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Podcast: Just-In-Time Cafe, Episode 20 – How to Live Lean and Love It Every Day With Paul Akers, Author of "2 Second Lean" -

Before you put your Halloween mask on, or maybe after, join us this October at the Just-in-Time Cafe for some problem-solving treats. Our guest this week is Lean icon Paul Akers and we’ll be discussing his journey from, in his words, “not knowing what he was doing,” to becoming a very successful and very happy Lean Leader. We’ll cover an app that turns your phone into a Walkie Talkie. In Industry News we’ll highlight a story where Bosch used their own Shark Tank to select projects at their manufacturing plant and another story where a $12K drip led to almost $4 million in savings at a Texas non-profit hospital. On the Printed Page we’ll cover Paul Akers’s book, 2 Second Lean, and we’ll answer a user’s question about on-demand webinars. It’s spooky fun at the cafe – come join us!

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.