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Leadership & Management Systems

A Lean enterprise develops leaders at every level to manage change and drive results.

An Effective Management System Begins with Capable Leaders

We can assist you in developing leaders at every organizational level.

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  • Transformational leadership capabilities of strategic alignment
  • Engagement/empowerment
  • Teaching and learning
  • Gemba walks
  • Problem-solving
  • Necessary daily management to ensure long-term success

Executive Coaching

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Developing the Lean Enterprise requires transforming busy executives into Lean executives capable of sharing the “Why change”, providing clarity on where the company is going, establishing the balance between short and long-term goals, and creating the organizational infrastructure and processes to ensure a customer-oriented company culture.

What We Do

Our executive coaches, all former Lean leaders, work closely with key executives and senior management to create a leadership development playbook consistent with their roles and responsibilities.

How You Succeed

The outcome is leaders’ ability to understand the need for change and effectively act to drive the company to short and long-term success.

Manager and Supervisor Training

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In a Lean enterprise, the primary role of the manager and supervisor turns from that of “doer” to that of “mentor”, creating the framework that allows field team members to act freely in deciding how to do their work, address problems, and develop. This can often be a difficult transition.

What We Do

Productivity works with managers and supervisors in on-the-job skill development sessions to help in this transition. Sessions also cover interpersonal skills, recognition, rewarding systems, pay for performance, team evolution, performance of value flows, measurement and auditing, and more.

How You Succeed

Your team will enhance their understanding of problem-solving, standard work, daily management, and other fundamental Lean ways of working while improving their confidence to lead.

Team Development

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Improving team performance is a must for Lean success. An empowered team-based environment is one in which leaders provide the “what” needs to be done and “why,” and associates are given the support and freedom to determine the “how.”

What We Do

Productivity works closely with you to create the framework for team structures.

How You Succeed

This network of teams, managing daily work, opening and closing projects, and solving problems creates an organic learning environment that keeps your enterprise in motion – continually learning, providing better customer experiences and innovating quickly.

Leaders Need An Effective Management System

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Your management system is the people-side of Lean and governs the “how”. We can assist you in accelerating your company performance by building a dynamic, Lean customer-focused, people-oriented management system to ensure sustainability of all your improvement efforts and keep your enterprise in motion. An effective management system is comprised of two parts:

A High Performance Workplace

Developing an infrastructure composed of networked teams, communication processes, visual management, and information flows. We help you create a high-performance workplace with rapid information feedback loops, accurate data management, skilled people and daily decision-making at the lowest possible operating level. Bringing maximum effectiveness & efficiency.

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Clarity, Sense of Purpose, and Strategy Deployment

Linking leadership aspirations to daily work, Strategic Deployment aligns the total organization to achieve its business and improvement goals. We help you create leadership and management practices, define roles and responsibilities which are necessary to getting a team-based community ready to attack obstacles and opportunities related to growth, margin improvement, system-wide waste elimination, and RONA.


The outcome

Transformational leadership capabilities – strategic alignment – engagement/empowerment – teaching and learning – gemba walks – problem solving – daily management

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We partner with you in the development or refinement of your high-level strategic plan, then to deploy that plan and its objectives within your organization. This will link strategy with daily work, and highlight everyone’s role in the improvement process.

Contact us to learn more about how hoshin kanri and the X-Matrix connects organizational goals to daily work and allows everyone in the organization to understand how their individual efforts contribute.

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Introduction to Hoshin Kanri – Policy Deployment / Strategy Deployment

“Wanted to reach out to you personally to thank you for the excellent training in October. I have used it heavily in my communication to our organization including completing our first bonafide CEDAC yesterday. The mind shift on problem-solving has helped my leadership style and coaching tremendously. Thank you for your excellent program.”

– Heather F., Director of Operations, Composite Advantage

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