Paul Akers had to go to Japan to become fully immersed in Lean culture. Thanks to him, all of us need not leave our desks. To say we were excited to speak to Paul Akers and hear his story is an understatement. His Lean Journey is one of positivity and joy, albeit not with a few bumps along the road.

You really have no clue what lean is until you really start to understand, because it was 1,000x more powerful than I was practicing it.

We talked to him about his own company, FastCap, and how they have benefited from implementing Lean. Despite speaking, consulting, authoring books and so much more, we managed to ask Paul one question he said he’s never been asked before. Plus, we got the scoop on Paul’s yet-to-be-announced fourth book. This is a must listen for any entrepreneur looking to maximize efficiency and eliminate waste (which should be all of us). Listen and enjoy!

Key takeaways:

  • Lean is really about tapping into the true potential of a human being
  • Invest in habitual learning, by meeting for at least 5 minutes every day
  • Build a culture that is comfortable in giving praise to others
  • Teach people to see waste and do something to eliminate it