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Upcoming Events:

Lean 103 on July 21 in East Lansing
An Inside Look at Truven Health on July 21 in Ann Arbor
2017 Annual Conference on August 2-4 in Traverse City
Lean Application on September 22 in East Lansing
Bronze Prep Exam on November 3 in East Lansing

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The Leadership Track at this year’s conference is a new learning opportunity for attendees wanting to be the most effective lean leader they can be! It promises to be very productive and helpful as you continue to evolve as a leader. We will start with identifying your current condition then will develop your target condition and also identify experiments to move from current to target. The final workshop on Friday will tie it all together in your Personal Leadership Plan.

Here’s more about the Leadership Track:
Purpose: Drive personal transformation into the most effective lean leader you can be.

•       Develop a personal leadership plan (PLP)
•       Explain and demonstrate  the leadership style necessary in a lean culture
•       Learn methods to change your behaviors
•       Explain how a lean leadership style is different from other styles
Required reading: The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership (included in the fee)
Please see the process HERE along with the general flow of the track. There is an additional fee of $250 for this track.

We hope to see you in the sessions!

Now announcing another fantastic keynote speaker: Jeffery J. Downs is one of FranklinCovey’s practice leaders in the 4 Disciplines of Execution. He specializes in working with executive teams in both private and public organizations to translate strategy
into the fewest number of executable targets. Jeff has had numerous years of executive leadership experience and record-breaking results. He has consulted companies such as Intel, CISCO, Boston Scientific, Comcast, Husky Energy, Payless Shoe Source, Staples Promotional Products, Siemens, Trimble Navigation, TEP, State of Colorado, Seattle Study Club and many more. Each of these organizations have experienced tremendous success implementing and using the 4 Disciplines of Execution.

He most recently sold Best Practice Systems, Inc. a successful eBill business he started with two partners and using principles outlined in the 4 Disciplines of Execution, in just under seven years, lead the company to unprecedented growth earning the status of one of the 500 fastest growing companies in America.

In growing Best Practice Systems, Jeff worked with senior business leaders in companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Graybar Electric, Stericycle, Glaxo Smith Kline, Allscripts, Eastern Propane and Oil, Davey Tree, City of Scottsdale, and many others on how to optimize business systems, increase profit, and improve customer satisfaction. As a leader in the 4 Disciplines practice, Jeff is asked to speak often to thousands of individuals in large corporate events and facilitate strategic goal setting with executive leaders of Fortune 500 businesses. Without fail, after hearing Jeff speak or facilitate, organizations in hospitality, insurance, healthcare, government, financial, technology, and general business, come away with a new way of approaching what is wildly important.

Jeff has been married for 25 years to his sweetheart, Jami. He is the proud father of seven children between the ages of 5 years and 22 years old. He is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for running completing 2 marathons, 13 half marathons, and scores of smaller races. He is also an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction alike.
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