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Optional Workshops: September 15-18

For an additional fee, sign up for an optional deep-dive workshop with an experienced coach. See  workshop details below for the day and time of each workshop.

Optional workshops include…

Fundamentals of a Lean Management Accounting System

Tuesday, September 15 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

This is an introductory course.  Its aim is to present an overview of the reasons why lean accounting is important and the new methods that lean manufacturers are using to bring their measurement and accounting processes into line with lean thinking.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • how to gauge the extent to which the problems with traditional accounting are a problem in their own companies
  • learn the BMA, Inc “Starter Set” of performance measures
  • to understand how value stream costing simplifies the development of costing information
  • how to make business decisions using the lean accounting box score
  • to develop a plan for eliminating operating and accounting transactions as lean manufacturing is implemented.

About the Facilitator:

Nick Katko has over 20 years experience transforming Accounting into a strategic asset of businesses to provide value-added information and analysis to achieve sustainable growth.

Early pioneer of Lean Accounting, implementing a complete Lean Accounting System as a CFO in the 1990’s in conjunction with company’s lean transformation, resulting in 20% annual productivity gains and record profits.

As both a consultant and contract CFO leveraged this experience, and a technical accounting background, to assist companies in improving their accounting functions resulting in enhanced decision making, revenue growth and cost reduction. Over 10 years of experience improving productivity in accounting and other administrative functions through eliminating waste and creating flow.

Lean Practices for the Accounting Department

Wednesday, September 16 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

This workshop focuses on how to use lean practices inside the accounting department to improve quality, flow, delivery.

About the Facilitators

Nick Katko has over 20 years experience transforming Accounting into a strategic asset of businesses to provide value-added information and analysis to achieve sustainable growth.

Early pioneer of Lean Accounting, implementing a complete Lean Accounting System as a CFO in the 1990’s in conjunction with company’s lean transformation, resulting in 20% annual productivity gains and record profits.

As both a consultant and contract CFO leveraged this experience, and a technical accounting background, to assist companies in improving their accounting functions resulting in enhanced decision making, revenue growth and cost reduction. Over 10 years of experience improving productivity in accounting and other administrative functions through eliminating waste and creating flow.

As Principal and Owner of Torre Consulting, Mike De Luca works with companies to apply Lean principles in developing strategy, improving processes, and making better use of the talent we have in our staff, so that we can focus more effectively on work that makes a difference for the customer. He works with all levels of leaders and teams to connect strategy to the underpinning metrics and management system that ensure success from the front line to the enterprise as a whole.

Mike is a featured speaker at conferences and workshops including the Lean Accounting Summit and Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. Mike has a Master of Science in Finance degree from Seattle University, is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), holds the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Developing and Managing People Systems for Lean Thinking Organizations

Thursday, September 17 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

At this point in the development of Lean in the US many companies have adopted lean practices in at least part of their operations. Standard work, Visual Management, Kanbans, 5S, and Andons are commonplace in many organizations. Equally many of these same companies have experienced the stalling and backsliding we often see in companies that have been at this for a while.  In fact, we run into an alarming number of companies that have devolved to seeing Lean as a negative thing the company once tried but has now abandoned. There are several reasons why progress can stop and even be undone, and that is why we developed the Lean Management System to address the most likely reasons for this all too common experience.

One of the elements of LMS is People Systems. The backbone of People Systems is the People Value Stream which consists of all the systems, policies, and practices that people experience from the time they enter the organization to the time they separate. Second to Lean Leadership Behaviors, no other factor has more impact on the culture of an organization.

This workshop is a Lean treatment of all the elements of the People Value Stream that go into making sure that everyone in the organization is constantly reinforcing their commitment to Lean as a team based collaborative problem-solving system for everyone in the organization to participate in.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • What is the target condition in terms of competencies and culture for the population working in a Lean organization?
  • What is the process for mapping the People Value Stream and then use if for managing improvement?
  • What are the tools used to apply kaizen methods to people processes?
  • How do you measure and manage progress to the target condition?

About the Facilitator:

Joe Murli is author of “The Lean Management System”, Lean Enterprise Institute faculty member, and founder of The Murli Group-People Centered Lean.
Joe’s started his Lean journey 1989 in what Jim Womack called “the acid case” of the Lean transformations he described in his
book “Lean Thinking”. Initially, in the onslaught of rapid fire improvement events there was excitement over how much could be improved in five day increments. Then as time went on and the lack of sustainability was obvious he searched for deeper understanding of how to capture the hearts and minds of people in pursuing the three simple questions of Lean.

