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Oct 16

Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

$375.00 – $475.00

Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI) applies to managers, leads and team members in customer service, production, purchasing, scheduling and marketing. Anyone who is interested in more engagement and empowering people should attend. Learn how to help generate a team environment with a focus on what is important, getting key performance results within a few months. Along with demonstrating how management can connect to real world problems, learn how to create a management system for your environment that focuses on what is important to your people.


This workshop is a learn and see format. The morning will consist of classroom training and after lunch we will apply MDI and create MDI boards based on the host company’s key performance indicators. The MDI process can create great communications and help align people to common goals.

Your presenter:

Dave Sorenson, President and Founder
Lean Culture, Inc.

Dave has more than 30 years’ experience successfully implementing business improvement through lean and six-sigma methodology for many companies spanning multiple industries.

During the early and mid-80s, Dave worked directly with Dr. Richard Schonberger on several major JIT projects at Tennant Company – a Minneapolis based manufacturer.  During his career at Tennant he was also able to support Phil Crosby as he helped the organization create a culture of continuous improvement through Crosby’s well-known Zero Defects quality philosophy.

As a Focused Factory Manager for Donaldson Company, he brought together his lean expertise and the implementation methodology of kaizen and led their first kaizen blitz in 1992.  Since then he has facilitated several hundred successful events. Through his leadership as General Manager / Director of Operations at Nortel Networks in Nashville, the organization employed lean thinking to implement continuous flow and slashed lead times by over 75%.  This reduced inventory levels, improved product quality, increased customer satisfaction and resulted in recognition as a finalist for America’s Best Plants Award from Industry Week magazine.

Dave joined St. Jude Medical as Senior Director of Continuous Improvement, and over the next several years initiated improvement activities that resulted in dramatic bottom-line results.  During this time, St. Jude was able to hold manufacturing spending level while increasing output by more than 25% each year. He has led successful lean transformations in first-tier automotive supply, telecom, contract-electronics manufacturing, multiple printing and process industries, construction, health care, and in the medical device industry.  Dave has presented at national and local conferences on Lean and Lean Sigma applications in the medical device industry and the “people-side of lean” at leadership workshops.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and has completed several graduate courses in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.  He is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) and a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Lean Culture Inc. is committed to help their clients discover, implement and realize the benefits by applying Lean principles and Six Sigma improvement methodologies. The approach brings together both learning and hands-on application at the gemba to ensure process owners implement changes quickly and improvements are sustained. Lean Culture also guides client leadership teams as they create a culture that supports and promotes continuous; continuous improvement through leader actions and commitment.



Who's Attending

4 people are attending Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)

  • Jay Anderson
  • Trent Carlson
  • Joe Adamo
  • Becki Schultz


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Monday, October 16, 2017
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
$375.00 – $475.00
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Tidi Products
570 Enterprise Drive
Neenah, 54956 United States
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