Lean Leadership Visioning Tour

Watch for the tour of southeast Michigan again this coming August.   

The 11-12 August Lean Leadership Visioning Tour to Ann Arbor and Dearborn, Michigan was a huge success!

The Maryland World Class Consortia hosted a re-launched and redesigned study tour going inside some of the leading lean companies of Southeastern Michigan.  This two-day trip was designed to inspire and inform C-level executives, managers, and the designers/directors of company lean transformation efforts. 

Tour stops includes:

Menlo Innovations: A study in employee-centric culture, customer focus, lean leadership and lean project management.

Zingerman’s Mail Order: Superior examples of standard work and training, mixed-model flow, and visual control.

Maker Works: A lean, member-based workshop for small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and makers.

Leadership Breakfast: Lean leadership chat with Mike Rother, researcher and author of Learning to See and Toyota Kata.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Visit SME Headquarters to learn about products and services to support lean transformation.

Ford Rouge Plant Tour: A birds-eye view of lean and green manufacturing on the site of Henry Ford’s crowning achievement

The tour was open to the general public.  All meals, ground transportation between tour facilities, hotel, and tour fees, were included.  (Price excluded airfare and one-way transportation from Detroit Metro Airport to the meeting hotel nearby.)

Agenda and details of each tour stop are available in the event brochure.



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