April 2015

Lean in Action: Gov. Snyder Thanks the MLC!

On Wednesday, March 4, Governor Rick Snyder personally thanked Michigan Lean Consortium volunteers and State of Michigan employees that have been working to improve government.  During the event the Governor told of his own experiences in private industry where he learned the importance of focusing on quality and the customer satisfaction. Leaders of the Good Government initiative also spoke and thanked volunteers.

Governor Snyder and his staff addressed about 50 attendees and talked about specific successes gained in reducing turnaround and bureaucracy in places like the Departments of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Technology Management and Budget, Transportation, Corrections and others. When asked about the sustainability of these efforts after his term the Governor spoke about building lean skills and thinking into the state workforce so that the efforts and results were non-partisan.

Reminder: Announcing the 2015 Board Election!

The election cycle for three new MLC Board members will begin in May 2015.  As a matter of background information, MLC Bylaws were modified in 2013 to expand the Board from five to nine members and lock into an election cycle where three new Board members would be elected each year.  This process facilitates a more orderly transition and provides more human resources to share the workload. This is a working Board, and positions are not compensated.  Board members must be willing and able to participate in four face-to-face meetings each year (in various Michigan locations), in addition to regular conference calls. 

It is expected that nominees will have demonstrated past commitment and participation in MLC events, projects, training, etc. The election process is administered by an Election Committee consisting of the current Vice-Chair and current Secretary with oversight by the entire Board.
The schedule is as follows:
  • 1st Monday in May: Board Secretary sends electronic communication to all MLC members opening up Board Member nominations specifying the open positions. Members can be nominated or can self-nominate. 
  • 2nd Friday in May: Nominations closed, compiled and nominees are notified.
  • 4th Monday in May: Nominees who accept the nomination must e-mail back their acceptance to the Election Committee along with a brief bio.
  • 1st Monday in June: Election Committee will compile the list of nominees (and bios) and send out information and an election ballot to all MLC members.
  • 2nd Friday in June: Ballots are returned to the Election Committee.
  • 4th Monday in June: Secretary will tally the votes and the Vice-Chair will certify the count.
    • Only the top vote getter from any organization can fill an open position (i.e. – if one company has two nominees, only the top vote getter of these two can occupy an open Board position).
  • 2nd Friday in July: The winning nominees are notified of the election results.
  • 3rd Friday in July:  Winning nominees will notify the Election Committee of their acceptance or non-acceptance of the position.  
  • 4th Monday in July: Any non-acceptance will result in making an offer to the next highest vote-getter
  • August: New Board Members are announced and introduced at the Annual Conference
We look forward to an exciting election cycle this year and encourage you to reach out to any Board member with questions.

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May 15: TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) workshop in Kalamazoo 

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