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Lean Leadership For Ops Managers

Leader Standard Work Gone Wrong | 030

Leader Standard Work Gone Wrong | 030

We were really proud of the leader standard work “program” we collectively built. And then . . . it completely flopped. Hear this real-life practical example of how NOT to implement leader standard work. The best part is, the mistakes I’m sharing today were made by yours truly.

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Getting Tasks Done When You Just Don’t Feel Like It | 028

Getting Tasks Done When You Just Don’t Feel Like It | 028

Have you ever had the professional equivalent of a Toddler Temper Tantrum in the Toy Aisle of Target? You planned to do a specific set of tasks. You blocked off time on your calendar. Yet when the time comes, you want to do anything but. You procrastinate. You avoid. You distract yourself. So how do you follow-through and get tasks done when what you really want to do is throw a temper tantrum?

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Give Your Leaders “More” Time | 027

Give Your Leaders “More” Time | 027

It’s common for leaders to not have enough time for it all. Which means leaders have to make choices every day in how they will spend their time. How do senior leaders mpact how effectively and how aligned those choices are made? Learn 3 ways we’re sabotaging our leaders’ abilities to manage and prioritize their time.

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Applying Improvement Kata to the Leadership Problem: “I Don’t Have Time” | 026

Applying Improvement Kata to the Leadership Problem: “I Don’t Have Time” | 026

You want to spend time developing people. You want to spend time in proactive improvement. But, you just don’t have enough time. There’s just too much to do as it is. You just can’t get ahead – something always seems to happen. Let’s talk about how you can apply Improvement Kata or other systematic problem solving to this Leadership challenge.

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Create More Time for Lean | 025

Create More Time for Lean | 025

You KNOW you’re not spending enough of your time how it counts. You WANT to get more of the right things done. But you’re screaming inside your head: I just don’t have enough time. I’m already working long hours. I’m already behind on my tasks. I already have deliverables that are late.

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Learning from the Unexpected: Lessons From Podcasting | 023

Learning from the Unexpected: Lessons From Podcasting | 023

You know how sometimes you start something with certain expectations . . . and then you find that your biggest lessons (and your biggest wins) actually come from something different than you expected? This podcast journey has been that way to me. Raise your hand if you can relate! In this episode I hope that hearing about my wins and gains from podcasting will help you as you’re reflecting, planning, and dreaming for the new year.

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Intentional Leadership with Katie Anderson | 021

Intentional Leadership with Katie Anderson | 021

We throw around the phrase “set intention” quite a bit, but what does that really mean? How is intention different from goals? And how can we use both intention and goals together? We’ll tackle these questions in this conversation with my friend Katie Anderson, author of Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn.

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Gratitude – Thinking to Acting | 016

Gratitude – Thinking to Acting | 016

So often, our natural state is to see the problems. To see what’s not working. To see the negative stuff that needs to be corrected. It’s normal because in our management roles, we have a responsibility to right the wrong and to improve. This episode dives into how we can use the thought process of gratitude as well as the action of gratitude to help us show up better and make people’s days.

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Don’t Succumb to Command & Control | 014

Don’t Succumb to Command & Control | 014

Today we’ll dive deeper into The 5 Leadership Interactions that collectively build your relationships with team members. When we create awareness of our interactions, then we can better understand our current state and then purposefully choose how we want to interact with team members.

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What is Lean Leadership? | 013

What is Lean Leadership? | 013

What is Lean Leadership? It’s kind of an elusive, not really defined thing. I mean, we use the term and put people through Lean leadership training . . . but what is it. I’ll share what Lean means to me and then share my 3-part definition of leadership. These three pieces help me stay grounded and actually drive how I engage leaders in their development.

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Applying 2020’s Lessons to Build Organizational Agility | Bonus Oct 2020

Applying 2020’s Lessons to Build Organizational Agility | Bonus Oct 2020

2020 reminded us of our need for organizational agility. Lean provides a roadmap for us to get there, building the learning organization that can navigate in unchartered territory and innovate to sustain a competitive edge. But too often, our Lean efforts stall out. In this Bonus Episode, you’ll learn my VALUE model to build the strong foundation needed for organizational agility.

