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Can't stop watching your videos
I want to thank you! I discovered your videos recently and can’t stop watching them (so many!). I resonate so much with Lean methodology and your approach to things. It makes so much sense to me and I find it very inspiring. To see a person and a company doing things excellently is rare in this culture.
I have really taken to heart something you have said; You can’t change anyone else, so get busy changing yourself (I am paraphrasing). So, I am rebuilding everything in my life right now. I am 53 and am just now committing to being in excellent health and fitness. I lost 15 lbs., and am working on another 15. I am a carpenter but I've hit a wall of frustration, constantly hunting for tools and redoing work that isn't excellent. I need to be so much more organized so I don't go insane.
To this end, I am rebuilding all my tool boxes, work vehicle and even my living environment with Lean methods. I have always thought of myself as an innovator but am totally humbled by watching your videos and listening to your books. They truly are a template for learning how to be efficient and clear.
The American Innovator-Lean:The most important thing
Paul, I started watching your videos about two years ago. I started making one improvement every day at work. I work for a world wide company and am living in Australia. The company I work for follows lean principles but we are only given basic understanding. I started watching your videos and I was inspired by your energy. In 2016 I was nominated employee of the month and also employee of the year for my country. I am travelling to New Zealand next month as part of the prize. Although I first heard of Lean at work - your videos truly inspired me. I would like to thank you personally for changing my life and I hope to meet you one day.
Response: Thank you Julie for your kind words. You made my day. I would love to meet you, too. I travel all over the world and was recently in Australia and New Zealand! I'm sure I'll be back. Follow my Speaking Events (under the Speaking tab) to find out when.
Love your work!
Love your work! It's made a world of a difference in my Personal and Professional life. I now get 8 hours of normal days workload performed in 41% of the time and use the remaining time to perform more 2SL improvements.
My own lean journey
I just want to quickly tell you that I have started my own lean journey. I am very excited about this process and your videos and books have provided me so much motivation and encouragement that I want to say sincerely thank you!
Beginning of this month- I had been watching your videos for years and could never get of my but and get it going. Well on march 1st I went for it. Today I am all in. We starting with our lean journey at my shop and also have been doing lean health. I have lost 7 lbs in two weeks and am pumped about it. Also I LOVE GOOD FOOD! I would have never though that but I do, and im LOVING IT!
I have to go and 5s My desk now! Talk to you later
Thank you, your a inspiration and you have done something amazing! CONGRATULATIONS
Response: Hi Joe, I am so encouraged by this email. I have to tell you I get many of them about people starting their lean journey and improving the quality of their company, but honestly I get most excited when I hear people tell me about their health transformation. Most people have no idea the pain they are putting themselves through by being not fit, I say in my book we have self deceived ourselves. we have come to tolerate being 20 40 60 pounds overweight as normal. I did this for 55 years of my life and now that I have Exceptional health I have never been happier and more successful than I am today. I attribute my escalation in success to my profound health transformation. it is more important than most people could ever believe.
Please keep me posted concerning your ongoing success in both lean and lean health I am very interested!
I've been mainlining your stuff
I've been mainlining your stuff for the last four days. I discovered your Lean material late Thursday of last week. I'm a hobbyist woodworker and already own several of your products, just didn't know about all the Lean stuff. So, Thursday evening I watched a couple FastCap product videos. Then I clicked on a couple of the Lean videos. My weekend was then shot. All my plans - dropped. [😉]
I proceeded on Friday to watch several hours of your videos, then bought the 2 Second Lean audio book from the Apple store, finished that Sunday AM, bought the ebook from Apple, finished that Sunday night, bought the audio book of Lean Health Sunday AM, finished that Sunday PM, started on 2 Second Lean audio book for the second time, then started taking detailed notes in Evernote from 2 Second Lean yesterday. I've already told my lead employee to listen to the book in addition to telling several friends that they MUST read/listen to this guy!!!!!
Like I said, mainlining Paul Akers and Lean.
I'm going to apply this across the board, at home and at work. I do have a few questions:
First: Although I totally get the power of the 2 Second concept and have already started putting it to good use, there are still a few things both at home and my office which would benefit from a Kaizen event type approach. I don't mean an all day thing as complex as you describe, but maybe a couple hours each. And there aren't too many, just 2 or 3 processes at each place I'd like to really rework from top to bottom. The videos on your site are great and may be all I need. (Haven't seen them all yet. LOVED the one with you and Megan working on the packaging for the glue. She was so cute with her enthusiasm for the process and all the little improvements.) Where can I find out more about Kaizen, some book or online seminar/video that's as pithy and succinct as your books are? I just need something simple so we can work on all of a few processes?
Second: I know enough about KanBan to be dangerous, using small signs and sign boards, but looking at the examples in your videos tells me I need to know a LOT more. Where can I find out more of the details of that subject? For example, in my mid-sized dental office, I have several hundred things to track in inventory, (hopefully to be reduced a bit soon), also, I've been using a KanBan to track tasks I've delegated to my employees, plus those I've committed to doing myself. (We call that the Action List Kanban). Where can I find out more about KanBan systems, again, something that's doesn't get too "academic", just good, practical, use-it-tomorrow kind of stuff?
Last question, about a tour: I'm not a CEO of a big factory, only having 6 employees. I've already started making before-and-after videos; getting to 50 will NOT be a problem. Can small business people such as myself qualify for the tour? Looks like I'll be able to meet all the other criteria, being as I AM the President of my PLLC and all.
Anyway, thanks for your time and all you're doing.
