Leadership Role in a Lean Transformation

The importance of top management’s participation in transforming to an excellence culture​

Understand how to engage the management team to lead the improvement journey instead of just delegating tasks


Cheryl Jones

Former Vice-president of Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing of America 

She will share her experience growing from supervisor until vice president level within Toyota and the leader’s role to shape a lean culture.

She began her career as manufacturing supervisor, eventually achieving vice president of Manufacturing during her 22 years with the company.

Cheryl was named as one of the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry. She led Toyota North American Women’s Leadership initiatives for Toyota,.

Cheryl Jones has experience in both manufacturing and administration within Toyota having served as vice president of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing of America (TEMA).

Her extensive knowledge of the Toyota Production System knowledge encompasses final vehicle assembly, robotic processes and parts delivery from supplier to vehicle assembly.

Why to participate?

Focus on the importance of roles and responsibilities at all levels of the organization.

Learn practical application of lean principles/practices based on work experience at Toyota and work experience supporting other major Fortune 500 companies with their lean transformation.

The interdependence of mutual trust between the company and team members in a lean organization.

Who should attend?

This workshop is addressed to leadership members from companies in the lean journey that want to learn and reflect on how to effectively manage the culture development


12 November Budapest, Hungary

14 November Bucharest, Romania

Language: English

Real applications
Real applications

Learn the concepts from real examples and trainer’s experience

Group Discussion
Group Discussion

Share experiences with managers from different industries

Practical Exercises
Practical Exercises

Concepts will be discussed with examples and open exercises

Training Agenda:

  • 9:00 AM     Lean principles and practices

  • 10:30 AM   Break

  • 10:45 AM   Roles and responsibilities of each level.

  • 11:45 AM     Mutual trust between employee & company in a lean environment

  • 12:45 PM     Lunch (45 min)

  • 1:30 PM     Top management duties: Coaching & involvement in problem solving, standard work, gemba activity

  • 3:00 PM     Break

  • 3:15 PM     Role of Team Leader

  • 4:15 PM     Individual coaching to develop a plan for path forward

  • 5:00 PM     Closing the seminar – Questions and Answer


12 November Budapest, Hungary

14 November Bucharest, Romania