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The magic pill – lean culture

Creating and sustaining your lean transformation


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 7 Location Code
9:15am-10:15am Regency Ballroom B, West Tower, Ballroom Level ThS/37



Discover what has been done successfully ... and not so successfully ... on lean transformations.


How do we drive lean transformation? How do we 'empower' employees? How do we display culture in tangible ways? These are the underlying challenges continually seen in lean transformations, even if they aren't verbalized. This sessions will provide information on what has worked, what hasn't, and why?


Steel Partners is a diversified global holding company with operations in diversified industrial products, energy, defense, supply chain management and logistics, banking and youth sports. It works with companies to increase long-term corporate value for all of its stakeholders and shareholders utilizing Steel Partners Operational Excellence Programs, the Steel Partners Purchasing Council, Steel Partners Corporate Services, balance sheet improvements, capital allocation policies and growth initiatives. All of its programs are focused on helping SPLP companies strengthen their competitive advantage and increase their profitability, while enabling them to achieve operational excellence and enhanced customer satisfaction.

Presenter: Michael Thelen

Michael Thelen is SBS manager at Steel Partners. For 20 years, he has journeyed down a lean path. Guiding lean systems (utilizing strategic deployment and a lean management model) and showing respect for people, he has led improvements from front-line supervision to organizational lean leadership and consulting roles. In addition to training and coaching all levels of an organization, Thelen also works with local educational and civic organizations to share the concepts and theories of continuous improvement to a broader audience. He founded the Aberdeen Lean Forum in 2007 and the Siouxland Lean Consortium in 2011, which is preparing for its sixth annual conference in 2019.