The Construction Leading Edge Podcast

The Vietnam war, and one commanding officer in particular, had a great influence on Greg Howell, one of the founding fathers of Lean Construction.


What you'll get out of this construction podcast episode:

  • How the Lean Construction movement got started.
  • Greg's experience as a Navy SeaBee, and how that influenced Lean.
  • The impact of one commanding officer's leadership style, and how it changed Greg's approach to leadership.
  • The books he recommends that you read
  • A few paradigm shifts that construction leaders need to make.
  • The difference between an order and a promise.
  • One unexpected benefit of Lean principles that he can't quite explain yet.
  • Why he only gave a few orders as a commanding officer in Vietnam...and one of them involved a monkey.

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Direct download: 153_153_Greg_Howell_Lean_Construction.mp3
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