University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services 
Intermediate level
Advanced level

Reflections on leading in a lean environment


Hear about an executive’s real-life experiences in learning and leading lean and lean transformation. There is no substitution for living through the trials, failures, and successes of culture transformation. Consultants may guide an organization’s journey but ultimately are not responsible. Responsibility must be assumed by executive leadership.

You will learn about:

  • Linkage between world-class leadership and leaders in a lean environment
  • Attributes and traits of leaders in a lean environment
  • Culture is a result
  • Leader standard work
  • Examples in several industry segments of leadership guiding change


  • See examples illustrating common mistakes to avoid
  • Learn how lean leadership transcends industry segments and the organization
Presenter: Michael Codega

Michael Codega serves as the managing solutions consultant for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services in Memphis, TN. He engages with industry collaborating with national, state, and regional resources assisting organizations in improving profitability, business effectiveness, and providing resources to insure a safe and healthy workplace. 

Codega has over 40 years of experience as a senior executive and consultant working across North America and internationally. He has broad experience across several industry segments including internet retail with Amazon, durable construction materials with Marvin Windows and Doors, Tier 1 automotive with Denso, consumer products, and medical devices with Bausch & Lomb.

He has directed or advised on lean cultural transformation, six sigma deployments, organization assessment, leadership development, and strategic planning. Codega's consulting firm delivered business excellence solutions for clients, performed due diligence, and acted as interim COO/CEO for private equity firms. He has studied lean continual improvement methods in Japan.

Companies he supported have been selected as benchmarks by professional associations, leading industry organizations, as well as regional and state organizations for business excellence and community support.

Codega has a B.S. and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has served on the advisory boards of multiple education institutions including University of Minnesota Carlson School Supply Chain and Consulting Enterprise, AME, TN Workforce 2000, West TN Manufacturing Leaders Network, and West TN Advanced Technical College. He also is past conference speaker and panel member multiple events.