Seminar & Webinar Archive

Leverage the best practices and improvement experiences of your peers on-demand. Educational Webinars are complimentary for members, under 60 minutes, and include the Q&A. Webinar and Seminar links are available for up to one year after the date of the presentation.


"Manufacturers Alliance 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: Tools For Finding the Real Root Cause - March 2017
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 - Feb 2017
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 - Jan 2017
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 - Dec 2016
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 - Nov 2016
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 - Nov 2016 
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 - Oct 2016
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 - Oct 2016
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 - Sept 2016
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 - Aug 2016
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 - Aug 2016
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 - Jul 2016
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  - Jun 2016
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 - May 2016
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 - Apr 2016
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 - Mar 2016 
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 Feb 2016
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: Staffing for Lean Success - Feb 2016
How many champions do you need to succeed? Including Lean training in onboarding sends a strong message about your culture. Learn how your peers are developing internal problem solvers to lead and sustain continuous improvement.

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Seminar: Finding the Best Talent - Jan 2016
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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Seminar: Lean Material Flow - Jan 2016
How can you get your inventory turning faster?
Call it what you like: from “inventory velocity” to “eliminating waste”, we all want our materials to flow smoothly and quickly to the customer. Inventory ties up money while in a balancing act with customer satisfaction. We have many tools to work with: kanbans and supermarkets, water spiders and point-of-use storage, Vendor Managed Inventory and MRP, to name a few. Learn about effective inventory management and continuous material flow.

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Seminar: What Does the Next Workforce Look Like? - Nov 2015
Stop and consider how many of your employees will retire in the next 5-10 years. Have you thought about who will replace them, where they will come from and what skills will be required to perform the work in 2020 and beyond? Where the work is done is evolving, and on-the-job training may be delivered in very different ways than it is today. Join your peers to hear their plans for attracting and accommodating the workforce of the future.

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Seminar: Key Performance Indicators with Impact - Nov 2015
Practitioners agree that “you get what you measure,” but how do you decide which metrics will support company goals? Too many goals lead to conflict; too few fail to direct behavior; and the wrong ones waste valuable resources. Hear from your peers on how they selected metrics that matter and how they measure performance, assign ownership and communicate them to staff.

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Seminar: Safety and the Temp Workforce - Oct 2015
It’s a common issue- where do we put the new guys or gals? You want to get temps up to speed and contributing as soon as possible, without endangering themselves or others. Who is responsible to properly review all critical safety policies, procedures and PPE? What language and cultural barriers need to be addressed? Statistics show that many companies need significant work in this area, as first day injuries and even fatalities among temporary workers are far too common. Join us to hear ways your peers are making sure that everyone starts safe and stays safe, every day.

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Webinar: Rethinking Incentives and Rewards
- Apr 2015
Focusing only on competitive pay won’t always get and keep the best employees. If your company hasn’t explored options and non-traditional thinking when it comes to benefits design, you could be missing the boat. As our workforce becomes even more diverse and new technologies change the way that work is done, employees expect to be motivated accordingly. To change the way today’s and tomorrow’s key talent views manufacturing as a career, we need to think beyond what worked for previous generations.

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