Podcast #101 – Keith Syberg, Lean Consortia and Collaboration


Episode #101 of the Podcast is a discussion with Keith Syberg, former Chairman of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (see here for more about their 2010 annual AME conference in Baltimore, this November).

Today, we talk about consortia (I word I really struggled with and got tongue-tied over) and collaboration efforts among manufacturing companies and the possibility of sharing across industries.

Keith has a BA in Communications and an MA in Educational Administration from Truman State University. His early career was focused in university administration, culminating as a Vice President of Student Services. Keith began his career in executive search in 1984, when he joined a large Indianapolis search firm, where he later became the Director over the Retained Search Division.

Leadership roles have included: Association for Manufacturing Excellence/ AME (Chairman), Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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