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Cheryl Jekiel

Cheryl Jekiel

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Inc.

Cheryl M. Jekiel oversees the Lean Leadership Resource Center, which provides access to a range of materials for lean enterprises, including special components for lean cultures, general lean leadership development and Human Resources leaders.

With over 25 years of manufacturing experience, most recently Ms Jekiel has held Vice President of Human Resources positions for Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc., FONA International, Inc. and Flying Food Group, LLC. Ms. Jekiel served for five years as the Chief Operating Officer after a number of other leadership roles at a Specialty Bakery in the Chicagoland area.  Ms. Jekiel has developed an expertise in Lean manufacturing with a particular focus on Lean cultures. Ms. Jekiel has made countless significant improvements in reducing operating costs and leveraging a Lean culture to obtain stronger and sustainable results.

Ms. Jekiel brings a tremendous passion for continuous improvement in her commitment to building Lean HR as a recognized field of work and is the author of “Lean Human Resources: Redesigning HR Processes for a Lean Culture”.

Articles by Cheryl Jekiel
Soliciting Suggestions in Ways That Don't Backfire
Sometimes well-intentioned lean activities like asking for suggestions can backfire; Cheryl Jekiel shares specific ways to prevent mishandling ideas from your people. More »
Confessions of an Aspiring Coach
What I have found most striking about how managers approach building their coaching skills is the need to be more vulnerable with each other about this challenge. The greatest progress seems to come when managers are able to look to each other for more support and ideas for how to redirect years of patterned behavior. More »
HR Strategies for Successful and Sustainable Lean Transformations
The interest in strengthening employee engagement is sometimes considered a separate topic from lean transformations. Cheryl Jekiel, who has over 25 years of experience in HR and lean implementations, offers practical tips on how to create engagement with lean activities. More »