew during a high-pressure pitstop exemplifies the power of Lean teamwork. Every member understands their role, communicates effectively, and trusts their teammates, leading to lightning-fast pitstops that can make all the difference in a race. Our guest today, Mark Gallagher, is a legendary figure in Formula One with over three decades of experience. He has held senior roles in prestigious teams, shaped the regulatory environment, and been at the forefront of technological advancements. As an author, his insightful books provide valuable perspectives on the sport and its management. Through his media work, public speaking engagements, and industry analysis, Mark continues to shape the landscape of Formula One, further solidifying his status as a respected industry analyst and sought-after speaker. With Mark's guidance, we will learn valuable lessons from this pulse racing sport, that you can apply in your organisation. Key Takeaways: CI in Formula One is commonly an organic way of working. Most engineers do not have a physical education in Lean or alike. It’s ingrained in the way they work. It’s the way they do things.All the teams work in a similar way, from the top performing to the least competitive. It’s the way things are done. Agility is critical, it allows empowerment and speeds up decision making. Heavily based on data. Learning from failure. Define the value of what you want to achieve. What does the customer need? Benchmarking against the competition is an important aspect to help drive innovation and improve performance. There no room to hide, results are published publicly. The overall objective is to win the race. But even after facing obstacles, the path to the target condition is adapted and broken down into bite sized, measurable milestones that are all driven by data led decisions. Obstacles are not taken as a negative. They are flipped into an opportunity to gather data and learn. Better equipping the team for the future. This is a remarkable process and minds set, and can easily be transfer into everyday operations in your organisation.Curiously to continuously improve drive innovation and upgrades. Mark painted us a great picture of an environment where even when things are going well, and races are being won. Formula One teams do not sit still. They are continuously using data to evaluate performance in every area. Persistently looking for opportunities to improve. This inference comes incrementally through updates to the car. But it never stops, the hunger, the drive and curiosity to reach perfection. Formula One is a process driven industry. To enable such high levels of performance, and extraordinary curiosity to continuously improve. Process and mechanisms are the critical vessel to enable this to happen. Without this, the ability to develop at such a pace, improve and go again just wouldn’t be possible. They are not only monitoring data and studying their own performance. They are constantly monitoring what the opposition team are doing. What upgrades have they made. What impact has it made? Always looking for learnings that help drive performance improvement. Formula One has embraced analytics to enable them to manage risk, improve safety and performance. Ownership across each and every single person is remarkable! Everyone knows their role, how it contributes to the overall objective and as a collective, without exception everyone is working towards that North Star. This isn’t by luck. These are well trained people, supported with engrained standard work and mechanisms which are the framework for innovation and ultimate success. The halo is a fantastic example of a focus on risk management to improve safety (the halo is a safety device introduced to protect the drivers’ heads from potential impacts). Developed based on data, and the results speak for themselves. AI and simulation play a massive part in modern F1. Teams have dedicated drivers to Simulator racing. Dedicated to using a virtual world to test new developments. Increasing the pace of design to conception. Reducing costs of manufacturing potential upgrades that fail. Simulating race scenarios thousands of times l, data which is used to develop race strategies. A fabulous example of the modern world blending seamlessly with human beings to do things better.   Learn more about the work Mark does, and enquire about keynote opportunities from an inspiring line-up at https://performanceinsights.co.uk/ You can order a copy of Mark's latest book 'The Future Business Formula' on Amazon via https://www.amazon.co.uk/Future-Business-Formula-accelerate-business/dp/178133790X   Want to experience a serious SIM racing experience? Check out SIM Motorsport - Awesome!   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk Visit the BQF to learn more about the wonderful work they do.   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!
