FREE Behavior Change for Lean Workshop

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Hatch Innovation

2420 Northeast Sandy Boulevard

Portland, OR 97232

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There is so much information and knowledge at our fingertips.

We already know what tasks we should accomplish daily at work, how we should plan out our calendar, what we should eat, why we should exercise, tasks we should be doing, and skills we should be learning.

Yet we still fail to do them.

What makes us move from knowledge to action? Without action, we cannot make progress in the areas of our life that are most important to us.

Join Mike Mercer from MMercer Consulting, Brion Hurley from Business Performance Improvement and Kjell van Zoen from vanZoen LLC to learn the best practices and techniques to make behavior change stick in your work and personal life.

In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • Reasons why we struggle with making permanent behavior changes

  • How behavior change connects with process improvement and Lean

  • Difference between individual change and culture change at an organization level

  • [B = M * A * T] model

  • Influencer model

  • Other behavior change models

  • Reference books and materials

  • Exercise: Developing a behavior change plan

This workshop is part of an ongoing monthly series of FREE workshops run by Lean consultants Brion and Kjell that are aimed at helping organizations of any kind/size in their journey towards a lean culture of continued improvement.

"I like that I feel like I can use these tools tomorrow! This was the most impactful (for me) workshop I've taken so far. I always leave wanting more!"

"Great workshop! I hadn't realized the impact behavior modifications might affect productivity and communication within the work environment."


MMercer Consulting

Mike Mercer

Since 1985, Mike has held leadership roles within Portland’s non-profit community working in the sectors of health, social impact, housing, early childhood development and sustainability to develop and deliver on a broad systems view. Most recently, as Executive Director of the NW Earth Institute, Mike and team inspired more than 170,000 citizens to act for a positive, sustainable future and engaged numerous Fortune 1,000 companies, such as Bank of America, Comerica Bank and MetLife, fostering employee engagement and environmental/social impact. Local B Corp companies, Neil Kelly Remodelers, FMYI, The Joinery and Capital Pacific Bank (now Pacific Continental Bank) have also worked with Mike and his team in support of their B Corp Certification.

He has a strong understanding of and applied experience in behavior change, leadership development, environmental, social and economic sustainability, strategic planning and non-profit management. Further, Mike thrives in pulling together a wide variety of stakeholders, with varying interests, toward a common goal.

He and his fiancé, Laura, also love the simplicity and adventure of living in their 168 sq. ft. tiny home (they don’t think everyone should) with Mike being a bike commuter and racer over the last 25 years.


Lean Six Sigma Consultant
Business Performance Improvement LLC, Portland, Oregon |

Brion Hurley lean six sigma consultant portland oregon

Brion, a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, teaches Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean classes, facilitates workshops and kaizen events, performs statistical analysis, and mentors and engages employees through improvement efforts in the manufacturing and office areas, with emphasis on environmental impacts within a company. His consulting company became a Certified B Corporation in 2018. In addition, he holds numerous sustainability certifications, and has experience driving sustainability efforts at both the corporate and regional level by applying process improvement techniques to reduce electricity and solid waste. He volunteers his time with nonprofits to teach and coach Lean concepts through an organization called Lean Portland. He is the author of the book, "Lean Six Sigma for Good."


Lean Business Consultant
vanZoen LLC, Portland, Oregon |

Kjell van Zoen lean business consultant portland oregon

Kjell is a lean business consultant focused on helping leadership at organizations implement a lean culture. He adopted lean while running his manufacturing business (Plywerk) from ‘06-’16. He also used lean to forward the company's’ eco-conscious business practices, and gave over 200 local leaders “lean and green” tours of Plywerk. He engages with clients through his own consulting firm, teaches lean at PCC, and offers his services to non-profits through Lean Portland, is a brand ambassador for Portland Made, and regular speaker about lean, green and local manufacturing. He is a leadership & operations super-nerd, science-fiction fan, biker, hiker, swimmer, yoga practitioner, and drives his wife crazy by taking the doors off of the kitchen cabinets as part of his 5Sing their home for optimum efficiencies.

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Portland, OR 97232

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