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Kent State University at Stark
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton OH 44720

Phone: 330-244-3512
Fax: 330-244-3535

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Special Topics & Webinars

Special Topic: Lean for Frontline Supervisors- Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The overall success of a Lean transformation depends on leadership, especially frontline supervision.  Supervisors are the critical links between management and the people in the workplace.  They are in a key position to lead and create motivation.  And, most importantly, the supervisors are expected to change the current culture into a culture of continuous improvement.
However, despite these management expectations, most organizations give supervisors limited attention.  Supervisors often manage more people than anyone in the company.  Yet receive the least amount of training.  And, it’s not enough to just include supervisors in training.  The Lean training has to be designed specifically for the supervisors.
This one-day workshop focuses on the fundamental challenges the supervisors face in leading a Lean culture change including:

  • Business Case for Lean (What’s-in-it-for-me?)
  • Supervisor (gemba) waste walks and participation in Kaizen Events
  • Quick look at the Lean Toolbox (including 5S, value stream map, standardized work)
  • How to lead team-based problem solving (PDCA)
  • Employee engagement ideas to sustain process improvements
  • Supervisor engagement ideas to help build a culture of continuous improvement


Complimentary Webinar: Supervisory Bootcamp- Wednesday, January 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Have trouble dealing effectively with workplace conflict? Ever feel like you spend too much time going round and round without any resolution?  Keep those boxing gloves off and join Renee Romine for an informative webinar that highlights some commonly used conflict styles. You will walk away with tips on identifying various conflict styles and some handling strategies for times you want to knock someone out. Follow this link to register:

Special Topics Registration

Mona Zink will assist you with your registration. Call 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Special Topics are held on a demand basis and may be canceled due to low enrollment.


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