Participants gain skills to manage change, lead successful lean transformations
The Lean Leadership Development Series is offered by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) in cooperation with
The first session, Culture Change in the Lean Environment, goes to the heart of the lean philosophy – creating a lean culture whereby employees are engaged in the process of innovation and improvement.
“Culture is the glue that holds lean implementations together. Eighty percent of lean is culture related,” said Doug Bengson, who specializes in lean culture for WMEP and is leading the workshops. “The biggest waste in manufacturing is the waste of underutilized people, not that people aren’t working hard enough, but the organization isn’t expecting them to bring their brains to work,” Bengson said.
Companies need buy-in from employees to achieve the benefits of lean manufacturing, which include increased efficiency and profitability.
Other sessions in the series are: Personal Effectiveness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Leading Teams and Change Management.
“At the end of the series, participants will have a new understanding of behaviors that will help them become more effective leaders, engage employees in change and create an environment for lean culture to thrive,” Bengson said.
The series will benefit any manufacturer wanting to improve performance, he added, whether they’re using lean, Six Sigma or other improvement strategy.
For more information on the series contact Don McDonald at 920-737-3631. To register, visit www.fvtc.edu/swreg (click on “find a class,” enter class # 96136.) Cost for the series is $575 per person or $500 for three or more people from the same organization.
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