Steve Spear on Learning with Paul O’Neill and “Yay Science”

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Episode Synopsis:

Welcome to Episode #13 of Habitual Excellence, presented by Value Capture.

Joining us today is Steven J. Spear, a Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. His book, The High Velocity Edge, has won the Philip Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2011. Spear has a doctorate from Harvard Business School, a master’s in engineering and in management from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton. He's also the creator of See to Solve and is principal in his firm HVELLC.

Today, host Mark Graban talks to Steve about his experiences working with, and learning from, Paul O'Neill during his time as CEO at Alcoa. Steve connects important dots between organizations like Toyota, the U.S. Navy, Alcoa, and healthcare organizations that are seeking habitual excellence. How can we learn and evolve rapidly in this era of Covid-19? They talk about this and more, in an episode that was recorded in mid May.

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Upcoming Episodes:

In future episodes, you'll hear discussions with guests including:

  • Patrick Anderson, CEO of Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP)
  • Jose Bustillo, client advisor with Value Capture
  • Ken Snyder, executive director of the Shingo Institute
  • Paul Pejsa, director at Catalysis
  • More interviews and discussions, coming every week


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