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The Value-Adding Lean CEO

A free webinar plus Q&A with Art Byrne,author of The Lean Turnaround
and legendary lean leader of 30 transformations — and counting!


December 11, 2012, from 2:00 PM Eastern to 3:00 PM EDT
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"Art Byrne has learned more about creative change than any CEO I have encountered - many with big names - over the past 30 years."

– Jim Womack, LEI founder and senior advisor, in the Foreword to Lean Turnaround.

To most CEOs turning around a business means major head-count reductions, selling or closing the weakest part of the company, selling off excess assets, reducing debt, increasing short-term earnings, etc., etc.

Art Byrne found a better way - rethink value from the standpoint of your customer and involve people in relentlessly finding and eliminating waste in every value-adding activity.

In this free webinar, Art, who learned lean principles from managers working directly for Taiichi Ohno at Toyota, will share the method he developed for managing the overall transformation process, combing lean management, some traditional management, and – in his words - "a lot of common sense."

Here's what Art will cover before taking your questions:

  • Why the traditional management approach to running a business gets strategy exactly backwards
  • Why lean is a time-based growth strategy that can turn around any company in any business
  • The essential principle that must be the foundational core of your lean strategy
  • Is your lean turnaround failing? Focus like a laser on these 3 lean management principals
  • 4 rules for transforming people, the only business asset that appreciates
  • The 4 most important lean principles a leader absolutely must master
  • How to leverage lean in the marketplace

No one can describe the "how-tos" of a lean transformation with the authority or tinnient clarity of Art Byrne. Don't miss this chance to learn what he has learned during his career and how you can achieve similar results.

The Value-Adding Lean CEO
with Art Byrne
2:00 PM Eastern Time Zone Conversion
estimated duration: one hour

About the Presenter:

Art Byrne

Art ByrneArt Byrne is an Operating Partner with J.W. Childs Associates, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of middle-market growth companies, where he leads the implementation of lean management at Childs' portfolio companies.

Keep learning about lean transformation models after the webinar. Art Byrne and other lean leaders will explain their models at LEI's Lean Transformation Summit, March 13-14, 2013. Register today for the Summit to save $350 »

While serving as CEO or an equivalent position, Byrne implemented lean principles in more than 30 companies (including subsidiaries) and 14 countries during the past 30 years, giving him a matchless knowledge of how to turn around companies using a lean strategy. Byrne began his lean journey as general manager at the General Electric Company.  Later, as group executive, he helped introduce lean to the Danaher Corporation. As CEO of The Wiremold Company he quadrupled the company size and increased its enterprise value by 2,500% in less than 10 years.

Byrne holds a bachelor's in economics from Boston College and a master's from Babson College. He also serves as a board member of the Shingo Prize.