Teacher/Coach, Lean Enterprise Institute
Margie’s teaching and coaching focus is organizational effectiveness and lean thinking / continuous improvement. For over thirty years, she has helped executives and senior leaders recognize their changing roles and responsibilities in complex systems. By providing frameworks for thinking and learning, and evidence-based structures for practice, she supports leaders in identifying and developing appropriate behaviors and skills for leading and creating an organization filled with competent, confident problem solvers.
For eighteen years, Margie worked as a global internal consultant for Ford Motor Company at all levels within the organization — from team leaders to the COO — in product development, design, and manufacturing.
Since 2005, Margie has worked in many leading service and manufacturing industries, including healthcare, PreK-12 education, distribution, food service, and transportation/mobility. Her work has included university programs in leadership development, Lean Thinking, and organizational learning. Margie’s ongoing community work focuses on hunger relief and land conservation.
Clients invariably learn to appreciate Margie’s ability to quickly assess leadership qualities, identify issues of misalignment among management, and recognize disconnects between agreed-to policies and principles and actual daily behaviors. She embodies the belief that an intentional, balanced focus on both the social and technical components in complex systems is essential for the long-term effectiveness of any improvement efforts.
Margie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Butler University, Indiana, and a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University.