Everybody Matters Podcast: Our Lean Journey

To many companies, Toyota’s well-known Lean methodology is simply about waste elimination. They adopt Lean processes to improve performance by reducing waste and redundancies.

They want to make a company “lean and mean.” Unfortunately, in some companies that phrase is quite literal. In many instances, Lean becomes more about numbers on a page than people. People sometimes become the waste that Lean eliminates.

I talk about Barry-Wehmiller’s Lean journey in Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family. On this week’s Everybody Matters podcast, we take a look at how our approach to Lean puts people at the center to make it about eliminating frustration, not waste.

Our Lean journey began with caring about people, not numbers.


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Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

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