New Approaches to Developing Lean Leadership Skills

Presented By:

Cheryl Jekiel

Session Abstract:

After years of learning how to implement lean principles, companies increasingly have become aware of the need to build leadership skills to support lean efforts. The challenge has been creating sufficient interventions and supports that adequately address the need for newly developed skills that are required.

We need to first understand what types of skills are needed for the types of leaders needed. Second we need to review how current approaches to training may not be effective in changing behaviors.

Through new levels of exploring new methods of training, we will be able to achieve new levels of success in this important developmental area. This session explores just a few innovative practices that are examples of methodologies that could make a real different in your leadership development programming.

Last, we need to better understand how HR can impact your organization’s lean efforts by better understanding the solutions needed to provide the appropriate leadership to a lean enterprise.

About the Facilitator:

Cheryl Jekiel brings a tremendous passion for continuous improvement in her commitment to building Lean HR as a recognized field of work. She has over 20 years of manufacturing experience. Previously, Ms. Jekiel worked for a Chicago food manufacturer as the director of Human Resources and completed her employment by serving for five years as the Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Jekiel 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. Her Lean experience has been greatly enhanced with her active involvement with the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME), which has included board roles for the National board as well as a Regional Midwest Board.