False Rivals: The Dilemma of the Two Leans

September 10, 2019
Hosted by Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.

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Have you noticed? There are two leans in the world today. One lean is defined as a known and knowable destination, achieved by applying a closely defined, formulaic engineering protocol that uses time as the lever. The other lean is seen the same as continuous improvement a never ending process without a hard edge, co terminous with the pursuit of perfection. Join us on Visual Workplace Radio as your host and leading expert, Gwendolyn Galsworth, presents the dilemma of two of lean two options or two rivals. First, she un nests each approach. Next she considers a third option, keenly captured in the saga of Alexander the Great and the Gordian Knot. Then, linking Alex and his solution to our day, she shares her experience with Delphi Automotive when the company set aside its own widely accepted definitions, rules, and practices to achieve a 30% increase in productivity on the shoulders of an already perfected lean production system. In a stroke Delphi defined what growth meant to it.

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Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.

Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.

Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, PhD, is president and founder of Visual Thinking Inc. and The Visual-Lean Institute(r), a training, consulting, and research firm in visual workplace technologies. Over a period of 30 years, Dr. Galsworth has codified the field of visuality into a single coherent framework of thinking and application called the 10-Doorway Model.

In 2005, Dr. Galsworth established the Visual-Lean(r) Institute where in-house and external trainers are licensed in nine core visual workplace courses.

Four of her nine courses are now available as on-line training systems (English/Spanish), with more to come. Galsworth is author of seven books, including two Shingo Prize winners: Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking and Work That Makes Sense, available from her website and Amazon.

Dr. Galsworth began in the 1980s as the head of training/development at Productivity Inc. She worked closely with Dr. Ryuji Fukuda to adapt the CEDAC(r) method for western companies, and with Dr. Shigeo Shingo to develop, among many things, poka-yoke for the West. She was principal developer of Visual Factory, TEIAN (operator-led suggestion systems), and the X-Type Matrix.

A Fellow on the Shingo Institute Faculty and former Baldrige and Shingo Examiners, Galsworth has led study missions to some of the world’s finest companies, including in Japan. Dr. Galsworth lives in New England where she happily works, hikes, and writes.

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