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The Leaning Edge

The Leaning Edge, co-hosted by Debra Levantrosser and Jim Manley, 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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Recent Posts

Randy Siever introduces The Lean Office

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 7:30 PM

In a conversation with Debra Levantrosser, Randy Siever introduced The Lean Office during the January episode of Leaning Edge.

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Gary Kapanowski talks about the impact of accountants

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 6:30 PM


Gary Kapanowski, Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified ASQ Bronze Lean professional, is cost accountant for Moeller Manufacturing, a leading aerospace part supplier, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Lecturer at Lawrence Technological University Professional Development Center. 

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Elliot Forsyth talks about cyber crime

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 5:30 PM

Elliot Forsyth talks about how the cyber crime effect the regional business.

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Matthew Potoff Leon Speakers' Lean Journey

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 4:30 PM

Matthew Potoff is the Director of Operations at Leon Speakers in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He practices Lean on a daily basis – doing, teaching, and continuously learning.  From 2011 to 2016, Matthew was the Director of the Tauber Institute Operations Leadership Factory at the University of Michigan.  He has taught courses at the Ross School of Business and the department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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Jeneen McNally brings up the project of speak so they listen

The Leaning Edge
January 19, 2017 3:00 PM

Jeneen McNally is an energetic and accomplished corporate trainer, speaker, interviewer, and business developer.

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What it takes to be an Auctioneer

The Leaning Edge
December 19, 2016 12:00 PM

Debra Levantrosser talks with auctioneer Theresa Gravlin, Auctioneer and Director of Towne Auction, an Orlans Group Company, Troy MI. In this segment of the Leaning Edge Theresa talks about the operations behind an auction and what it takes to be an auctioneer. 

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Leading Lean Transformation and Practicing Service Leadership to Drive Change Daily

The Leaning Edge
December 19, 2016 10:00 AM

Host Debra Levantrosser welcomes Laura Kempf Lean Champion (facilitator) at Truven Health Analytics,an IBM Company, to talk about leading lean transformation and practicing service leadership to drive change daily.

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Lansing holds Deming Conference on September 16, 17, 18

The Leaning Edge
September 14, 2016 4:30 PM

Debra Levantrosser talks with Rob Pease the Continuous Improvement Manager – Tyson Foods, Inc. about MLC Scholarship to the Deming Conference on September 16, 17, 18 in Lansing.

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The No Wrong Door Project & BOLD Council

The Leaning Edge
September 14, 2016 3:30 PM


Debra Levantrosser talks with Wendi Middleton the Division Director, State of Michigan, Aging & Adult Services Agency about the No Wrong Door Project & BOLD Council.

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No Wrong Door Project & Value Stream Mapping

The Leaning Edge
September 14, 2016 2:30 PM

Debra Levantrosser talks with Brian Barrie Director, State of Michigan, Medical Services Division about No Wrong Door Project & Value Stream Mapping.

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