2019 Gary Kapanowski ~ Lean Creativity - Lean Frontiers - Be Bold. Be Better.

Lean Creativity


Presented By:

Gary Kapanowski


Many times, we are asked by management to be creative when problem solving for an organization.  How do you react?  What do you say?  There seems to be no good answer except, I will work on it.   To dream the impossible dream indeed.

In business today, the importance of problem solving is increasing due to the hyper-competitive business environment and exponential increase nature of business information.  This demand for creativity is reflective in the 82% content of non-manufacturing industries gross domestic product in 2016 .  Responding to this environment is how companies will succeed by producing a competitive advantage through solving customer problems better than anyone else.


In This Session You Will Learn…

  • Understanding of the creativity gap
  • Identify the individual’s capability of being creative
  • Identify the competitive advantage of creativity.
  • Understand how creativity is viewed as a process and discuss how creativity is produced through different lenses, the adjacent possible and invention cycle.
  • Actionable exercises will be performed by participants to use on a daily, weekly, or monthly scale to fuel individual creativity to produce innovative and entrepreneurial results

About the Facilitator:

Gary Kapanowski, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified ASQ Bronze Lean professional, is cost accountant for Moeller Manufacturing, a leading aerospace part supplier, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Lecturer at Lawrence Technological University Professional Development Center.  Utilizing experience with metrics and the balance scorecard, Gary earned the 2006 Financial Executive of the Year award from Robert Half International and Institute of Management Accountants.  His current work produced the first re-definition of lean as a business strategy and beyond an operational efficiency tool for implementation.  Gary has presented in several annual conferences for the Association of Strategic Planners, Institute of Management Accountants, and Michigan Lean Consortium along with over 4,000 business professionals and university students in accounting and lean topics