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Celebrating Success at the GR Lean Summit: Less Is More

Monday, March 18, 2024 11:16 AM | Andi Barajas (Administrator)

The GR Lean Summit was a resounding success, with every seat filled, showcasing the growing interest and commitment to Lean practices in today's business landscape.

Thank you so much to our sponsors: GVSU College of Engineering and The Small Business Association of Michigan! Here's a glimpse into the highlights and key takeaways from this inspiring event:

Full House! 100% Registration: The enthusiasm of the attendees was great as every ticket was spoken for, reflecting a strong dedication to learning and implementing sustainable Lean principles.

Essentiality of Lean Practices: Brian Calley, President of the Small Business Association of Michigan, underscored the critical role of Lean practices in navigating challenges such as workforce shortages, tight margins, and economic uncertainties. His insights shed light on why Lean methodologies are indispensable for businesses aiming to thrive in today's dynamic environment.

Avoiding the Lean Appearance Trap: Patrick Adams, CEO + Executive Lean Coach at Lean Solutions, emphasized the importance of prioritizing continuous improvement over busywork and unproductive meetings. His message resonated with the audience, urging them to make Lean practices a non-negotiable part of their business strategy.

Building an Army of Problem Solvers: Beth Crowley, Vice President Operations, Crowley Group, shared valuable insights on the importance of cultivating a workforce of skilled problem solvers. By empowering individuals with the tools and mindset to tackle challenges head-on, organizations can foster resilience and drive sustainable improvements across all facets of operations.

Improve Less: Chad Bareither led a breakout session emphasizing the balance between agility and stability in Lean initiatives. By focusing efforts on a select few areas for improvement and fostering collective commitment, businesses can achieve higher success rates and sustainable progress over time.

Swift Style: Dave Kippen was Taylor-made to Emcee! Thank you so much to Dave Kippen, Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager, ADM, for hosting the Lean Summit! His humor and energy had everyone amped up for their Lean learning era!

Customer Service Commitment: Attendees toured the Alro Steel Metals Service Center providing an opportunity to review plant changes and investments made in the past couple years to improve productivity, safety, and customer service.  The Metals Service Center was founded in 1948 by Al Glick. Participants learned of the history of the one Garage and one truck in Jackson, MI that, with Al’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to customer service, have expanded to over 80 locations in 16 states.

The GR Lean Summit not only provided attendees with actionable strategies and insights but also served as a platform for fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and inspiring transformative change. As we reflect on the event, we extend our gratitude to all the speakers, participants, volunteers, and sponsors for their contributions to making this summit a resounding success.

Let's continue to embrace Lean principles, drive innovation, and cultivate a culture of continuous improvement in our organizations and beyond. Together, we can navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and chart a path towards sustainable growth and success. Here's to a future fueled by Lean sustainable thinking and collective dedication to continuous improvement!

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