NEWSLETTER / JULY 2016
Welcome to the Gemba Academy Newsletter!
Lean and Six Sigma apply to many, if not all, industries. With this in mind, we created our Gemba Academy Live! series, in which we visit organizations of all different backgrounds to learn more about their continuous improvement efforts. Be sure to check out our latest At the Gemba - Government installment, which features the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
New Videos
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Announcing Gemba Academy in Spanish!
Gemba Academy Español

We are very excited to announce Gemba Academy Español!

Beginning with the 5S course, we are moving beyond Spanish captions to videos with Spanish-speaking presenters, with all background graphics, supporting files, and quizzes also translated into Spanish.

The full 5S course in Spanish is complete and is now available, with the other School of Lean courses following later. We also expect to launch a Spanish blog and podcast later this year.

Learn about our limited time promotion for new and existing customers!

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Gemba Academy Live!

Ron and the Gemba Academy team visit the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to learn how lean and continuous improvement is being applied to government.

This 23 video series is a collaboration with the Lean Enterprise Institute and adds to our Gemba Academy Live - At the Government series of videos, that already includes over 40 videos from the State of Connecticut.

These videos are now available to our Learning Library, Learning System, and Enterprise/LMS integration customers

Remember: subscribers have access to all new content. The first video of all courses can be viewed without registration. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a Free Preview!

New Podcasts
Whether you’re on-the-go, in the office, or at home, the Gemba Academy podcast is the perfect addition to your continuous improvement journey. Our guests come from all different backgrounds and industries, so there’s really something for everyone.

Here’s a rundown of our latest episodes:
Ep 120:
How to Invest in People
Guest: Jamie Parker
Jamie Parker, a Region Manager at FedEx Office and passionate lean practitioner, gave us a detailed look at FedEx Office’s lean journey.
Ep 119:
How to Handle Skepticism
Guest: Brian Rotsaert
Brian and Ron discussed Brian’s continuous improvement journey, including his experiences with coaching and mentoring over the years.
Ep 118:
How to Use Lean and Zen to Become a Better Leader
Guest: Kevin Meyer
Kevin and Ron discussed Kevin’s new book, "The Simple Leader," in which Kevin describes his career thus far and shares a lot of valuable insight related to continuous improvement, Zen, leadership, and more.
Ep 117:
How to Stay Motivated on Your Lean Journey
Guest: Dale Crownover
CEO of Texas Nameplate, Dale is one of the keynote speakers for the upcoming AME Conference in Dallas. He and Ron had a great conversation about his experience with continuous improvement, including the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award.
New Blog Posts
A deep dive into lean theory, thoughts on leadership, ruminations on applying lean outside the box. Each week you can read something a little different on the Gemba Academy Blog!

Here are some of the most recent posts:
How Lean Organizations Control the Speed of Time
by Jon Miller
Jon explores the science behind why time seems to speed up as we get older.
Back to the Beginning with Ohno, Suzuki, and Yoda
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin describes the concept known as the "Beginner's Mind."
3 Gemba Academy Updates
by Ron Pereira
Ron breaks down some of the latest Gemba Academy news.
Don't Let the Perfect Get in the Way of the Good
by Steve Kane
Steve explains why and how our obsession with perfection can be a barrier to improvement.
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Customer Success Corner

It's often said that one learns best by teaching. This is why martial arts practice involves students with higher belts helping coach those with lower belts. The act of helping teach others implies some degree of responsibility for the learners success. This requires thought and reflection on the details of the subject matter before it can be presented. This reflection is where deeper learning happens.

Help your people learn by helping them teach. This is a foundational element of a learning organization.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Events
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
Lean Accounting & Lean Management Summit
25-26 August 2016 in San Antonio, Texas
Learn how successful companies utilize Lean Accounting principles and practices to guide themselves to significantly improved information with more profitable results. Learn how companies execute lean management practices to accelerate their learning leading them to improved business results which greatly increases their competitiveness.

For more information or to register to to laslms.leanfrontiers.com/.
AME Annual Conference
24-28 October 2016 in Dallas, Texas
The largest lean and continuous improvement conference in the world, with nine keynote speakers, 54 presentations, 40 tours, 12 special interest sessions and 40 workshops to provide you with a transformational learning experience like no other.

For more information or to register to to AME.org/Dallas.
Use promo code "DallasGemba" to receive a 10% discount!
Business Performance Excellence USA
26-28 September 2016 in San Francisco, California

No matter the size, scale or maturity of your current OpEx and change management programmes, Business Performance Excellence USA provides the ultimate guide to innovating across the enterprise and reinventing business models to achieve true performance excellence.

Business Performance Excellence USA will be back in San Francisco, California this year on September 26 – 28. The eagerly anticipated 2016 agenda is now available for you to download today! This year’s theme will be focusing on uniting Operational Excellence, Strategy, Innovation and Scalability to create truly sustainable performance excellence. BPE USA 2016 is set to be more focused, practical and engaging than ever before!

Download the Agenda here!

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