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Lean Manufacturing Certification Program
with e-Coaching by Bill Gaw

You Don't Train Lean Manufacturing Leaders,
You Coach Them!

Lean manufacturing leaders, without professional coaching
will never eliminate these
bottom-line feeders: 

   Part Shortages
          Excess Inventory
                  Scrap and Rework
                          Late Shipments
                                 Customer Complaints
                                       End-Of-Month Scramble




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Lean manufacturing leaders must have the lean knowledge, implementation know-how, and above all else team dynamic
skills to solve these problems?

*  Change Initiative objections and cultural roadblocks  
*  Inadequate data and documentation integrity
*  Process and quality problem finger pointing
*  Excessive non-value-added activity/costs
*  Supplier rejects and/or untimely support
*  Poor customer service/responsiveness
*  Too many challenges on their plate
*  Evasive business process solutions
*  The end-of-the month scramble
*  Day-to-day fire-fighting.

Lean Management Development

Below are not our  words… they’re the words of Mike Myatt in an article published in Forbes.com. Mike is recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the preeminent management thinkers globally, he is a management advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs and Boards and a Senior Fellow at the Gordian Institute. He is widely regarded as America's Top CEO Coach.

      ”Most management development programs don’t even come close to
      accomplishing what they were designed to do – build better leaders.”  

      ”While training is often accepted as productive, it rarely is. The terms
      training and development have somehow become synonymous when
      they are clearly not.” 

      ”Don’t train leaders, coach them, mentor them, disciple them, and
      develop them, but please don’t attempt to train them.”  

      ”Training is something leaders dread and will try to avoid, whereas
       they will embrace and look forward to development. Development is
       nuanced, contextual, collaborative, fluid, and above all else, action-

Such writings inspired Bill Gaw to develop a Lean Manufacturing Certification Program with e-Coaching that embraces Mr. Myatt's management development perspective while focusing on his lean manufacturing methodology.

Lean Manufacturing Leadership
It's the "e-Coaching" that really counts!

"Bill has helped me a lot, either by providing clear and precise directions whenever I asked, or by sharing much of his deep knowledge in his Website, bbasicsllc.com. Managing, with excellence, the combination of sound theoretical knowledge with successful "hands-on" expertise, Bill is certainly one of the few persons I'd classify as "Mentor of the Coaches! "

Paulo Lindgren Lean Six-Sigma Consultant
and MBA/M.Sc. Professor"

"Bill is one of the most prolific individuals in the consulting industry and profession. He is a true thought leader and a great coach -- one of the best. His advice is golden and he has the respect of his colleagues worldwide. We all religiously read his articles and newsletter because they are informative, educational and right on the mark."                                     

Phil Andrews,
Business Development,
Project Manager


Bill Gaw's, Lean Manufacturing Certification Program with "Been There, Done That" e-Coaching

Objective: Provide lean manufacturing leadership development via e-coaching
                 for individuals charged with responsibility for their company's
                 manufacturing performance.           

Purpose:  Present a structured program that provides managers with the
                knowledge and team management skills to optimize manufacturing
                operations .

Scope    Program is based on the lean manufacturing concepts and team
                dynamics presented in Bill Gaw's popular tutorial, "The 8-Basics
                of Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing"  (KBLM).

                Below is a graphic that shows the impact of optimizing MRP shop
                floor and purchasing sub-systems with KBLM methodology:

Lean Manufacturing Typical Results

                Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing™ (KBLM) does not replace the
                MRP system but rather optimizes its shop floor and purchasing sub-
                systems. KBLM methodology can generate two to three times MRP
                cost reductions while producing significant improvement in quality
                and customer satisfaction.

Benefits:  Bill's Lean Manufacturing Certification Program will help managers to
                develop an effective self-directed work team that will:

*  Improve execution of strategic and tactical planning
*  Optimize operations and inventory performance
*  Eliminate supply chain constraints
*  Eliminate non-value-added activities and costs
*  Increase speed, improve quality and customer satisfaction
*  Exceed performance goals and expectations
*  Transform work into fun again.

Deliverables:  "The 8-Basics of Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing Tutorial." The tutorial contains eight sections with each section containing powerful, PowerPoint-
Plus slides with note page commentaries and "lessons learned" by Bill Gaw.

Section No. 1: Information Integrity-  It is not uncommon for front office management to become disenchanted with computerized systems results when time schedules and promised paybacks are not achieved. Truism: Acceptable systems results cannot be achieved when systems are driven by inaccurate data and untimely, uncontrolled documentation. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: How to gain control of record accuracy and optimize documentation controls. both key requisite to best-in-class performance.

Section No. 2 Performance Management -  Measurement systems can be motivational or de-motivational. The individual goal setting of the 80’s is a good example of de-motivational measurement - it tested one individual or group against the other and while satisfying some individual egos, it provided little contribution to overall company growth and profit. Today, the balanced scorecard is the choice of manufacturing winners. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: How to develop a balanced/performance scorecard that will generate commitment and increase participation and contribution to the company's lean transformation.

Section No. 3: Sequential Production - It takes more than systems sophistication for manufacturing companies to gain control of factory operations. To achieve on-time shipments at healthy profit margins, companies need to replace obsolete MRP order launch and expedite methodology with the simplicity of sequential production. The assertion that sequential production only works in high production, widget-manufacturing environments is a myth. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: The why and how  leading manufacturers develop and optimize work cells, line flow and the 5Ss via value stream mapping.

