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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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LEAN: Learn, Educate, And Network 8th Annual Conference

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 12:00 PM

On this segment of the Leaning Edge is Betsy Williams. Betsy works in the Training Services Division of Northwestern Michigan College which is a part of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. Betsy is a Sales and Training Specialist, specializing in human resource management. She talks about LEAN: Learn, Educate, And Network 8th annual conference.

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Lean Goes Beyond Manufacturing

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March 27, 2018 2:00 PM

On this segment of The Leaning Edge features Alen Ganic. Alen studied supply chain management and also received CPIM Supply Chain Management certification from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and Lean certification from Grand Rapids Community College.

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Implementing Lean Practices for Coaching

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March 23, 2018 4:00 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes Theresa Coleman-Kaiser to talk about became Senior Associate Vice President for Administration in 2017 after serving in a variety of administrative and operations positions at Michigan Tech since 1999.

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Using Lean Principles in Japan and Michigan

The Leaning Edge
March 23, 2018 3:00 PM

Mark Graban joins Debra Levantrosser to talk about on this segment of the Leaning Edge. Mark went on a recent trip to Japan and talks about the use of LEAN practices in Japan, and learning from that he can help Michigan in the process.

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Lean Transformation & Visual Management

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March 23, 2018 2:00 PM

On this segment of the Leaning Edge is guest Bob Sturza and he covers the importance of visual management. Bob is a performance improvement professional at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI. He has over 25 years’ experience in plant, field service operations, government and healthcare (inpatient and outpatient). He is proficient in quality engineering techniques including internal and external auditing, Six Sigma, LEAN and supplier development. 

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Training & Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
February 16, 2018 5:00 PM

Debra Levantrosser talks with Todd Sperl managing partner of Lean Fox Solutions. They discuss the journey of a forward thinking, small community hospital that deployed a uniquely different training that incorporated lean management with lean thinking utilizing a non-traditional classroom setting.



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Lean Thinking Through Education

The Leaning Edge
February 16, 2018 4:00 PM

Hostess Debra Levantrosser interviews Bassel Salka about lean practices in education. Bassel is a Junior studying Industrial and Operations Engineering and Pre-Med at the University of Michigan.

He is also the co-founder of MLC Consulting and is an active member of different organizations on campus including president of the Arab Student Association and undergraduate researcher at the Center of Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety. Bassel plans to work as an intern this summer at Amazon as an Air Team Project Manager.

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Environmental Health & Safety of Lean

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February 16, 2018 3:00 PM

On this segment of A Leaning Edge hostess Debra Levantrosser interviews Kathy Malone about environmental heath and safety of lean practices.

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Diagnostics and Lean Practices with Jamie Flinchbaugh

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February 16, 2018 2:00 PM

In this segment of The Leaning Edge Debra Levantrosser talks with Jamie Flinchbaugh, owner of JFlinch about Diagnostics and Lean Practices.

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“Profit through Change” Co-Author Talks Lean Practices

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February 16, 2018 1:00 PM

Debra Levantrosser talks with Karl Eberle, co-author of Top 100, bestselling Amazon.com book “Profit through Change”. The book delivers the message that “Change is Good!” for business, with proven wins and effective results.

Karl Eberle, a well-respected senior operations and industrial leader, offers extensive and credible expertise. He has consistently developed teams and provided key oversight to enable organizations to achieve superior results on projects, restructuring, competitiveness, and growth initiatives. With hands on working experience in key functional disciplines across several industries and a strong technical background, Karl brings the “real world” experience and leadership know-how to be effective in a variety of situations, including:
 Labor Strategy/Negotiations
 Manufacturing Expansion, domestic and international
 Operational Competitiveness
 Complexity Impact
 Executive Leadership Decision Making
 Functional/Matrix Leadership and Integration
 Communication Strategy
 Employee Engagement
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