I founded my consulting practice so that I could make an impact on small-to-mid-size manufacturers. I've been in large companies, but the smaller, private companies really get me excited because you can move fast and make a difference.
I’ve worked in manufacturing for 35 years, with 20 of those in a variety of executive positions. Over that time span, I’ve seen a lot of things. I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t, and I want to share my insights and lessons with you.
I’ve been a hands-on executive leading major change in six organizations. I've sat in your chair, and I know what it feels like. I know the rewarding feeling you get during the good times, and I understand the tremendous pressure that you feel when things are not going well. During the 2008 recession, I had to lay off half of my workforce. It still makes me sick to my stomach to think of the impact on those families.
Of the six companies that I just mentioned, the changes at five of those were successful, and one was not. I learned a great deal from each of these experiences.
During my time at these companies, I developed a deep understanding of Lean and EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®. Lean and EOS® have shaped my perspective on what it takes to create an effective leadership system.
As a consultant, I’ve advised dozens of organizations. My approach is always to listen, learn, teach, and coach. The management teams at my clients always have ample expertise about their industry and products, and they don’t need me for that expertise. Instead, I work to provide new ideas about how they can lead their companies differently and more effectively.
In 2019, I published my first book “How to Fix a Factory”. The intention of the book was to share my approach to getting a struggling operation back on the right track. Writing a book was on my bucket list, and it was a rewarding and challenging experience. If you want to take a deeper dive into the way I think and approach situations, the book is an excellent resource. There is a link at the bottom of this page.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and I’m a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.