Updated: The recordings from this inspiring day are now online. I'll be sharing thoughts and reflections in future posts.
I was very excited to learn about an event that was produced by GE on Wednesday, September 6th, in New York City. I'm thrilled to have been invited to attend in person, along with other “Lean Influencers,” including my friends Katie Anderson and Jamie V. Parker. We will be fortunate to be there in person to share highlights from the event via social media, blog posts, podcasts, and more.
The GE press release:
See the LinkedIn Event page:
Before I tell you more about the event, I'm also excited to share that everything will be live-streamed through the Bloomberg Originals YouTube channel, and you can watch it all live. GE posted the videos to their GE YouTube channel as a playlist.
Scroll down to see the list of attendees.
As GE describes:
“At GE, we've been on a journey to deeply embrace a lean mindset, with a relentless focus on continuous improvement and the pursuit of progress at every turn. It's this mindset that gives us the tools and instincts to make the right decisions to best deliver for our customers.”
It's an event intended to be “centered around cultivating the right mindset to deeply embrace lean thinking.”
That's a mindset that, of course, can be used in various departments (not just manufacturing), settings, and industries. Here is a short GE overview about Lean:
Almost five years ago, Larry Culp became the first outsider CEO in GE's long history. There seems to be a monumental culture shift taking place, with more to come.
Listen to Mark read the post (subscribe to Lean Blog Audio):
I wrote some blog posts based on Larry's remarks at last year's AME annual conference:
Back to the September 6 event, the range of speakers at the event illustrates a wide range of backgrounds and professions:
NBA Athlete, Co-Founder & Chairman Ante Inc.
President & CEO, GE HealthCare
Chairman & CEO, GE and CEO, GE Aerospace
Read Larry's article about a “Lean Mindset” on LinkedIn:
Psychologist & Author (author of the fantastic book Mindset)
President & CEO, Ford
Director, Producer, Writer (including “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”)
NYC Fire Commissioner
ADMIRAL (RETIRED) BILL LESCHER
41st Vice Chief of Naval Operations
DR. TOM MIHALJEVIC, MD
CEO & President, Cleveland Clinic
Watch a discussion with Mr. Mihaljevic and Larry Culp from late 2022:
Chef & Restaurateur
Chairman, President & CEO
CEO, GE Vernova
DR. LISA YERIAN, MD
Chief Improvement Officer
I'm hoping that this event will give a big boost to the Lean movement — providing energy and opportunities for people who are leading “middle up” and “middle down” to influence their executives and CEOs about the coming testimonials to the power of Lean — not Lean tools, but the Lean mindset.
My understanding is that GE is not looking for the glory here. They aim to showcase the impact that Lean has had more broadly, across multiple industries. And, secondarily, to show how Lean has helped GE.
Disclosure: GE has invited me to attend this event as a media partner and is covering some travel expenses for me.
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