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Kentucky U.S. Lean Leadership Tours »

Visit Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, GE Appliances, and Summit Polymers February 3-7, 2020. Sold out!

No lean journey is a smooth one; it can be fraught with false starts and stops, misalignment, and misunderstandings. But it can be done, with proper leadership, commitment, and development. This means that going and seeing others on their own journeys can help you, as a leader, start to see what is possible for your company. Fill out the form below or email us at learningtours@lean.org to learn more.

Agenda Overview

Day 1 Kick-Off Reception, meet your coaches and fellow learners 

Day 2 Gemba Walk at GE Appliances 

Day 3 Intro to TPS at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky with TSSC The Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC) 

Day 4 Gemba Walk at Summit Polymers, a Toyota Supplier that TSSC has supported for many years

Day 5 Gemba Learning Reflection

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Midwest U.S. Lean Transformation Learning Tour »

Visit Menlo Innovations, Zingerman's Mail Order, and Cleveland Clinic May 11-15, 2020.

LEI has been providing tours at carefully selected locations creating incredibly valuable learning experiences. We provide more than just the destination, each tour includes pre-tour webinars, a workshop, and a thought leader to guide you through the entire experience

Agenda Overview

Day 1 Kickoff and Understanding Lean Transformation workshop

Day 2 Gemba Walk at Menlo Innovations and Zingerman’s Mail Order 

Day 3 Managing to Learn workshop 

Day 4 Gemba Walk at the Cleveland Clinic 

Day 5 Working session for final reflections and planning next steps Add to your problem-solving A3 in preparation for returning to your organization.

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“I was so impressed. One of the most positive takeaways was interacting with people from different industries; people that I normally wouldn’t have interacted with. I really enjoyed the [Toyota] plant tour. Probably the most impactful time for me was in the huddle room; seeing where the plant president stands every morning at 8.30.”

-David Mannix, Alliance Radiology, senior director, performance excellence


"What a great week of learning!  I am very energized to get back to our Gemba. Appreciate everything LEI did to give us the best Lean learning experience anyone could have. Everyday was filled with great learning. John's wrap up teaching at the end was priceless. I would highly recommend the tour to anyone pursuing TPS."

-Greg Lobsiger, President, Loren's BodyShop, Inc.



"It was especially apparent when we went to Summit Polymers that you don’t need to have big, fancy, sophisticated computer systems … if you really build a robust process and you have people who really understand it well and live it and who do it day-in and day-out, that’s far more effective than just saying, “Oh, here’s software that’s going to solve our problems.”

- Bryan Quick, lean specialist, Ingredion Incorporat


"The training team from LEI was nothing short of amazing. I was completely impressed with the professionalism, knowledge. Helpful nature of this team. Thank you for hosting this. I will go back to Elkay as a much better lean thinker."

-Rorrie Kramer, Assembly Supervisor, Elkay

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