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2 Second Lean / Japan Experience
On April 1st, 2019 we began our Lean journey at my company, Sticky RX Refinishing Solutions. Paul Akers has been my Lean Coach for now over 1 year. The transformation is nothing short of amazing and in some ways unbelievable. This June I will be in business 23 years and the last year has been the best of all, and I don’t mean from a financial stand point, I mean from a culture stand point.
The morale at my company wasn't the best. I know now that I had been managing chaos and today, I'm no longer a manager, I'm a leader. This would have never happened without Paul's guidance.
The academics of Lean and TPS are extremely valuable but if you don't understand the Japanese culture you will miss the most important element: Lean is the byproduct of the Japanese culture. No one on this planet teaches this concept better than Paul Akers.
Paul is a dear friend to me and we communicate daily. He has single handedly changed my life, the life of my employees and my company in an incredibly positive way. I can now proudly say, everything is better and the morale is extraordinary - my entire team loves to come to work and they perform at a level I did not think was possible.
Lastly, I was fortunate to join Paul on Team 31 (November 2019) of the Japan Study Mission (now called Japan Experience). This trip is mind-blowing. It transformed my life and it's so good that I will be going again and bringing a team member each time I go.
You are incredible, Dave!
Highly motivation life changer
It doesn't matter if it's an office, your car, home a whole company you can apply lean to everything you do or own, thank you Paul for your inspirational videos and for sharing good ideas with everyone. Sending good vibes!
You're welcome, Jesica!
We started our lean journey a couple years ago - and the team took to it so well it is in our DNA- so much so we don’t even talk about any more - we don’t make videos as most of our changes are in paper processes so not that photogenic- so we have a lean bell that we ring- but we moved to a new office and haven’t mounted it yet.
One our new hires basically described the 2 second lean process to me in a staff check in and that’s what he likes about our office (there has been no mention of lean since he was hired- yikes) - I was happy on one hand because we have made the shift in culture but it was a wake up call to get back on the lean machine.
We double our business every year without adding staff - in fact we have less to do as time goes on -
Many thanks for your help!
Thank you for changing MY life!
Paul, thank you for changing MY life by providing me the thought process to change OTHER people’s lives.
This trip delivers!
The Japan Study Mission trip delivers! I wanted a Gemba into the philosophy and culture that could support lean. I did not want to let my people down by being another failed lean project and I believe I now have the support needed for a successful transformation. Education plus experience plus exposure to other lean thinkers is priceless!
I am near speechless
I am near speechless at the conclusion of my Japan Study Mission. The entire trip was packed with learning and exposure to amazing and new things. Paul’s commitment to constant improvement is not only evident in the quality of this trip but happens directly in front of you. He provides an amazing and dynamic example of exactly those things which this trip is meant to convey. - Thank you, Paul and Mami San!
The Japan Study Mission was an amazing experience that immersed me in the culture of Japan, its people as well as a wide range of businesses. These visits give great insight into TPS and lean and are fantastic for visual learners. An incredible experience with the amazing Paul & Mami san. Would recommend to anyone interested in LEAN and wanting to improve their business and life.
The Japan Study Mission was a fantastic, inspiring experience overall! My favorite was really seeing the variety and contrasts of approaches to seeing the application of the same principles. I loved the reflections on the bus and hearing everyone’s takeaways. At the very top was Daihatsu and Lexus and seeing high quality at opposite ends of the price range. Very different from the low cost means cheap from an American perspective. The cultural details that were consistently demonstrated and pointed out throughout every day, mottainai and omote Nashi, kept my mind focused and aware long enough to make a lasting difference. My brain can’t possibly shrink all the way back. The addition of Ken Mogi was a wonderful surprise but only because it was couched in an overall amazing week. Really, if I were to remove anything other than the TOTO tour, it would diminish the overall experience. It was a particularly meaningful life experience. Thank you for this gift! I promise to repay it by making a bigger difference in the lives of those I have an opportunity to influence for good.
The learning to be had is infinite
The second time was just as impactful as the first. The learning to be had is infinite. The learning from Paul , Japanese culture, coworkers and tour companions created so many impactful moments and thoughts. I’ll be back.
perfectly choreographed dance
A perfectly choreographed dance through a lean journey