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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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Recent Posts

Michigan Author talks about Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
June 26, 2017 4:00 PM

Gene Goodson, Michigan Author, talks with Debra Levantrosser about his new book: Rate Lean: Fast. He discusses how to rate your plant for Lean – Fast.

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Fire Chief John Lehman of Grand Rapids talks Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
June 26, 2017 3:00 PM

Debra interviews John Lehman, fire chief of Grand Rapids, about key note speech at the upcoming MLC (Michigan Lean Constortium) conference. 

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The Intersection of Project Management and Lean at DTE Energy

The Leaning Edge
June 26, 2017 2:00 PM

Debra talks with Bob Richard, Senior VP of Major Enterprise Projects at DTE Energy about the intersection of Project Management and Lean at DTE Energy. 

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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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