Mercury University 3.0/The Ultimate HR Pacesetter

Presented By:

Jeff Toner

Session Abstract:

Is your identity as an HR professional holding you up in your Lean organization or holding you back? Will your HR expertise sustain you or squelch you in a Lean environment? Does you Lean organization consider HR a leash or a lifeline? My organization, Mercury Wire Inc. is as far into its Lean journey as anybody. Anybody. So I have been where you are now as an HR professional. Let’s enjoy assessing what Mercury did right or not so right over the past ten years of our Lean journey; what went wrong and why as we blew up the HR function; and examine what is needed now for an HR professional to add value in a Lean culture. I promise to bring honestly if you promise to bring difficult questions so that we all may learn together in a circle of trust as HR professionals.

Learning Objectives:

“In this session you will learn…”

  • to add value as a functional HR specialist in a Lean environment
  • the challenges/concerns for the HR function in a Lean environment
  • the limits of Lean thinking against the reality of the highly regulated business environment
  •  what you can do to become a more effective Lean/HR team member

About the Facilitator:

Jeff Toner gave his first presentation on Lean Manufacturing here in Florida in 1998 regarding his development and implementation of Lean solutions while serving as the VP Manufacturing in the complex work environment of a global Tier One automotive industry equipment manufacturer. Currently Jeff serves on the senior leadership team of a privately held OEM supplier to customers world-wide. Jeff has also worked extensively in both acute and long-term care Health Care serving as the VP Administration as well as consulting to hospitals across the country. Jeff has held management positions in the basic steel, national retailing, and labor-management consulting industries. In addition to his management roles, in his home state of Maine, Jeff was for many years an Associate Professor at the University of Maine School of Business, Economics and Management and has lectured at the graduate level at several universities and colleges. His work has been noted in the WSJ, NPR, U.S. News and World Report, and various industry and professional sources.

Jeff holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from St. Francis College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Relations from Pennsylvania State University.