GA 097 | How to Apply Lean to the Military with Samuel Selay

GA 097 | How to Apply Lean to the Military with Samuel Selay

By Steven Bonacorsi

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Today's guest is Samuel Selay, a Continuous Improvement Manager for the United States Marines Corps. Samuel and I discuss his continuous improvement journey and some of the incredible projects he's done with the military. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

Samuel's background and how he learned about continuous improvement (3:28)
The quote that inspires Samuel (4:51)
Samuel's first impression of continuous improvement in the Marines (5:50)
What Samuel and his team measure (8:54)
What has gone wrong in the past and what Samuel has learned (11:05)
About some of Samuel's projects (17:49)
The Kaizen event Samuel held (23:20)
Samuel's plans for the future (28:04)
What "Respect for People" means to Samuel (31:32)
The best advice Samuel has ever received (33:15)
Samuel's personal productivity habit (34:40)
What has surprised Samuel in the last year (38:04)
How Samuel recharges and refocuses (40:14)
The knowledge or skill area Samuel feels he needs to improve (41:24)
About Samuel's chapter in Mark Graban's ebook (42:14)
Samuel's final words of wisdom (44:57)

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What Do You Think?
How else could continuous improvement be applied in a military or government setting?

By: Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker & Co-Founder of Gemba Academy
Posted: February 11, 2016, 10:00 am

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Steven Bonacorsi

Steven Bonacorsi is the Founder of the Lean Six Sigma Group, President of ISLSS, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Steven Bonacorsi, President at the International Standard for Lean Six Sigma (ISLSS)
- Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma Methodology.
- Expert in Kaizen event for rapid project execution.
- Certified PMP (Project Management Professional)
- Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
- Masters in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS)
- Numerous IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of Professional Business Consulting experience at the C-Level.
Executive Master Black Belt leading $ billion business transformation projects globally in multiple Industries. I am a leader who delivers results.