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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.

Dennis has extensive automotive leadership experience in manufacturing operations of high volume forging, machining and product assemblies. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a passion for driving performance through leadership development, strategic planning, organizational alignment, employee engagement, effective communications, teamwork, continuous improvement and customer service. He has a proven track record of improving safety, quality, delivery, productivity, and profitability through Kata/Kaizen team based activities, six sigma problem solving, project management, process re-engineering, sharing best practices.  He has excellent interpersonal, motivational, and presentation skills. He has outstanding communication skills for working with customers at all levels of the organization. He is a proud member of the John C. Maxwell Leadership Team and recognized as a certified coach, teacher, trainer and speaker. He has been a member of ASQ since 1987, with the following active certifications:


-  Six Sigma Black Belt
-  Quality Engineer
-  Reliability Engineer
-  Quality Auditor
-  Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence
-  Lean Manufacturing Certification Program - University of Michigan
-  Finance for Non-Financial Managers - University of Michigan

Over his career, Dennis has led over 500 Kaizen events, created two internal training universities platforms with over 200 learning topics, implemented quality systems in over 50 manufacturing locations, led million-dollar strategic cost saving programs, coached business leaders to achieve operational performance goals through engaged employees, and mentored over 200 salary employees on improving their careers through the development of their leadership talents.

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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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