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Jim Lancaster joins keynote lineup at Embracing Excellence 2018

Published by CME Manitoba on September 07, 2017

The largest LEAN event in Canada will take place in Winnipeg on June 4-7, 2018. With seven keynotes, 15 workshops, 36 presentations and 18 tours, delegates will be treated to a rich learning environment. 

Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech and author of ‘The Work of Management’ is the latest keynote to join the lineup of highly-acclaimed industry leaders, LEAN gurus and motivational speakers.

Lantech was one of the first companies outside of Toyota and its suppliers to truly embrace the principles of the Toyota Production System. For years it enjoyed success after success as it converted operations from batch to flow production. Lantech, recognized as the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, has sales and manufacturing headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, sales and manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, sales and service operations in Australia, and sales offices in China. Lantech manufactures packaging and material handling machinery, including stretch wrappers, conveyors, and case-forming equipment. Products are sold worldwide through a distributor and partner network, and directly to large consumer goods companies, such as Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Nestlé, Miller Brewing, and Pepsi. Annual gross sales exceed $130 million and the company employs approximately 475 associates. 

In his candid Embracing Excellence 2018 presentation, Lantech CEO Jim Lancaster will share lessons learned and vividly describe the rise, fall, and rise again of Lantech’s continuous improvement effort. Jim has participated in the Lantech LEAN journey for the past 21 years and is now the lead executive driving lean throughout the organization.

In this book – The Work of Management: A Daily Path to Sustainable Improvement – Jim Lancaster tells a practical and inspiring story on two levels. It’s a close-up look at his personal transformation as a leader. It’s also a practical, in-depth, business case study of Lantech’s LEAN transformation, relapse, and comeback that American manufacturing – and other industries — can use to profitably transform themselves.

Jim’s engaging keynote will help participants on their own LEAN journeys, by sharing:

  • Why Lantech, a stellar LEAN performer for a decade, struggled over time (like many other companies) to sustain gains and improve financial performance.
  • Why 60 to 90 minutes of daily frontline management activities are a CEO’s most important minutes of the day for sustaining and growing their business.
  • 8 steps executives can take to lead experiments to create a bullet-proof, real-time daily management system without expensive consultants.
  • Why daily management requires a major shift in managers’ mindsets and behaviors from giving orders and judging individuals on performance to asking questions and enabling good work by people at lower levels so metrics are routinely met.
  • How daily management and sustainable continuous improvement produces dramatic positive effects on the bottom line.
  • What happens in daily huddles where team members review how well they are sustaining gains and staying on track.
  • How to practice true lean leadership in which "bosses" truly act like coaches -- not solving problems for people but asking them what they can to do help.
  • How Lantech ties together all facets of the company in an integrated way (from sales to production).
  • Why it deeply invests in the lean training and practice of every single employee every day.
  • CEO to CEO: “Screw up your courage”


Lancaster knows the changes needed for daily management require courage by CEOs. “I have always had a problem convincing CEOs of one simple thing,” Lancaster writes. “They need to take the time to go where value is actually created. They need to learn to see the work and to see how their management system utterly fails to support the daily work. My most important advice is to screw up your courage, put aside your daily distractions, and walk out into the work to see how value is created at the frontline.”

Register today to hear inspiring stories from Jim and others!

The conference represents tremendous value with early bird and group discounts currently available. For more information visit the conference website at

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