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The Leaning Edge

The Leaning Edge, hosted by Debra Levantrosser, she speaks with leaders, implementers and believers in the lean philosophy to share their successes and struggles in hopes that they will help others in their lean journey.

The show focuses on the fact that lean is a mindset and a culture, not a set of process improvement tools, and shows how this approach can make your city, state and country an even stronger and more successful, stable place one organization at a time and one person at a time.

The “Lean” philosophy refers to engaging and involving all levels of employees in development of ideas to provide value to customers by aiming for high quality, low cost and short lead time. A specific kind of leadership style is seen in successful lean organizations which includes rewarding experimentation and developing people into problem solvers.

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Lean Practices Improve the Process at Mercy Heath

The Leaning Edge
March 21, 2017 3:00 PM

Debra and 'The Leaning Edge' welcome Dorsey Sherman and Maurene M. Stock, of Mercy Health to talk about working with teams using scientific (Lean) thinking and change management to improve processes at Mercy Health Muskegon.Hear these awesome ladies talk about how Kata is being used to eliminate patient wait times for tests. The scientific method has never looked better!

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Navigating Your Company with a Business Process Map

The Leaning Edge
March 15, 2017 4:00 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes Branden Clements who is the Senior Consultant at Pyramid Consulting in Ann Arbor. He talks about how using business process maps are helpful in navigating a companies destination. In this discussion with Debra Levantrosser of the Michigan Lean Consortium hear Branden discuss the three levels of a company’s destination, the major phases of the lifecycle and barriers to achieve them.

Branden is a Senior Consultant at Pyramid Consulting in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has worked at a variety of facility, architecture, and construction management organizations in the past. His consulting work focuses on assisting facility management organizations in capability development, including process development and organizational design.

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Revealing Blind Spots with Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
March 14, 2017 1:30 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP to talk about how to coach and reveal blind spots in a business. Joyce has earned high praises from hundreds of businesses and organizations for her training and coaching programs that increased productivity and employee engagement in stifled workplaces where conflict, narcissists, bullying and other unhealthy workflow concerns occurred.

Hear Joyce talk about leadership blind spots as what may be preventing you from getting good results!

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Career Firefighter's Lean Journey for Grand Rapids

The Leaning Edge
March 13, 2017 10:00 AM

Brad Brown is a career firefighter with over 21 years of experience, serving the last 8 in the Planning Division for the City of Grand Rapids Fire Department. Having a lifelong passion for learning, Brad has recently completed a four year executive fire officer program at the national fire academy and holds a Master’s degree in Executive Fire Leadership. He has presented numerous times over the past several years for the Michigan Lean Consortium, University of Michigan Industrial Engineering Program, American Society for Quality and the Center for Public Safety Excellence. When not learning or working, Brad spends time on the family farm with his Wife, two young children and way too many animals.

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Implementing Lean Practices for a Competitive Edge

The Leaning Edge
March 3, 2017 5:00 PM

Jan Matthews, Founder and Principal Consultant for JEMSource Solutions, LLC  talks about how the recruiting function can implement lean and be a competitive advantage for companies.

Jan is Founder and Principal Consultant for JEMSource Solutions, LLC, a management consulting group located in Chandler, Arizona, specializing in organizational development and strengthening human performance capabilities.

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18 Values for New Program

The Leaning Edge
March 3, 2017 4:00 PM

The Leaning Edge talks with Brian Barrie about the 18 values for the new program which improves the experience for those needing transition to a different health care facility.

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The BOLD Council Improves with Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
March 3, 2017 3:00 PM

Wendi Middleton is the Director of the Program and Partnership Development Division within the Aging and Adult Services Agency (AASA) of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  She has been employed by the State of Michigan for 30+ years, and has served as a member of AASA’s leadership team since 2009. 

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Lean Leadership for Business Turnarounds

The Leaning Edge
March 3, 2017 2:00 PM

Dennis F. Cutright talks with the Leaning Edge about the important topic of lean leadership and business turnarounds.

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Kata on Fire!

The Leaning Edge
March 3, 2017 1:00 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes to the show Dan Vermeesch lean champion and plant manager at Micron Mfg Co. Dan explains what Kata means and the two types of kata and how to use them.

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State of Michigan Incorporates Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
March 3, 2017 12:00 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes Melissa Castro to the show! She is the Division Director of the Reinventing Performance in Michigan (RPM) Projects Division in the State of Michigan’s Office of Performance and Transformation.

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