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People Systems: A Component of the Lean Management System (2 Day Class)

At the end of this workshop, you will be knowledgeable in:

  • The characteristics of Lean organizations
  • The most critical components of People Systems that affect targeted lean behaviors
  • The competencies required in a Lean thinking organization, how they can best be integrated into the Lean transformation process, and managed long term
  • Subordinate development methods consistent with Lean leadership behaviors
  • The phases of the employee life cycle and how to observe “markers” that drive Lean thinking behaviors
  • Draw practical connections among the 6 elements of the Lean Management System inherent in a functioning lean thinking organization
  • Learn how to identify and close gaps specific to People Systems and strategies for a successful lean transformation




While process improvements and leader standard work can yield great benefit on their own; truly significant, sustainable, breakthrough improvements are made when we align our people systems with the behaviors we expect of the workforce.  Without this alignment, it is fraught with potential pitfalls and ambiguity.  However, when we employ a structured approach that aligns our people systems and the expected behaviors, we are able to create the ideal work environment in a practical, safe, and predictable manner.

This two -day course teaches a critical element of the Lean Management System which encompasses a critical examination of the policies, practices, and systems that motivate people to think on behalf of the company. A unique characteristic of Lean is the capture of the hearts and minds of the organization to have everyone every day think about how carry out their work more effectively, aligning people systems to this goal is a requirement for success.





This course will walk participants through what we call the “People Value Stream” starting from the time a person is attracted to join the organization until they disengage, and all stages in between. Each of these stages contain critical milestone events that have large impact on the expectations of the individual as well as their perceptions of the organization's expectations of them. Participants will learn to identify and close gaps between the current state and the desired future state, as well as strategies for effectively closing those gaps. Exercises are included to relate the materials to your own organization and potential opportunities to affect improvement.    




Who Should Attend:

  • HR professionals that are part of an broad organizational lean transformation
  • Executive and other senior leadership responsible for improving business performance utilizing Lean transformation
  • Other professionals in the field of Organizational Design, Organization Effectiveness, Change Agents, Process Engineers, and/or Lean Leaders
  • Steering Committees / cross-functional teams tasked with transforming their organization
Kathi Hanley Kathi Hanley
Kathi Hanley is committed to increasing the capability of organizations to rapidly develop the skills required to make significant improvements in operational effectiveness. She has spent the past twenty years involved in developing and implementing initiatives that have significantly improved the capability of companies to meet the competitive challenges of successfully doing business in today’s global economy. Kathi works with executives and managers to develop Human Resource strategies and implementation plans that will assure that the organization will achieve and sustain the cultural change required to meet higher performance expectations of a Lean transformation. Kathi is the unique Human Resources coach that has actually been there and understands the scope of change that must happen in an organization to successfully implement Lean and achieve results. She has helped out clients develop and execute HR strategies that enable the leadership modeling and culture required of a successful Lean transformation. Kathi holds a graduate degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Social Work.
Joe Murli Joe Murli
The Murli Group
Joe has developed the knowledge of lean concepts and principles over the past 18 years while he held senior leadership positions in domestic and international settings. Through extensive coaching by retired executives from Toyota Motor Company in the early 90’s, Joe developed an aptitude for maximizing product velocity and managing operations through simple visual means. This knowledge was further applied as Joe became General Manager of Chengdu Aerotech, China’s first aviation industry joint venture, and was able to integrate the elements of strategy deployment, organizational development, facility design and Lean into one cohesive business management approach. As Director of North American Operations for Ensign Bickford, he led the Company to win the Shingo Prize for operational excellence. He effectively utilized his knowledge of lean manufacturing to help Sterling Collision Centers grow from a startup to a company with 50 locations nationally (now part of Allstate Insurance Company). As Vice President of Manufacturing for the Kamatics division of Kaman Corporation, he restructured operations to double on-time delivery performance while reducing lead times by 88% for 2/3 of products. Since 2003 The Murli Group LLC has been helping clients achieve superior operating gains through the transformation process of Lean Management Systems. Joe has undergraduate degrees in Manufacturing Engineering and Accounting from the State University of New York, and Post University respectively. Additionally, he holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

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To maximize your learning experience we recommend that prior to attending this program you take following workshops or have a good understanding of the concepts presented within them.
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Price: $1,600.00 ($1,400.00 if the participant is taking 2 or more workshops at one location)
Price includes all participant materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day

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