Johnsonville Sausage 
Beginner level
Value Stream 1 Engaged People

LEAN - Leader Engagement Absolutely Needed

Leader engagement is the key to improvement sustainability
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Location Code
11:00am-12:00pm Dallas Ballroom A, 1st floor WP/25

Review the five lean leadership actions. Hear how words and actions need to align. Discover the four key principles to build an engaged work force around continuous improvement.


Many organizations feel that a robust use of continuous improvement tools is what is needed to drive sustainability of improvements. Hear why senior leadership engagement is critical to the success and sustainability of an improvement program. Learn about the five lean leader actions: Leaders must be teachers; build tension, not stress; eliminate fear and discomfort; lead through visible participation, not proclamation; build lean into person practices.


Johnsonville Sausage was founded in 1945 by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, who opened a butcher shop named after their small hometown of Johnsonville, WI. Over the last 70 years, the brand has grown to become the No. 1 national sausage brand and features brats, smoked-cooked links, meatballs and summer sausage. Today, Johnsonville products are available in all 50 states and 40 countries.

Presenter: Steve Sorenson

Steve Sorenson is the continuous improvement coach at Johnsonville Sausage and has extensive experience with all aspects of people development and coaching, from working with individuals to large groups. He has a solid background in lean facilitation and implementation, with good knowledge of lean principles and tools. Sorenson believes that becoming a lean organization is 20 percent the lean six sigma tools that an organization adopts to deliver operational efficiency and 80 percent the culture an organization creates.