Lean and Green Services

Leadership Lessons from Basketball & Politics—Lean Lessons Outside of the Factory! (July – September 2014)

Course Background and Overview

The qualities of the most effective Lean leaders are the same qualities and traits exhibited by many leaders in professions outside of the business world. To gain a deeper understanding and a different perspective on these leadership characteristics and beliefs, it is valuable to learn from history’s great leaders, regardless of their specific work environment.

This unique course focuses primarily on two leaders of our past who were from totally different fields of endeavor, Abraham Lincoln and John Wooden. The course will delve into the Leadership principles of these two successful leaders, and how these principles will create excellence in any arena, whether it is in politics in transforming a country, or basketball in winning a record number of NCAA championships, or in the pursuit of a Lean culture in your company which will result in business excellence.

Who Should Participate?

This course should be considered for personnel at any Leadership level. Typically, a Lean transformation requires a role adjustment from supervisors or managers to team or group leaders. This course will help prepare these individuals to transition into their new roles and responsibilities. Or, if you are looking for training for future leaders, this course will be invaluable. This course is one of the modules within Mtech’s Lean Leadership Learning Series which is focused on the development of Lean leaders at every level within an organization.

Who is the Instructor?

Dave Rizzardo, who will lead the sessions, drives the Lean/Continuous Improvement practice of Mtech’s Lean and Green Services www.leanandgreen.umd.edu and has done so for the past 14 years. Dave has extensive Lean experience working with a broad range of organizations and applying Lean concepts in a variety of processing environments. He leads engagements in both production and administrative value streams. The Lean Leadership Learning Series is a component of Mtech’s “Lean Culture Development” service category which also includes Lean Peer Group and Leadership/Steering Committee Guidance components.

What is the Session Format?

  • The course will consist of a 2 hour introductory session, followed by 3 monthly half-day sessions
  • Sessions are led by Dave Rizzardo, Mtech’s Lean Services Manager, but some attendees will have an opportunity to present short summaries of assigned chapters
  • Location – University of Maryland, College Park, MD

What is the Cost?

  • Cost is $750 per individual
  • The primary reference books will be provided to each attendee
  • Course notes and presentation slides will be provided electronically following each session
  • At least 8 total registrants are required for the class to be held, and each class is limited to 20 to facilitate attendee interaction and discussions

What are the Course Reference Books?

  • LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP: Executive Strategies for Tough Times, by Donald T. Phillips
  • WOODEN ON LEADERSHIP, by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
    Both books will be provided during the initial 2 hour introductory session



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