Seminar & Webinar Archive

Leverage the best practices and improvement experiences of your peers on-demand. Educational Seminars and Webinars are complimentary for members. The videos are password protected. Contact Sue Moldenhauer at suem@mfrall.com for the password to view the videos.


"Manufacturers Alliance Seminars and Webinars provide great information on what others are doing, I've pulled away several ideas to use at work thanks to the expert presenters." 

Lisa Mingo
Human Resources
KEB Amercia, Inc.

 

Seminar: Gemba Walks
Behaviors help or hinder your lean journey, Gemba Walks are a great way to ensure they help! Gemba Walks help leaders recognize issues on the floor, understand the context of problems, and provide day-to-day coaching. Learn from experienced peers during our presentations, Q&A, and networking - what has worked and what hasn’t so you can effectively develop your own Gemba Walks. Presented by Mike Deason with Nor-Lake, Inc., Jeff Morin at Herold Precision Metals, and Lorena Grimm at Wabash National

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Seminar: Improvement Cultures that Last
Progressive manufacturers reach world-class results by embedding continuous improvement into the culture. To do this, leaders must develop lasting systems to drive behavior that shapes company culture. Don’t get caught up in the flavor of the month effort, avoid focusing on the application of tools alone, and overcome the “this too shall pass” mentality. Presented by Lee Zachman, rms Company; Leigh Erickson, Honeywell; and Chris Lawless, Wilson Tool.

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Seminar: Improving Equipment Reliability
Engaging your maintenance, engineering, and production employees in a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) program will help ensure equipment is safe and working correctly when you need it. It will also help minimize equipment breakdowns, defects, and parts needing to be reworked. This Seminar features Lawrence Harer with Eaton Corporation, Kelly Pearson with The Toro Company, and Doug Meyer with 3M.

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Seminar: Working Effectively with Communication Styles
Regardless of exact title effective leaders understand the communication styles of people on their teams so they can reduce tension and increase focus on solving problems and improving processes. Hear peer presenters share their personal experiences and answer questions to help improve your teams cohesiveness. Presented by Lisa Kraft-Kujawa, Schwing America; Rodney Wood, MDI; and Erin Jauert, Sil-Pro.

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Seminar: Tools For Finding the Real Root Cause
Fixing an issue quickly is easier than understanding why it happened. Identifying the true cause may involve a team or several tools - from simple but effective “5 whys” to more extensive 8D or 8-Step methods. Learn from the presenters of what worked well, what didn't, and why.

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Seminar: Effectively Leading Change
It takes trust to guide and support significant change. How do you communicate why the change is important, address the inevitable challenges and inspire others to follow you through the transformation, so commitment doesn’t go off track? Learn how other leaders have dealt with fear and resistance, encouraged positive behaviors, and gleaned the best ideas from their whole team.

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Seminar: Making Knowledge Transfer Work
When employees leave or retire, they take relationships, know-how and resources with them, perhaps not even realizing the impact. Why risk the loss of critical business information, when there is a proven process to capture "what we don't know they know?"

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Webinar: Set Up Reduction
With efficient Set Up Reduction methods, you can cut setup times dramatically! Hear and see how your peers are using SMED principles to reduce non-value added steps and increase labor efficiency to improve profit margins and satisfy customer demands.

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Seminar: Communication Across Different Cultures
How do you ensure the meaning is clear, safety is addressed, respect is conveyed, anxiety is reduced and important messages are heard by all? Learn how your peers are engaging an increasingly diverse workforce.

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Seminar: Quick Wins & Continuous Improvement Systems 
Don't wait for the Kaizen event. Don't limit employee suggestions to an exhaustive review and approval process. Empower your workforce by removing barriers to implementing improvements and they will impact your bottom line. Learn what Lean systems are working to keep everyone on the same improvement trace.

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Webinar: A3 Problem Solving
Capture a story with this simple but powerful format. A3's are a closed-loop tool with built-in PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act). See the problem, assign resources and actions, then develop countermeasures so you stay within scope and on schedule.

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Seminar: Standard Work for Sales
If you can’t put a metric on relationship building, how do you know your Sales team is spending their time and budget effectively? Even your top performers know the Sales cycle can go off track, and some customers will never close the deal. Learn what a Standard Sales Process can do to keep good customers satisfied, and know when to move on.

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Seminar: Performance Metrics With Purpose
If we usually rely on “gut feel” but want solid proof efforts are headed in the right direction, we need to measure what matters. Margins, turns, efficiencies, up time, yields, deliveries and customer satisfaction may all be baselined to give us a starting point. Effectively communicating performance is as important as gathering the right data. Knowing what actions are needed should be transparent as well.  

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Webinar: Modern Day Kaizen Events
With the right cross-functional team, focused commitment and management support, a Kaizen event provides a structured process to discover, decide and act on needed improvements.

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Seminar: 5S and Visual Management
Customers appreciate an environment that shows pride, and know at first glance if they enter a plant that is organized and well-maintained. Gain the competitive advantage of a factory showplace and feel the impact of workplace discipline with these Lean tools. Be "tour ready" every day!

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Seminar: Coaching for Daily Improvement
Effective leadership coaching can unleash positive growth in employees and help us to find untapped potential. The “old-school” direct management style won’t elicit great ideas from your workforce. Stretch your capacity to actively listen, influence, and clarify vision and goals, while you get out of the way of problem solvers and improved results.

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Seminar: Lessons Learned from Merging Cultures
Combining two unique cultures is challenging whether you are bringing together different teams, departments, shifts, or plant locations. Questions come up when you consider the change: What will be our major barriers to success? What will unite us as one? Change does not come easily and old habits and behaviors that constitute "the way we've always done it" need to be addressed.


 

 

Seminar: Forward Thinking Product Planning
The product roadmap is a strategic document to communicate and guide the product development vision. You won't lose the big picture if you include flexibility to allow for revision when opportunities arise. Learn how to balance structure and creativity, and identify new markets. 


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Webinar: Design and Deliver Competitive Compensation
What tools may be used to achieve your company’s compensation strategy? Recognizing individual and team performance with an equitable balance of base and incentive pay is critical for today’s labor market.

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Seminar: Fact-Based Decision Making
Paralysis of analysis is a real possibility when we are able to collect and format whatever we deem important. So, how do we sort out the critical stuff quickly so decisions may be made with the best data? Learn what your peers do to sort and streamline the flow of knowledge, in an understandable format, to those who need it most.
 

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Webinar: Creating a Confident Safety Culture
A culture committed to safety will lower workers compensation costs, instill good relationships with regulatory agencies and customers, and support an engaged and innovative workforce. Learn what it takes build an effective and sustainable safety program.

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Seminar: Finding the Best Talent
If 30% of full-time workers are considering their next move, what are some methods your company can use to attract their full attention? Posting key openings on a few job sites and hoping the right candidate sees them doesn’t cut it anymore.Join your peers to hear what leading strategies are working for them to ensure they don’t lose the interest of high-talent prospects.

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