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University Student Using Lean Principles

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 3:00 PM

DakotaDakota Hawkins from the University of Michigan chapter of MLC -- Financial Chair and Consulting Team Member joins The Leaning Edge on this episode.

Dakota Hawkins is a Sophomore studying Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is on the Executive Board of the student chapter of the Michigan Lean Consortium where he acts as Online Operations Chair and Project Team Leader.

Dakota is extremely interested in the role Lean can play in leadership and plans to work as a consultant focusing on Lean principles after graduation.

To hear Dakota's full interview with Debra, click on the embedded SoundCloud PodCast shared just below. 

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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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