Being Human

Episode 135

#135 500% - with Julian Wilson

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My guest this week is Julian Wilson, CEO of British engineering firm Matt Black Systems and author of "500%: How Two Pioneers Transformed Productivity". Along with his business partner, through a series of counter-intuitive steps, he experimented his way to a 500% gain in productivity.
The change saw his staff triple their income, come alive as human beings, whilst delivering extraordinary returns for him and his co-investors.
His is a story of returning to the original translations of Taiichi Ohno's pioneering work at Toyota to apply its essence to a creative, design-led operation.

We talk:
- Why Lean/Agile transformations fail
- Why centralisation does not remove duplication
- Business as a social institution
- How business culture starts in our families
- Self-leadership pushed to its limits


To your humanity,

500%: How two pioneers transformed productivity - The Book
Matt Black Systems

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