2022 Michigan Lean Consortium Annual Conference Presenters and Sessions

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Wednesday, Aug 10 Keynote Speaker

Lead With Joy and Watch Your Team Fly!

Change is hard. But to create a joyful workplace, you can’t continue to lead the way you’ve always led. In this talk, Rich explores his own journey to joy, focusing on how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way and, by doing so, witnessed results that exceeded his wildest expectations. In his talk, Rich applies the analogy of flight to the teams we lead. His message is simple: when we finally understand the relevant principles (in flight or in teams), we can fly to heights and distances that were previously unimaginable. But to get there, you, as a leader, will need to create change. Serious change. And you will need to undergo your own personal evolution as well.

Drawing from his book Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear, Rich will share the personal and professional journey he has taken as a leader and invite you to join him at the vanguard of understanding what it takes to unleash the potential of the people who work for you and around you. He will explain how the longstanding and appalling disengagement statistics represent a fundamental failure of leadership and how you can reverse that trajectory in your own organization.

Finally, Rich will discuss the simple, actionable things you can do to get your teams off the ground and flying. You will come away energized and inspired to start you own journey toward leading with joy tomorrow! And you will be firmly convinced that it is within your power to do so, no matter how big your organization or how longstanding its culture.

Audience members will learn how to:

  • Lead with joy
  • Take concrete steps to elevate the human energy in your organization
  • Change how you and your team see the role of a leader
  • Turn your organization around to one that embraces action instead of meetings

Richard Sheridan, CEO, Chief Storyteller & Tour Guide

Author of Joy, Inc. & Chief Joy Officer -- MLC Members can receive a 22% discount when purchasing these books with the discount code "MLC22."

MLC Members are invited to attend Menlo's virtual tours - they are free, live and held twice a week!

Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan became disillusioned in the middle of his career in the chaotic technology industry. He had an all-consuming thought…things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. Why couldn't a workplace be filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity, and productivity?

Ultimately, Rich co-founded Menlo Innovations in 2001 to end human suffering in the workplace. His unique approach to custom software creation is so surprisingly different, that 3,000 people a year travel from around the world just to see how they do it.

His passion for creating joyful work environments led to his bestselling and widely celebrated book, Joy, Inc. - How We Built a Workplace People Love. His highly anticipated second book, Chief Joy Officer, came out December 4, 2018 and will continue to prove that a positive and engaging leadership style is actually good for business.

Wednesday, Aug 10 Morning Active Learning Sessions

Sustainable Kaizen: 3 Key Elements that Drive Successful Improvement

Are your improvement efforts sustained? You put together a great kaizen charter, do all the pre-work, develop a great team, work hard and have fun during the kaizen, accomplishing more than expected. Everyone is pleased and the leadership happy, high fives all around. Then you walk around a month after and things have reverted back to previous state. Or the actual results are a small percentage of what was expected. This ALS will not teach the tools, check sheets, audits, or reviews normally associated with a successful kaizen. The focus of this learning session is thinking about the 3 critical elements, Process, Organization, and Mindsets, that are required for a successful and sustainable kaizen. Developing these 3 aspects of an improvement greatly improve the chance of sustainment.

Troy Tungate, Division Lean Manager, Parker Hannifin Corp.

Division Lean Manager for Parker Hannifin Corp. since 2019 -SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES Lean Leadership Lean/Performance System Creation, Deployment & Facilitation Strategy Deployment and Alignment Leadership Coaching and Development Effective Change Management Daily Operations Leadership Project Management Product Formulation Supply Chain Planning and Improvement EDUCATION BS, Management and Organizational Development, Spring Arbor University MBA, International Business, Cornerstone University OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Conference Speaker Michigan Lean Consortium Member.

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