Many would agree that the biggest challenge in creating a continuous improvement culture is sustainability. When new initiatives fail, fizzle out, or die on the vine, trust is broken, making the next initiatives even harder to implement and sustain. This cycle of dying initiatives frustrates leaders and employees alike and it hinders long-term organizational performance. To overcome this, we first have to overcome the broken trust – flavor of the month perception of the past. We do this by focusing on two primary areas: leadership and methods. In this session, Matt breaks down the type of leadership necessary to “win the hearts and commitment” of team members. Second, he shares proven methods to utilize that will foster and support a sustainable continuous improvement culture, overcoming the barriers that have caused many to lose confidence or to stop trying altogether.
Matt Ohrt- Merrill Steel
Matt’s unique background has afforded him insight and opportunity to lead strategically, and in a way that change is accepted and embraced. His experience includes roles in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Adjunct Teaching, Training and Facilitation, and Lean Manufacturing. Matt started his career in the auto manufacturing industry with Tenneco Automotive, a tier one Toyota supplier and then transitioned to Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, KY. In Georgetown, he had the opportunity to experience first-hand the Toyota Production System (TPS) and Toyota’s unique approach to Human Resources. Matt’s other experience includes time with Badger Mining Corporation as Director of Team and Culture – a Fortune #1 Great Place to Work, and at Ariens Company as Director, People and Culture in which he led the company’s effort in Lean Manufacturing. Currently, he is at Merrill Steel in Schofield, serving as the Director of Human Resources. Matt and his wife Denise of 23 years have four children and three foster children. Most recently, Matt and his wife Denise founded NOAH – Neighbors Offering a Hand, which is a non-profit organization that collects, cleans, stores, and distributes children’s clothing, toys, and equipment and offers it free to foster parents for the care of foster children.