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Your Lean Management Foundation – A Conversation with Ron Pereira | 012

Your Lean Management Foundation – A Conversation with Ron Pereira | 012

Join me for a special conversation with Ron Pereira, co-founder of Gemba Academy. We both get pumped up as Ron shares his advice for Ops Managers on building your Lean management foundation. You’ll learn about four routines that work together systematically to help you change the way you’re managing your operations so that you and your team can make work easier, better, and faster.

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Top Mistake Ops Leaders Make with Lean | 010

Top Mistake Ops Leaders Make with Lean | 010

This week, it’s time for you ops leaders and I to have a heart to heart on what I think is one of the top mistakes that ops managers make when they decide to use Lean thinking and working in their operation and leadership. Listen in whether you’ve been practicing for years or are just getting started.

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Ask Jamie – Recognition Questions | 008

Ask Jamie – Recognition Questions | 008

Hear answers to listener questions about this model of recognition and how to integrate it into your team and your daily work habits. We’ll explore topics like watering-down the recognition, getting stuck on the 4-part formula, integrating reinforcing feedback into other recognition efforts, and what should be recognized.

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The Penny Trick to Recognition Habits | 006

The Penny Trick to Recognition Habits | 006

For at least a decade, I was a manager that brought to life the sentiment: “I do 10 things wrong and never hear a word. I do one thing right and never hear the end of it.” In Episode 6, I share the tricks I tried (and failed) to trigger giving recognition to my team. And the main root cause I was missing.

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The Problem with Recognition | 005

The Problem with Recognition | 005

Every team member wants to be recognized for their contributions. But have you ever stopped to think about how your “Good job, bud!” could actually be negatively affecting the team? Let’s talk about the problem with recognition, common mistakes, and a more effective technique.

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Be Obsessed | 004

Be Obsessed | 004

Obsession fuels leadership. You can implement the same energy and excitement you might have for rock climbing or watching Real Housewives into your leadership role on the job. This week we’ll explore how to apply that same curiosity to the Transformation Trinity and your Lean journey.

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Getting Lean to Stick | 003

Getting Lean to Stick | 003

Sometimes we get the great idea to try something new, and then find ourselves lost and discouraged when it doesn’t take hold. I get it, we’ve all been there. In this episode, we’ll expand on the Transformation Trinity model and learn how beliefs, behaviors, and systems are the key to lasting change for your team.

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Why is Lean so Hard | 002

Why is Lean so Hard | 002

Ever implemented a Lean system or tool but didn’t achieve the adoption, execution, and impact you were expecting? Maybe things were great at the beginning, but over time execution waned and the system wasn’t used effectively and consistently? Frustrating, right!

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Respect People vs. Deliver Results | 001

Respect People vs. Deliver Results | 001

“I want to lead with Respect for People and engage the team in Continuous Improvement, but at the end of the day we’ve got a job to do.” Have you ever found yourself thinking something like this? There is a way to empower team members AND improve your operation. You don’t have to choose.

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Lean Leadership for Ops Managers is a podcast for leaders in Ops Management who’ve had some targeted success with Lean, but haven’t yet built the everybody-everywhere-everyday improvement culture they crave.

If you wish the team could focus on proactive, systematic problem solving, but instead your team keeps coming to you for all the answers . . .

If you want to use Respect for People and People-Centric Leadership, but feel more pressure to get the work out and hit your numbers . . .

If you’ve read books and attended workshops about Lean, but can’t quite achieve the team member engagement and sustained improvement you want . . .

This is the podcast for you. In each episode, former Fortune 100 Ops Executive and Lean Enthusiast Jamie V. Parker will teach you how to engage your team, develop a Lean culture, and still get your day job done.

You can have Respect for People AND Continuous Improvement AND High Performance. You don’t have to choose.