November 11, 2014 - Executive Perspectives on Lean

This event featured a Panel Discussion on Lean Initiatives as seen and experienced through the eyes of key executive leadership within the workplace.


This was a terrific event for manufacturing leadership to attend with their operational/manufacturing team in an effort to gain a better understanding of the commitment needed to successfully employ lean practices within their culture.


The Panelists

  • John Chapman, President of Invox NA and Director of Business Development, Executive Education, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics
    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • John Brandburg, Procter & Gamble, Greensboro Finance Manager, CFO Circle Specialist
  • Stan Benson, ConvaTec, Greensboro, Operations Director
  • Greg Clark, Ornamental Moldings, High Point General Manager


Here are some questions that the panelists have suggest would be answered:

  • What makes your respective organization “lean” and not simply cost conscious?
  • What level of participation do you expect and/or experience from your rank and file employees in your lean organization?  What convinced you that lean initiatives were worth the investment?
  • What have you observed to be the most important gain realized with the use of lean manufacturing techniques in your organization?
  • How do you measure the success or failure of lean manufacturing initiatives in your organization?
  • What has been the most difficult barrier to success in your lean journey?  How did you overcome it?
  • Based on your experience and insight, what are the reasons that companies may start and stop Lean Manufacturing Initiatives (often several times) even though the benefits can be significant?
  • What is the most important thing you wish your employees really understood or embraced about Lean Manufacturing – one thing that would make a significant difference in the results you can achieve through Lean?






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