View this email in your browser
Lean Coffee Chats
Do you love coffee (or tea)? Do you love networking, sharing lean best practices and solving lean problems together? If yes, we are rolling out a new informal program called Lean Coffee Chats! We will have 60-90 minute sessions in different locations around Michigan.

What are the benefits?
  • Leverage our membership knowledge base
  • Focus on implementation of lean tools
  • Opportunity to network
  • Share best practices
  • Stay connected with other MLC members
  • ALL FOR FREE for members (+ you can bring a non-member guest for FREE too!)
What a typical agenda will look like:
  • Meet and greet
  • Lean implementation topic and brainstorm - bring a topic suggestion or come ready to ask for help with a lean issue you are encountering
  • Learn about MLC and upcoming events
  • Networking
Another Lean Coffee Chat coming soon! Want to host in your area? Please email!
"They are not responding to you and we are response-able."

This is some of the most profound and useful advice I’ve ever received. There is too much going on in the other person’s brain: their past, their insecurities, their triumphs, their upsets, their needs to be loved, admired and respected etc. To think that you are what they are responding to is unrealistic, even possibly self-serving. Save yourself some worry and the next time a person treats you with anything but kindness and care remember: they are not responding to you but to something from their past. 

Our brains, almost instantly, attach meaning to another’s words and actions. The source of that meaning is not in front of us, but from somewhere in our past, in our memories, be they pleasant or upsetting. If we take Stephen R. Covey’s advice and remember that we are Response-Able, that we can choose our responses to any situation, we will find that we can immediately generate a half-dozen different interpretations of another person’s actions. We, no one else, chooses whether we view an action as thoughtful, careless, disrespectful, funny, arrogant, cooperative, well-intentioned or evil. The motive lives in our minds, not in the actions we are choosing to interpret."

-From Member Eric Budd

Jan. 16 or 18, 2019

Lean Application (Part of Bronze Prep Course)

Jan. 29, 2019

Kata Immersion Course in Muskegon

Feb. 21, 2019

Bronze Prep Exam

August 7-9, 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Conference in Traverse City

Register Now!
From Our Members
FREE Webinar from our own MLC member Joyce Weiss  
Powerful Communication Secrets to Get Great Results!                                  
Thursday, March 7, 2019
7:00 PM EST/ 4:00 PM PST
(Once you register, you will be able to watch the webinar If you can’t join us on March 7th. 😊)

This session will offer powerful strategies that will take your communication and leadership skills to the next level.  Be prepared to leave this session feeling encouraged to earn the respect that you deserve without raising your voice or losing your cool. 

Joyce will cover the following secrets:
1.  Make tough communication safe
2.  Strategies to gain control
3.  Be Direct with Respect®
4.  Master verbal aikido

Host: Janette Ghedotte, M.A. Accurate Body Language
Guest Expert: Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP
Communication Strategist and Career Coach

To register for the webinar CLICK HERE!
New Member Feature
Want your company to be featured in the next newsletter? Email!
Kata Immersion Course
Register Now - Spots Are Limited!
Getting excited for next year's conference already? Reminisce and listen to The Leaning Edge recap of the annual conference Day 1!

Don't forget to subscribe to The Leaning Edge - new podcasts coming soon!
Click here to read the blog & listen!
Don't forget, we have several MLC T-Shirts left to purchase on our site for only $20 for members ($24 for non-members)! Show your LEAN pride!
Buy Now
Copyright © 2019 Michigan Lean Consortium, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.