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Chris Vogel

Chris Vogel

Compass Affiliates.
Prior to joining LEI faculty, Chris worked for Wells Fargo as Divisional Operations Senior Vice President. During his last 10 years at Wells Fargo, he focused on forming a new division based on the blend of lean principles, culture and tools. Over a 5-year period, this division achieved the following results: Productivity Increase 136%, Lead Time Reduction 65%, Quality Increase 54%, Annualized Team Member Turnover of less than 6%. The Wells Fargo lean transformation included institutionalizing a lean learning model, establishing standardized work and process flow, integrating employee process improvement, transforming the management culture from directive / hierarchal to Socratic problem solving, standardized work for leadership, and making office processes visible and visual. Chris currently works directly with business leaders to drive customer value using the principles and tools of lean through his company Compass Affiliates.
Articles by Chris Vogel
Advice from the Gemba: Keeping Senior Leadership Committed
The cost savings of lean are not always apparent in the short term. If your senior leadership was skeptical going into the transformation, this situation can easily make them lose confidence and pull the plug. What's the best way to keep them onboard and committed? Three lean practitioners share their thoughts. More »
The Problem of Partial Participation: Why Failing to Fully Commit to Lean Is Not An Option. An Interview with Chris Vogel
It's surprising how many lean implementations fail due to an organization's employees not fully embracing the idea. There are many root causes of this common problem, but Chris Vogel points the finger at flawed leadership. Read more on the problems with partial participation in lean and how a simple change in leadership style can resolve it. More »
Three Types of Lean
"We’ve all heard 'Lean is great for 'that' company, but not for the business I lead,'" says Chris Vogel. Learn more about applying lean thinking in a manufacturing environment, a service environment, and in sectors that are mostly about decision making. More »
Workshops Taught by Chris Vogel
Lean Journey Self-Assessment Tool Whether you are starting out, strengthening, or reinvigorating your lean efforts within your organization this workshop will provide you with a tool to better understand where you are today and what your future can look like. More »
Lean Leadership: Through the Transformation and Beyond The purpose of this interactive one-day program is to facilitate a discussion with senior leaders about the challenges and obstacles they face implementing change relative to the lean transformation. The program will further address the roles, responsibilities and competencies of senior leaders that support the implementation of lean. More »