Lean and Green Services

How “Good” Companies Finish First – A Culture of Excellence! (April – June 2014)

Course Background and Overview

The Lean/Continuous Improvement journey has multiple paths and detours that organizations traverse; however, all of the successful companies who have developed a culture of continuous improvement share some common core principles and beliefs. Two foundational principles were clearly stated by Toyota in their 2001 internal document titled “The Toyota Way 2001.” The dual pillars utilized to describe the Toyota culture were Continuous Improvement and Respect for People. Leadership at every company must understand that Lean is not simply a process of implementing the tools and techniques of Lean. Rather, Lean is about people. It’s about inspiring and engaging the workforce throughout this never-ending journey.

The successful companies of today not only create positive employee relations, but they create positive relationships with other stakeholders including customers, partners, and society. These “Good” people-centered companies are excelling in today’s hyper-competitive business world. The data clearly indicates that what may be referred to as the “soft” issues actually return “hard” bottom-line results. The excellent companies manage to develop these characteristics within the structure and rigorous standard work discipline that a Lean strategy requires. For leaders to effectively lead in these challenging times, it is critical to understand how these organizations create and foster the positive stakeholder relationships that help propel these companies and their people to greatness.

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?

  • FIRMS of ENDEARMENT: How World-Class Companies PROFIT from Passion and Purpose, by Raj Sisodia
  • IT’S NOT MAGIC: The Rebirth of a Small Manufacturing Company, by Donald J. Klein

Both books will be provided during the initial 2 hour introductory session



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