2013-Feb: Atlanta Chapter Meeting

Sandy Springs, GA

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The Operational Excellence Society is happy to announce the next meeting for the Atlanta Chapter on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013.  Please feel free to share this opportunity to your professional network, refer a colleague or, better yet, Bring a Friend!

Ian KowalskiSpeaker: Ian Kowalski – Supply Chain Director, LT Lehigh Technologies

Ian Kowalski began his career in the R&D of advanced composite materials.  He applied the scientific problem solving process in the high tech world of aerospace and commercial sporting goods.  His career developed to include functional experience in Quality, Customer Technical Service, Marketing, IT, and the Supply Chain through a succession of Fortune 100 companies including Union Carbide, Amoco, BP, and Solvay.  He spent the past 17 years leading cross functional teams to improve business processes achieving reduced costs, improved quality, revenue growth, decreased lead-time, and increased customer satisfaction.  More recently Ian led a lean transformation at Solvay Advanced Polymers, a 1500 employee division of Solvay with plants on 3 continents.  Most recently, Ian led the Supply Chain at Lehigh Technologies where he was also responsible for creating lean flow through the factory.  A key element for success has been the continual development of change leadership, which Ian learned first-hand in his roles.

Ian’s passion is leading continuous improvement in order to create sustainable advantage, “Doing it with people, not to people.”

Ian holds a BS in mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Content Discussion: “Successful Change Leadership  — From Theory to Practice”

Chances are you have had to lead change or at numerous times have been on the receiving end of change in the workplace.  In 1995, John Kotter published research that revealed only 30 percent of change programs are successful.  A recent McKinsey & Company survey of business executives indicates that the percent of change programs that are a success today is….. still 30%.  How can we beat those odds when leading change?

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between leaders and managers
  • Describe why change often fails
  • Describe 4 complimentary models for change
  • Understand how to apply these models to lead successful change

“In theory, theory and practice are the same thing.  In practice, they are not.”  –  A. Einstein

Real examples will be used to help make that transition from theory to practice. This presentation is meant to be a guided discussion.  Bring your experience.

Update: Venue has been confirmed - B's Bistro. See map on the right for details.

Meetings of the Operational Excellence Society are open to the public.  There is no delegate fee for this event, but space is limited.  Please RSVP above. For more information contact Wilson Faure (FaureWF@xonitek.com) or Trinity DeMars (DeMarsTK@xonitek.com).