Introducing Business Agility
17-07-2023
Introducing Business Agility
In this episode we're onto Business Agility and its transformative power in organisations. Join Matt and special guest, James Dwan, the CEO of Catalyst Consulting. James is a seasoned expert in Business Transformation, well-versed in Agile frameworks, Systems Thinking, Strategy Deployment, Digital transformation) and Lean Six Sigma. Throughout his career, James has successfully implemented innovative business transformations, combining the power of Lean and Agile methodologies, earning praise from esteemed clients such as The London Stock Exchange, UKRI, Elavon, and Essex County Council. With his wealth of experience, James shares his valuable insights on Agile techniques, shedding light on the benefits and practical applications of Business Agility at both the team and organisational level. Agile, a new contender in the world of Continuous Improvement methodologies, is making waves beyond its origins in the software industry. Just as Lean transcended automotive and factory settings, Agile is now taking the world by storm. What sets Agile apart is its iterative and collaborative problem-solving approach, breaking down complex adaptive problems into smaller increments and fostering continuous learning and adaptation through rapid feedback. Elements that in this episode James helps us to really understand. While commonly associated with software development, Agile's versatility extends far beyond that domain. Agile approaches like Scrum or Kanban can effectively manage and track improvement projects in various business initiatives. Today, we dive deep into the realm of Agility, exploring its origins, unique characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, and practical uses. By delving into the foundations of Agile and understanding its distinguishing features, this episode aims to equip you with an entry-level understanding of the value Business Agility can bring to your organisation. James's expertise will provide valuable insights and first hand experiences, allowing you to grasp the benefits of Agility and how it can be effectively applied in your own workplace.   Key Takeaways: It’s about making it enjoyable. Creating an environment where people are empowered to make change and challenge the status quo. Creating passion for change within your organisation. Creating that joy of discovery just can’t be bought. It’s imperative to a healthly organisation.Agile is about getting value to a customer.  Its framework is a set of values, principles, and practices that guide the implementation of Agile frameworks like Scrum and Kanban. It emphasizes cross-functional teams, iterative development, and continuous improvement. Key components include a product backlog, fixed-time sprints/iterations, daily stand-up meetings, sprint review and retrospective sessions, and a focus on delivering value and adapting to change. Agile fosters collaboration, customer involvement, and flexibility in software development and project management processes.Agile gets into the physiology of human beings. James introduced us to HPPOs  (Highest Paid Persons Opinion). Although the term may be new, you may recognise the behaviours of a HPPO culture. Basically do as you are told. In an agile culture, you are aloud to be wrong, in fact you might say it’s encouraged. It’s about learning fast, asking questions like what is the earliest we can run an experiment to check if customers would like that information r care about it? Creating an environment of physiological safety is an absolute must. Pivot from bad to good ideas. Run experiments, if it doesn’t work and is going in the wrong direction, stop and try something else. James shared a great idea where bad ideas being laid to rest are celebrated in a ‘funeral party’. Such a great idea! Let’s prove it’s a bad idea before we progress. If we can’t prove it’s a bad idea then we know that we have a good bet that we should progress and explore further. Getting the right leadership behaviours are a tiger in the tank. Meaning that these behaviours will have the effect of a strong, energetic presence that can give your organisation a competitive edge. Get these right and good things will follow. People are going to learn new skills, it’s takes time to establish a culture of business agility. But the outputs of getting this right is positive in so many ways, in all industries. Agile is a play to win way of thinking. It’s about using feedback, learning and adapting.  It enables organizations to become more adaptable, innovative, customer-focused, collaborative, and continuously improving, thereby increasing your chances of long-term success in a rapidly changing business landscape.What is Scrum? It’s a common question. James described it well when he said It’s a flavour of Agile ways of working. Scrum is just one example of an Agile framework for managing complex projects and product development. It involves three roles: Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team. Projects are divided into fixed-duration sprints, typically two to four weeks long. The Product Backlog prioritizes the work to be done, and the team selects items for each sprint during the sprint planning meeting. Daily Scrum meetings synchronize the team's work, while the sprint review showcases completed work to stakeholders. The sprint retrospective allows the team to reflect on the process and identify improvements. Scrum promotes collaboration, adaptability, and continuous improvement in delivering value incrementally.When it comes to Agility, the Cynefin framework can be used to guide decision-making and adaptability. Agile organizations often leverage the framework to identify which context a problem or situation falls into and determine the most suitable approach. Agile practices, such as iterative development, feedback loops, and continuous learning, align well with the complex and chaotic contexts of the Cynefin framework. By embracing agility, organizations can respond effectively to complex and uncertain situations, experiment with different approaches, and adapt their strategies based on feedback and learning. (Link in show notes) Celebrate learning. It’s not a personal journey, it’s an organisational journey. Target destination is organisational agility. Try to avoid creating new Metrics to measure agile transformation impact. Use your standard organisation metrics and thought human behaviour. The two go hand in hand. The two drive sustained culture.   To find out more about the certifications available with Catalyst Consulting Ltd, visit www.catalystconsulting.co.uk The three that James referred to specifically today were: Agile Fundamentals - www.catalystconsulting.co.uk/icagile-agile-fundamentals/ Business Agility - www.catalystconsulting.co.uk/icagile-business-agility-foundations/ Business Black Belt Programme - www.lean-six-sigma.training/business-black-belt   Additional Reading: The Cynefin Framework - www.thecynefin.co/about-us/about-cynefin-framework/ The New New Product Development Game - www.hbr.org/1986/01/the-new-new-product-development-game   Enrol in the Online Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata Basics Course. The only Kata training created by Jeffrey K. Liker and Mike Rother!   Find out more about the Ever-So-Lean Podcast at www.eversolean.com   Please don't forget to show your support and help the Ever-So-Lean Podcast thrive by taking a moment to rate and review it, your feedback matters!