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Who the Heck is Tom Reed and Why You Should Listen to the American Lean Podcast

Tom Reed shares his background and what you can expect to learn in the American Lean Weekday podcast. He has implemented successful Lean transformations within companies in many different industries and sizes. Everything from Fortune 100 companies to family-owned businesses. Tune in daily to get free Lean coaching covering 1. Leadership 2. Culture and Intrapreneurship …

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Ep. 005: Learn How Neotech Saved $150,000 From Their First Rapid Improvement Event

One of the key elements on my American Lean Weekday podcast is the weekly interviews that I conduct with companies on their Lean Journey.  These companies are from various industries and are all different sizes.  I have interviewed leaders from family-owned businesses to multi-national organizations. NeoTech in Longmont, Colorado is a contract manufacturer that primarily …

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Ep. 004: Introduction to Industry 4.0

In this blog, I want to introduce the concept of Industry 4.0 or sometimes referred to as Smart Manufacturing.  It is called industry 4.0 because it is the fourth Industrial Revolution.  The first Industrial Revolution which started in 1784 brought about mechanization through steam and water power.  It is the first time that our lives …

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Ep. 003: Four Steps to a Successful Lean Transformation

Four steps to a Successful Lean Transformation Is your organization beginning their Lean transformation, but you don’t know where to start?  Have you been at it for years, but you appear to be stalled?  Have you recently been assigned to be your organization’s Lean Coordinator? Over the thirty years that I have been honored to …

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Ep. 002: Perfect is the Enemy of Good – Just Get Started

I am sure that at some point in your life you have heard this saying.  Perfect is the enemy of good.  That is especially true when you are beginning your Lean journey as an organization or as someone who has been tasked with driving the Lean effort within your organization.  While striving for perfection is …

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Ep. 001: The Importance of a Management System to Support Servant Leaders

The Importance of a Management System to Support Servant Leaders Servant leadership is often associated with successful lean transformations.  Much of the conversation revolves around leaders supporting those that they lead.  While many organizations think that implementing lean is deploying a known set of tools, it truly is about changing your organization’s culture and servant …

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