008 – Paul Akers On Banishing Sloppiness With Japanese Precision

It’s Nick Kemp here from IkigaiTribe.com with another episode of The Ikigai Podcast, and today I am speaking with Paul Akers, the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company specializing in woodworking tools and hardware for professional builders.

Paul also travels the world as a speaker and a champion of Lean manufacturing and Lean thinking, and he also the author of five books including, Banish Sloppiness which is the topic of this episode.


Paul Akers

Paul is an avid outdoorsman that surfs, runs, swims, bikes, and has summited many 14,000 foot mountains, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, and trekking to Everest Base Camp. Paul is passionate about health and completed 2 Ironman (Lake Placid, NY and Vichy, France).

He is an instrument-rated pilot with over 2,000 hours of flight time, which includes 3 North Atlantic crossings in a single-engine plane.

Paul is an energetic speaker whose core passion is helping people discover their full potential and showing others how to implement Lean in their business and personal life.

His passion for Lean has taken him around the world to over 70 countries to work and speak with such notable organizations as the Israeli Defense Forces, Mercedes Benz, Amazon, the US Navy, Turner Construction, and many universities. From Kazakhstan to Iceland, Tasmania to Japan, Germany, Israel, Africa and Slovakia, you never know where Paul is … but for sure he is teaching Lean concepts with passion and excitement.

Paul is also passionate about Japan and teaching people the philosophy of this amazing country (Japan Study Mission). He has trained over 25 teams in Japan at Toyota and their suppliers.

Paul has thousands of followers on his weekly podcast, The American Innovator where he teaches about the power of innovation and Lean thinking. He shares his insights and observations as he interviews fascinating people along with documenting his travels and adventures around the world with staggering photography and videography.

Paul has been married to his wife Leanne since 1983 and they have 2 grown children, Andréa and Kolbe, who work with him at FastCap. It is truly a family-run business!



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