Paul Akers is an expert in the concept of Kaizen – the art of continuous improvement – and has since authored several works on the benefits of Lean Living, building a multi-million dollar business along the way.
Paul joins Nick today to talk about how continuous improvement can strengthen and improve your life and business, how to nurture and develop culture, productivity, efficiency and much more!
- Paul describes himself as a carpenter, as the concept of taking something raw and unrecognisable, and then transforming it into to something useful and beautiful, is one that can be applied to any pursuit; personal or business.
- Success isn’t always about money or growth. Sometimes it’s about achieving the thing you set out to do in the first place, and then honing that success into a purer form of quality.
- The formula for increasing efficiency is to recognise the many ways in which we can reduce waste and making incremental changes, using the teams at hand, so as to tighten and make lean, our systems and processes.
- Life as we live it each day, is really just a series of processes. All that Lean seeks to do is, is to look at any given process and refining away the waste. Consistent refining leads to a Lean life.
‘I’m just a curious carpenter – how do I fix this and how do I make it better?’
‘I want a quality life. I want a quality company. And I want quality people’
‘I figured out the formula, and then I started experiencing the benefit’
‘Lean believes that the greatest asset is people’
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To learn about Paul’s incredible ‘2 Second Lean Play’ app go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxB-oAsNpFI&feature=youtu.be
2 Second Lean Play iOS – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/2-second-lean-play/id1503694993
2 Second Lean Play Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.leanplay
Paul Akers LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulakers/
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Paul Akers YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA694NgEo6Oh09gnNrZ02eg
ABOUT THE GUEST
Paul Akers is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company specializing in woodworking tools and hardware for the professional builder. FastCap was started in Paul’s garage in 1997 when he simply “fixed what bugged him” and developed his first product: the Fastcap Cover Cap. From humble beginnings, and no MBA, FastCap has thousands of distributors worldwide in over 40 countries. Paul’s intense curiosity on how things could be improved paved the way for him to become a prolific innovator and today he holds many US and International patents. FastCap launches approximately 20-30 innovative products per year and has won business of the year in 1999 and 2010.
In June 2011 Paul won Seattle Business Magazine’s prestigious Business Executive of
the Year award. He wrote his first book, 2 Second Lean, about creating a fun, Lean culture, that, is now available in 15 languages. In 2015, he wrote his 2nd book, Lean Health, in 2016, he wrote Lean Travel and in 2019, he wrote Lean Life and Banish Sloppiness. In 2016, Paul’s book, 2 Second Lean, was recognized by the Shingo Institute and won the Research and Professional Publication Award.
ABOUT THE HOST
My name is Nick Bradley. I’m an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor. My background is in growing and scaling VC and Private Equity backed businesses.
Having successfully built, bought and sold a number of companies, and removed myself from day-to-day operations, my focus now is on helping entrepreneurs get to where they want to be, in business and in life. As well as investing in growth businesses and backing turnarounds – with the ultimate aim of creating value from significant capital events.
I’m passionate about personal and professional development – showing up and being the best version of myself … every day.
My bigger vision is to help bring entrepreneurial skills, experience and mindset to people in developing nations – so they can follow their dreams, live life more on their terms – utilising entrepreneurship as a global force for good.
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