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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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Community Impact: How to Transform Communities with Scientific Thinking

The Leaning Edge
May 23, 2017 10:00 AM

Debra talks with Jason Schulist, VP of Continuous Improvement, Appvion, about how communities can be transformed with scientific thinking. Here is a little bit about Jason Schulist:

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The Implementation of Lean To Improve the Delivery of Legal Services

The Leaning Edge
May 19, 2017 4:00 PM

Debra Levantrosser discusses the implementation of Lean to improve the delivery of Legal service with Greg Avesian, Director, Business Process Solutions, The Orlans Group, Troy, MI.

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Why Your Manufacturing Company Needs Lean in Services

The Leaning Edge
May 19, 2017 3:00 PM

Debra Levantrosser speaks with Author, Keynote Speaker, Lean and Creativity Coach and Consultant, Karyn Ross who is the Principal, Karyn Ross Consulting, co-author, "The Toyota Way to Service Excellence". They discuss why your manufacturing company needs lean in services.

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Michigan’s Continual Improvement Effort at the Intersection of Government and Healthcare

The Leaning Edge
May 17, 2017 5:00 PM

Dennis Sergent, Chair – Michigan Len Consortium and President, Sergent Results Group, talks with Debra about “Bringing Clarity Out of Chaos" – Michigan’s Continual Improvement Effort at the Intersection of Government and Healthcare. Here is more on Dennis: 

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Lean Management Journal Articles

The Leaning Edge
May 17, 2017 3:00 PM

Debra talks with Bill Bellows who is the Deputy Director, The W. Edwards Deming Institute. They talk about lean management journal articles, and distinguishing deming’s work from other management systems. Here is a little bit about Dr. Bill Bellows: 

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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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