GA 258 | Creating a Common Meaning with Billy Taylor – Gemba Academy

This week’s guest is Billy Taylor. Billy is a Senior Operations Executive at Goodyear and is known worldwide for his work in operational excellence. Also famous for his storytelling abilities, Billy shared some truly powerful anecdotes with us. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • A quote that inspires Billy (1:56)
  • Billy’s background (3:07)
  • Some powerful anecdotes (5:01)
  • Why Billy handed out jerseys (11:43)
  • How the facility did after he left (14:09)
  • Working in a union environment (14:30)
  • Leadership as it relates to parenthood (20:52)
  • Billy’s thoughts on kata (23:58)
  • What Billy would tell his younger self (25:29)

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