2020 Half Day Workshop Norbert Majerus ~ Leading a Successful Lean Transformation - Lean Frontiers - Be Bold. Be Better.

Leading a Successful Lean Transformation: Inside out Transformation

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 4:00PM-8:00PM (dinner included)
Location: Orlando, FL
Fee: $475*

Presented By:

Norbert Majerus

Session Abstract:


The success of lean initiatives does not only come from a better process but also from a better way of managing and leading the people in the process. This workshop shows the way and teaches the people skills needed by leaders to transform their organization into a people centric, engaged lean culture. The workshop is based on personal experiences and uses many illustrations and hands on exercises



Many companies have successfully implemented lean principles and tools needed to successfully transform their organizations. Unfortunately, principles and tools without establishing a lean culture will frequently fail to deliver all that is possible. A lean transformation requires new ways to manage people in the new lean environment, which creates a people centric, collaborative and innovative culture.

This workshop focuses on the critical people skills observed at many successful lean organizations, like Toyota, and also addresses concepts like people-centric lean management, respect for people, upside-down leadership, motivation and engagement and many more. Hands-on activities and examples from real-life experiences present workshop attendees with lean behaviors they can begin to model in their organizations.


The workshop focuses on the following topics:

  • What is different in a lean operation?
  • Change management
  • Vision of a people centric organization
  • Motivating and influencing associates
  • Engaging associates and leadership in the lean transformation
  • Practices that support respect for people
  • Required lean leadership behaviors
  • Analysis and discussion of real people related cases

By attending this presentation, what will attendees be able to do upon returning to work on Monday?

  • Change behaviors to lead a more successful lean transformation
  • Be a better influencer, manager, leader, and coach

About the Facilitator:

Norbert Majerus is Owner and Founder of Norbert Majerus Consulting Ltd.

Lean Champion, Speaker, Consultant, Coach, Book Author and Shingo Prize Winner

Beginning in 2005, Norbert implemented a principles-based lean product development process at the three Global Innovation Centers of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. For more than a decade he was Goodyear’s lean champion in research and development.

Norbert, born and raised in Luxembourg, has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken, Germany. He joined Goodyear in Luxembourg in 1978, transferred to Akron in 1983, and has worked most disciplines in the Goodyear innovation centers in Luxembourg and Akron.

In 2016, Norbert published his first book, Lean-Driven Innovation (Norbert Majerus, CRC Press, 2016), which received the Shingo Research Award. Also in 2016, with Norbert’s guidance the Goodyear R&D organization applied for and received the AME Excellence Award. Norbert is a popular keynote speaker and has conducted workshops in the United States and many other countries. Since retiring from Goodyear in 2018, he continues to share his extensive lean expertise via Norbert Majerus Consulting.


*NOTE: This workshop is run in affiliation with the Lean Leadership Week, which includes the Lean People Development Summit and Lean Accounting/Management Summit. You are not required to attend the Summit to participate in this workshop. Simply select only the workshop, and not the Summit, when registering.