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The Leaning Edge | Rob Pease, Lean and Work-Culture Assessments

The Leaning Edge
July 23, 2019 5:00 PM

LEANThe Michigan Lean Consortium's Debra Levantrosser recently spoke with long time 'The Leaning Edge' guest Rob Pease, the Kata / Improvement Manager for Nucraft of Comstock Park, MI. His focus for this interview was; A Study of Organizational culture change, a focus on people. How NuCraft started. Their method of deployment behaviors and measurement,....

Click below to hear Debra's interview with Rob about Work/Culture Assessments.

At Nucraft Furniture Company, Rob shares that they really wanted to transform their culture. First starting with what our desired culture must be to achieve the desired 27% growth over three years and then went to the people. By conducting a cultural assessment or our associates we armed ourselves with the data needed to set short term-plans for improvement.

Interestingly, we have figure out a connection to these behaviors to our bottom line financial growth, which as the behaviors improve so does our organizations KPIs. This has provided two record quarters back-to-back. Imagine everyone engaging in an organization and with each layer striving for the desired behaviors which collectively equate to company growth and success.

It becomes a great place to work when you focus on respect for every individual, as one example, and the output is company growth.

(And just a reminder the Michigan Lean Consortium's 9th Annual Conference is quickly approaching) 

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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