The Center for Lean Learning’s Brad Cairns has teamed with human resource expert Bobby Lewis of Perspective Approach, to develop a brand new conference track emphasizing the human resource quotient of Lean Management operations. Cairns, who also operates cabinetry firm Signature Wood Systems, and Lewis (a manager at Allmoxy, and at Lewis Cabinets) will show how Lean Management can improve employee engagement and productivity – reducing remakes and errors in fulfillment, delivery and installation of projects.
“Just try to calculate the cost of leaving one component of a closet or cabinet project off the truck,” says Cairns. The two presenters will explain how lean management can solidify buy-in to your business's goals.
Five sessions will provide a crash-course in lean principles, with an emphasis on workforce engagement and development. Using the principles of lean management, you will come away with a host of ideas that will improve your business immediately. The five sessions will also lead to a plant tour at the end of the day, to Inter Ocean Cabinet Company, so you can see lean principles put into action.
1. We are too small
2. Lean is just a craze
3. We're busy and don't have time for Lean
4. Lean is too expensive
5. We don't have the math skills it requires
The Lean Management Conference track will be delivered by Bobby Lewis of Perspectives Approach and Brad Cairns of the Center for Lean Learning on April 11, as part of Cabinets & Closets Expo, April 11-13, 2017. "Taking business tio the nexxt level" is the recurring theme for the three-track Cabinets & Closets Conference in Chicago (Schaumburg).
- Closets: Growing a Profitable Business, produced in partnership with the Association for Closets & Storage Professionals;
- Cabinets: Power Up Your Business, developed with the Cabinet Makers Association; and
- Lean Management, a five-session focus on reducing waste and improving profit margins that applies to any business.