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NEW ILC EVENT!  Principle Based Leadership - An Introduction to the Shingo Model for Operational Excellence
Date: Thursday, August 1
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Quality Inn and Sauer-Danfoss, Ames

The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is one of the most admired awards across industries and around the world. The Prize is presented to a handful of companies each year who create excellence in their organizations through the application of universally accepted principles of operational excellence, alignment of management systems and the wise application of improvement techniques. At this event, the Executive Director of the Shingo Prize, Bob Miller will provide an introduction to the Shingo Model and the Principles of Operational Excellence.

Building upon the introduction to the Shingo Model, Billy Taylor from Goodyear will bring the Shingo Model to life, sharing his experiences in leading with principles and the impact that it has on engaging the hearts and minds of people. The afternoon will begin with a walking tour of Sauer-Danfoss followed by an interactive session linking the principles to what was seen on the factory tour and the attendees' personal experiences from their own working environment.
Come and learn about the Principles of Operational Excellence and the Shingo Model for driving the right behaviors through principle based leadership.  Seating is limited.  A plant tour will be part of this event and there will be approximately a 6 minute walk from the Conference Center at the Quality Inn to Sauer Danfoss.  Transportation will be provided in the case of inclement weather.

ILC Members Share their "Lessons Learned" from the Tracey Richardson

Submitted by Jeff Terrell, Department of Human Services, QI Bureau

The State of Iowa recently joined the ILC, seeking additional supports for lean practitioners and agency managers.  The Department of Human Services  is early in our journey working toward developing a lean culture across the agency, as are other state government agencies recently included in the state ILC membership.  Three of the five DHS addtendees were lean practitioners interested in on-going skill development, and two were managers interested in learning more about lean and how to manage using lean principles. The following notes were collected by those attending, and shared both with other practitioners and managers to continue to support our many business needs as we continue our on our lean journey.
  • Lean = Value
  • Lean is a counter measure – a way to do business thinking
  • Everybody, everywhere, every time
  • The people side of lean always trumps the tools – understand your company's culture if you want to sustain
  • Get the culture ready by communicating – the what, the how and the why
Toyota's Values:
  • Respect for people (Servant Leader)
  • Continuous improvement
  • Teamwork – ability to listen/problem solving skills/Leadership/Initiative to go above and beyond
  • Challenge (the staff because you respect the work they do)
  • If the words "we" and "they" are being heard – something is wrong – there is a problem
  • Put a tick mark for every assumption you make in a day – they are not fact based
  • If there is a difference between the values and beliefs of a company – the culture is broken
  • Leadership – GTS3 (Go to See, Grasp the Situation, Go To a Standard)

Welcome New Board Member, Terry Arnold
We announced last month that Larry Heckert resigned from his position on the ILC Board.  He recommended that Larry Arnold fill his seat and the ILC board unanimously agreed.  Terry will also serve as the Membership Team Leader.

Terry has 28 years of utility experience at Alliant Energy.  Since 2009 he has worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Alliant’s Process Redesign department.  As a Black Belt, Terry has been involved with Lean training/culture initiatives to promote Lean as a method to support Alliant’s Strategic Plan. Terry has a BA in Computer Science from Clarke University and an MBA from the University of Dubuque.  Welcome Terry and thank you for your willingness to serve!
Welcome New Members!

Individual Members:
  • Paul Larson
  • Bill Kalher
  • Brian Kopas
  • Matthew Pleggenkuhle
  • Mike Smith
Call for Presentations
The Siouxland Lean Consortium’s first annual Regional Lean Conference will be held January 15, 2014, at the Western Iowa Technical Community College main campus. The SLC is seeking leading edge lean leaders throughout the expanded region to share their journey, and  the lessons learned along the way, as their organizations drive further into continuous improvement.  They would like to offer you the opportunity to make a presentation at this event. If chosen, you will be amongst the 10 workshop presentations that make up the core program of the 2014 Conference. Learn more here.

Learning Opportunities

August- Principle Based Leadership-An Introduction to the Shingo Model 
August 1, 2013

September-Lean in Product Development
September 10, 2013
Details coming soon!

ILC Fall Conference
October 30, 2013
Keynote: Jamie Flinchbaugh
Iowa City
Details Coming Soon!

Shared Events Calendar
New Events Added!

Do you have In-house trainings you would be willing open to ILC members?
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Rick Brimeyer

Many Thanks!

THANK YOU once again to Rick Brimeyer of Brimeyer, LLC for leading another Swim Lane Mapping workshop for the ILC in June.  It was a great day of hands-on learning, sharing of ideas and asking questions that will lead to improved processes.  THANK YOU to Kreg Tool for once again hosting this event.

Join the ILC!

If you are not a member of the Iowa Lean Consortium, we invite you to JOIN TODAY!  ILC membership offers a tremendous value by connecting you to companies, organizations and individuals using Lean to improve their performance.  Membership provides free access to ILC events and more, allowing you to see Lean in action and network with Lean practitioners.  Whether you are just starting your Lean journey or have considerable Lean experience, you will find valuable learning opportunities that help you move forward in your journey.  CLICK HERE to learn more now.
Questions?  Have suggestions for our next issue of the Iowa Lean Insider or an ILC learning opportunity?  Contact ILC Coordinator Tracy Schuster at or 515-259-0554.
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