Episode 73 – Paul Dunlop | Lean, Leadership and LEGO!

In this episode I chat with Paul Dunlop, who works with organizations to implement change and improvement through lean thinking and methodologies.

Paul brings with him over 20 years of management and manufacturing experience in a broad range of industries, and provides a holistic approach with the pillars of People, Process, Play and Profit.  He’s passionate about the importance of engaging people at the frontlines of organizations and developing servant leaders to facilitate cultures of learning and improvement (i.e. nice places to come to work!).

We discuss the three L’s – Lean, Leadership and LEGO! Paul talks us through why he’s the ‘chaos to calm’ guy in the eyes of his clients, how implementing change is always incremental, and why decluttering your business allows you to see where improvements need to be made.

Key highlights include:

  • Where can you tighten up your processes so you have time and space to think above the day-to-day tasks.
  • Lean is a way of thinking. It’s about ownership and empowerment.
  • Culture and performance is always a reflection of leadership.
  • Implementing change (that sticks!) in organisations is a lot like losing weight. You need to build the structure, the habits and the daily routines, to see the long term changes.

To connect further with Paul, you can find him on LinkedIn.

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