The Lean Approach to Life and Business with Paul Akers

All business owners and leaders are searching for the secret to building a company and a culture that breeds success, but too often we’re focused on what we’ll get out of the process rather than what we are giving to others.

Let us introduce you to Paul Akers, who is someone we really connected with because of his thinking methodology. The Lean approach he applies to his life is all about synthesizing, simplifying, and looking for efficiencies. We’re all looking for ways to make life a little easier and this philosophy can help provide that for just about anyone.

Paul’s story is a really interesting one. When he first learned about Lean, he took all of those tools and tried to apply them to his life but couldn’t quite figure it out. So he returned to Japan to revisit what Toyota was doing to achieve its level of success and realized it was all about developing their people. They spent so much time training and teaching because they realized that was their most valuable asset. From that point forward, he took Lean and ran with it.

On this episode, we’ll break down all of the benefits with Paul by sharing his experiences and success stories throughout his life and career.

Join us on today’s episode as we discuss these important topics and more:

  • What is Lean and the story of how he came to fully understand it. (5:11)
  • Why education is the foundation for a good life. (7:24)
  • The benefits to putting Lean into an organization. (9:13)
  • Life is about what you give, not what you get. (12:42)
  • The story of being entrepreneur at a young age and saving for a car by 15. (16:50)
  • How to apply Lean principles to business. (21:50)
  • The one piece of advice he’d give on how to approach life. (27:00)



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