Everybody, every day, everywhere asking:
How did we do yesterday?
Where was the waste?
How can we do it better today?
Ever since that time he has been dedicated to understanding the human factors of Lean and how they can lead to continuous improvement if properly managed and lead. He studied organizations that had highly engaged teams doing exactly this and distilled the basic elements that separated truly Lean thinking organizations from the rest. He was able to put these systems into play in the businesses he led at Pratt & Whitney, Kaman Aerospace, and Sterling Autobody.
As founder of The Murli Group he is dedicated in helping organizations of all kinds through every phase of the Lean transformation process especially as it deals with integrating technical and people systems into sustainable learning organizations.

Developing & Sustaining a Lean Culture

Tuesday, September 15 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern (Part 1)

Wednesday, September 16 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern (Part 2)

Most companies embarking on a lean journey soon become frustrated with kaizen events and isolated improvement projects that yield great short-term results but have no sustainability. They are searching for something more: the culture of continuous improvement with its philosophy, processes, and people aligned to cultivate problem solving.

In this program we attempt to explore the unique culture of Toyota:

  • What is it
  • How to get it
  • How to keep it

The course is intended to demonstrate how connecting and simultaneously developing the “Product” and the “People” Value Streams helps accelerate your lean implementation setting a foundation for a sustainable lean culture.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • Learn actions to immediately improve your profits and cash flow
  • Understand why simply focusing on “cost cutting” in these challenging times is the wrong approach
  • Learn why “delegating lean” to others doesn’t work, and may actually hurt your bottom line
  • Understand and implement processes and systems to sustain your improvement activity
  • Understand key components of establishing a lean culture
  • Understand how to attract, select, develop and engage competent, able and committed team members.

About the Facilitator:

Mike Hoseus is Executive Director for the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO). Mike Hoseus brings both manufacturing operations and specialization in Human Resource experience to CQPO. CQPO is an organization developed in 1999 as a vision of Toyota Motor Manufacturing to share Lean Quality philosophy and human resource practices with education, business, and community organizations. Mike is co-author with Dr. Jeffery Liker (Author of the Toyota Way) of Toyota Culture.

Prior to CQPO, Mike was a corporate leader for 13 years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s Georgetown, Kentucky, plant both in Human Resources and Manufacturing.

Mike currently supports organizations with Lean Culture transformations focusing on the roles of Executive Management and Human Resources and how the Quality People Value Stream integrates with the Operations Value Stream.

Leaders Who Inspire (Not Tell People What to Do)

Thursday, September 17 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern (Part 1)

Friday, September 18 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern (Part 2)

Your organization’s success with the lean or continuous improvement ultimately hinges on your people and the behaviors they choose to exhibit. Every member of your team must choose to engage in the right behaviors that drive business results. If they don’t, the tools, processes and systems you develop will have limited impact.

To create buy-in and get every member of your team to actively participate in your lean culture, your leaders need to use powerful coaching skills on a daily basis. During this session, you’ll discover a proven performance management system that’s based on Respect Every Individual. You’ll leave with practical coaching strategies that you can use immediately to empower your entire team and inspire them to bring their best selves to work.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • Identify common barriers to developing effective leaders that support lean work environments
  • Experience five aspects of the performance improvement cycle to appreciate the importance of ensuring all lean leaders can demonstrate the fundamentals of coaching team members
  • Identify strategies to overcome barriers that interfere with lean leaders successfully building relationships.

About the Facilitators:

Cheryl Jekiel is the CEO of the Lean Leadership Center which helps CEOs of innovative companies and organizations who view their people as a competitive advantage to weave Lean principles into the fabric of their company culture so they get sustainable, constantly improving results that exponentially change the business.

The Lean Leadership Center partners with companies to drive results by building the skills of their leaders, redesigning human resources practices and improving the culture of their organization. The Center’s resources include workshops, presentations, virtual learning communities, publications and various other on-site supports.

Ms. Jekiel served as Vice President of Human Resources at Flying Food Group, LLC, and Chief Operating Officer at Parco Foods, LLC.

Prior to her recent senior leadership roles in Human Resources, Ms. Jekiel served for five years as Chief Operating Officer after several other leadership roles at a specialty bakery in the Chicagoland area. She has developed an expertise in Lean manufacturing with a particular focus on Lean cultures. Ms. Jekiel has made countless significant improvements in reducing operating costs and leveraging a Lean culture to obtain new business. She has over 30 years of manufacturing experience.

As the author of Lean Human Resources: Redesigning HR Practices for a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Ms. Jekiel brings a tremendous passion for Continuous Improvement and is committed to building HR for Lean enterprises as a recognized field of work. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, Ted, and their dog, Sid.

Contact Lean Leadership Center to learn more about how our resources can help your company improve your organization’s leadership and overall success at 708.362.1664.

Leading a Successful Lean Transformation- Inside Out Transformation

Friday, September 18 – 12:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

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

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • 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 case

About the Facilitators:

Norbert Majerus