My guest on the Business901 Podcast was Ankit Patel, the founder of The Lean Way Consulting. We discussed applying Lean principles to Small Business. Ankit is a Lean Practitioner that has taken his expertise to the front-line of many small business. Little theory was discussed in this conversation. There was little if any should "do's" but more what we did and what was learned from this. I call it practical and implementable items, not ideas.
In the past, Ankit has been a Lean consultant for Dell Inc. overseeing Dell's Manufacturing, and Re-Manufacturing production processes in Lebanon TN. Ankit helped guide the multibillion dollar plant in strategic planning, coaching executives at the plant, facilitating Kaizen events, and training Lean leaders at all levels of the organization. Ankit is no stranger to the board room or the shop floor and has run several strategic initiatives as well as 100's of Kaizen events
Ankit has also had several years of small business ownership. He has owned a Liberty Tax Service, started his own online computer education company My Computer Buddies and has been a partner in a sandwich shop and a motel. Ankit has guided a variety of small and medium size businesses ranging in services from veterinary clinics to tattoo parlors.
His experience to change and grow companies ranges from small businesses to multinational fortune 50 companies. Ankit has an Industrial Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and lives in the Nashville TN area. You can follow Ankit on the blog http://theleanwayconsulting.blogspot.com