PS, your story in Lean Health is absolutely inspiring. I'm 61 and have felt like I needed to spend all of my life overweight and out-of-shape. Talk to me in 6-12 months about that and we'll see. I want to go from my current 244 down to 180 or so, depending on how much muscle I put back on. Like you, I'm 5'10" and until the last couple years weighed around 220. Perhaps on one of the aforementioned factory tours I'll be able to show some improvement?
PPS: I got a chuckle at the funny irony of two your home Lean examples from the first book, that of the Splenda/Cinnamon mix, and of the butter brush, though each great examples, they're about things you no longer eat. [😉]
Response: Hey Will, amazing! You had me cracking up from start to finish. Here is a link to a great Kanban video.
I should start over
I royally screwed up. I've been preparing for a lean topic for over a month now, I'm speaking at a national trade association conference called Metal Fab. It's a NOMMA event. (National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association) It's for metalworkers all over the nation. Two of the board members asked me to speak based on their knowlege of my company. They assigned the topic as: Optimizing your shop to run lean - Know your equipment needs and optimize production, know the expected ROI on equipment, staff and space and get your employees in the mindset of efficiency.
Here's how I screwed up. I ordered a bunch of books on lean on my Kindle. Your 2 second lean was in the batch and I didn't get a chance to read it. I just now watched an hour and a half seminar of yours on Youtube. I'm a practical guy, and so your practical lean concepts and culture building methods scream at my soul. I'm devastated that I spent all this time without simply focusing on 2 second lean concepts. I think most other lean books are a total waste of time. Now I wish there was a way I could scrap a lot of what I have and simply start over with a good presentation showing some of the youtube lean video examples and the concepts from your book. I have no idea where the copyright rules are on doing a presentation like that. I will definitely be heavily promoting your book, and also applying it throughout my company.
Right now there are 78 people registered to be in my class in San Antonio Texas this coming Thursday morning at 8:00 to 9:30. Man, I feel like a total idiot right now. I should start over. Do you have any resources to efficiently help me through this presentation? Things I could implement? I have a page and a half of notes, just from the video I watched.
I found your videos the most simple and inspiring
Dear Mr. Paul,
After I watched your Japan tour video invitation, I couldn't miss this opportunity and not apply to be your guest on this trip. To be in Japan and see the company, one that changes the world I consider this trip a one in a lifetime experience. Your previous Japan tours inspired me to look at the possibility of going to Japan and learning about lean thinking from the best but going there as your guest will make it all the more interesting and valuable. I strongly believe that lean is a culture and not simply a tool and the best way to learn the culture is at the heart of its origin. I believe this trip will increase my knowledge, provide a great experience and help me in improving my life, the lives of my coworkers and my lean trainings.
Nobody anymore questions the power of lean thinking. Lean is not only part of the Kanban, Kaizen 5S, it is a life-style. As soon as you jump into it there is no way back. I started to use lean a few years ago after I found and watched your FastCap videos. Of course, I read a lot of books such as "Toyota Way", "Chasing the rabbit" to name a few but I found your videos the most simple and inspiring.
One day I observed how people at FastCap work while I waited for my order to get fulfilled. My order consisted of hundreds of items but everything was done in 15 minutes starting from moment I walked in the FastCap door until everything was completely loaded into my car. The most impressive thing I noticed that day was how calm people were. This was a great example of efficiency over speed. Since then, I looked on things around me from the different angle - a lean thinking angle.
I believe that nowadays no one thinks about lean manufacturing as something from a different world which is only used by Japanese car manufacturers. Many different companies in many different areas use lean thinking to produce their products and services. I work in a glasses production company in the software development team which is quite far from the physical product development area but as soon as I started to see waste, I tried to eliminate it in the software development process. I created several lean software development trainings for the company's teams so it could be used by everyone. With the respect to Toyota and you I provided those trainings for free.
Please consider me as your guest and let me to join you for this amazing trip to Japan. I'll be honoured if you choose me. Even if I am not qualified to be your guest for this trip I still want to use this as an opportunity to thank you for changing my life by introducing me to the lean thinking in the great, simple "2 Second Lean" way.
This is the link to video.
Ordered and read 2 second lean on Sunday. Awesome book. Had our first meeting yesterday. Lot's of crossed arms and rolled eyes. Was a little worried last night when I left and wrote as much in my journal.
But today went a lot better. I think we'll be killing it in a couple of months. #8 on your Muda list was the key I needed to pay attention to.
And your rolling desk inspired me. Check this out!
Should be rolling all over the place by tomorrow.
Also ordered a bunch of castors as well. Everything is going on wheels.
Next project is the bathroom. Our guys theme for this is we are going to "3S the Shit Out of the Bathroom".
Thanks for making lean fun! I'm a true fan of you, your company and your work.
Thank you for the kickstart in the right direction! I just finished your book 2 Second Lean, for the second time. I got stuck at trying to have everything perfect (like your video recording); now I'm just doing it!
Can't wait to hear you read Lean Travel! You're off script comments and enthusiasm are such an added bonus!
Response: Thanks so much Ian! Keep me posted on your progress!
Thank you for all of your inspiration
Hope you had a great Christmas, as 2016 draws to a end, I wanted to thank you for all of your inspiration and support this year.
This year our Lean journey had been highly rewarding but difficult at the same time, but during those difficult times we have been able to turn to your videos and those in your network of Lean manics for guidence and support.
I am really looking forward to what 2017 has in store and looking forward to catching up with you in Tasmania in March. As you will see from the attached photo i got a great package in the post today as a perfect evening to reading The Lean Turnaround - Action Guide.
Happy New Year.