Ever since Toyota made great strides in business performance using their ‘Lean’ approach the manufacturing industry has been trying to work out more about ‘Lean’ and how to capitalise on this approach.

Founder of Unleash & Engage Mark Gregory developed his early career at Toyota where he undertook their renown ‘Lean’ programme in Japan. Now a leading authority on ‘Lean’, Mark works closely with large organisations to help them understand Lean and achieve sustainable operational excellence.

Speaking at the Lean European Manufacturing Conference, Mark’s ‘Lean Engagement’ keynote presentation dispelled the common myths about ‘Lean’ providing powerful insights into ‘Lean’ as an employee engagement philosophy.  Giving clear examples of the work Unleash & Engage do using ‘Lean’ philosophy to help large complex organisations achieve true engagement and how this is a key enabler to sustainable operational excellence.

When Mark talks about ‘Lean’ it’s always a great success.  If you want to know more about ‘Lean Engagement’ and what this means in relation to Sustainable Operational Excellence, then please contact Mark Gregory

 

 

Founder of Unleash & Engage Mark Gregory has extensive business transformation experience, developing his early career at Toyota; often considered the leading exemplar of Lean in the world.

Participating in their renown Lean Philosophy programme, Mark has continued his work with Toyota and was asked to provide a Keynote motivational speech on Engagement and Change through Lean to Toyota Sales & Marketing teams across Europe.

Mark will tell you that the things you read about Lean are in the main incomplete in understanding and don’t reflect the undeniably successful Toyota approach to Lean, which at its heart centers on engagement not just process.

When Mark talks about Lean it’s always a great success and through his presentation he covers:

  • Practical insights in leading engagement and change through lean
  • Difference
  • Logic & Emotion
  • Involvement
  • Engage & Communicate
  • New Habits
  • Loneliness
  • The connection between lean and change.

If you want to find the real story on Lean and how this approach is part of achieving sustainable operational excellence, please contact Mark Gregory

 

Article by Mark Gregory:

So engage the employee and it makes a difference to your customer which makes a difference to your profit. Not rocket science I hear you say! Agreed. So why don’t you do it then or worse why do you pretend you do it?

A service culture at its heart must be an engaging culture; a culture whereby every internal customer must be engaged as a whole person. This means equipping our people managers and leaders to think and behave differently and use the lean tools as customer service tools. When I help organisations embed a lean philosophy my advice is generally to think of the lean tools as an engagement vehicle and the improvement interventions as an opportunity to engender greater levels of employee engagement first and improve the business secondly. When we do this we obtain more of the whole person. The more we tap the whole person, the individual, the more engagement we obtain. Back to the Sears proposition.

So what about employee engagement mapping instead of value stream mapping or visual engagement instead of visual factory or leader prevention training instead of accident prevention training. I also often hear those who work in the field of lean philosophy talk about empowering the staff. Just imagine how easy that would be if we focus on the person before the process.

For those of you that are still not quite there and are thinking, “that’s not the real world the answer is simple, if you are not careful the internal customer is only doing what you want on the outside and my experience suggests what’s on the inside eventually appears on the outside. I am not saying this is easy as those who have tried leadership and engagement will tell you it is relentless and unforgiving, but we should be familiar with this as that’s what customer loyalty is like.

As Alan Jones, Chairman Emeritus of Toyota UK said, “Wherever you work, your job as a manager is to make your people the very best they can be – and usually they don’t know just how good they could be. It’s individuals that make the difference. For Toyota, this approach is not based on altruism – though it is based on a profound respect for its members. It is predicated on the firm belief that the most valuable asset the company has is its people, and that enabling them to have an intellectual and emotional relationship with their work, as well as a financial stake in the success of the company, is the key to continuous product and productivity improvement from the shop floor to the boardroom. Toyota’s people are their competitive advantage.”

So who is the real customer really?

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