Section No. 4: Point-of-Use Logistics - Inventory handling and storage are two of manufacturing’s high cost, non-value added activities. The elimination of the stock room, as it is known today, should be a strategic objective of all manufacturers. And, it’s time to realize that there is much more to increasing supplier contribution to a company’s growth and profitability than simply placing purchase orders with the lowest price bidder. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: How to initiate and/or improve a JIT, point-of-use, supply chain development program – a key to getting the right materials to the right place at the right time and at the right total cost

Section No. 5: Cycle Time Management -  Long cycle times are symptoms of poor manufacturing performance and high non-value added costs. Manufacturers need to focus on the continuous reduction of all cycle times. Achieving success requires a specific management style that focuses on “root cause” proactive problem solving, rather than “fire-fighting”. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: An understanding of the important roll that team dynamics must play if cycle time management is to produce significant improvements in speed, quality, cost reduction and customer responsiveness.

Section No. 6: Production Linearity -  Companies will never achieve their full profit potential if they produce more than 25% of their monthly shipment plan in the last week of the month or more than 33% of their quarterly shipment plan in the last month of the quarter. As companies struggle to remain competitive, one of the strategies by which gains in speed, quality and costs can be achieved is to form teams of employees to pursue and achieve linear production. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: We educate our participants in root cause analysis and the PDCA Cycle that help achieve linear production.

Section No. 7: Resource Planning - One of the major challenges in industry today is the timely right sizing of operations. Profit margins can be eroded by not taking timely downsizing actions and market windows can be missed and customers lost by not upsizing the resources in a timely manner. These actions demand timely, tough executive decisions that require accurate, well-timed and reliable resource information. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer: How to simplify and opyimize Sales and Operations forecasting and tracking, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and resource requirements vs. capacities. 

Section No. 8: Customer Connectivity: - Customer satisfaction is in the eyes of the beholder – the customer. Customer perceptions are what we need to address when it comes to improving customer satisfaction. It does us no good to believe our products and services are best if a customer’s perception of our ”as received” quality and/or service is contrary. We need to plan and implement proactive projects that breakdown the communication barriers that create invalid perceptions. Knowledge and Know-how Transfer:: How to get customer connected and overcomes negative customer perceptions


Professional e-coaching by Bill Gaw during and after the program -
One of the most commonly cited keys to success is having a great coach. Whether you're an entrepreneur or are working your way up the corporate ladder. the experience of someone who's "been there, done that" can be invaluable. During and after the program Bill Gaw provides expert knowledge, support, empathy, respect and, most important, the wisdom of experience.

Push (MRP) vs. Pull (LEAN) Video - A classic, humorous lean manu-facturing video. This is the famous "Oldie but Goodie" HP video that demonstrates: Push vs. Pull systems, one-piece-flow,  stockless production, and cycle time management. It delivers an understanding of the why and how of lean manufacturing transformation and generates relevant commitment.

CD: Value Stream Mapping T-Module -  Maps and flowcharts help make work visible. Increased visibility improves communication and understanding, and provides a common frame of reference for those involved with the business and work process. Value stream mapping and gap analysis should be the first step in any lean manufacturing transformation plan.

Kaizen Management T-Module - If your organization can handle only one change transformation at a time, then let it be the implementation of a “continuous improvement” kaizen program. There just isn’t any other more important program in our pursuit of profits.

CD: Quality Management Tool Kit - Provides an interactive ISO checklist and quality tutorial and procedures to jump-start or re-ignite a company's quality initiative. Provides a quality management roadmap to optimize prior quality efforts and maintain a focus on improving quality.

CD: Train the Trainer Manual - An effective training methodology for lean leaders. A vital lean manufacturing, "train the trainer" resource for effective people training and motivation.

The Lean Manufacturing
Certification Program

The Process:

 1.  Place order for participant in the Lean Manufacturing Certifi
      cation Program.
 2.  Participant receives Bill Gaw's book, Back to Basics: How
      the 8-Basics of Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing Turned a
      Failing Manufacturing Plant into a Success Story.
 3.  Participant receives his/her first tutorial section via download.
Participant reviews and studies the material at hid/her place
      and at his/her pace.

 5.  E-coaching support is always available from Bill Gaw via
      email during the program and beyond.

Participants write a 500 word presentation paper of the
      importance of what they learned and e-mail the paper to
      Bill Gaw for review and comments.
 7.  Bill Gaw reviews the paper and provides feedback. If a rewrite
      is required, e-coaching is provided.
 8.  The next tutorial section is sent upon acceptance of prior
      presentation paper.
Participant repeats steps 3 through 8 until final presentation
      paper is accepted.
Participant, with the help of Bill Gaw's e-Coaching, plans
      and leads
a pilot kaizen event. Results are documented and
      a copy of summary report is sent to executive management.
11. Business Basics' Lean Manufacturing Certification Program
      completion certificate is presented upon completion of the


11.  And, most important... Bill Gaw remains the partici-
      pants' e-coach helping him/her overcome change
      initiative objections and cultural roadblocks while
      putting their lean knowledge and skills to work.

Participation is Limited

Participation in Bill Gaw's program is limited. Bill works with a limited number of participants at any given time. So if there is interested in his program, don't delay, take action today.



   A recent graduate saying it better than we can::

Thank you very much for everything Bill, it means a lot that you took time from your busy schedule to talk and coach me through the program.

Thank you so very much for everything, I can't believe that this is over. I enjoyed immensely all the material and I will always apply in my work all that I learned from you.  I can't wait to add this to my resume...

I can't tell you enough times how much I enjoyed the whole program, and mostly I can't believe how much I learned. I think taking this course was one of the smartest decisions I ever made and I thank you for putting out the offer.

                       Lucia Sabou, Production Leader

Note: Lucia recently completed her program in a record breaking 2-months. Previous time range was 4 to 8 months.


Our Company

For more than 15 years, our 1700 plus customers and 15,000 plus Manufacturing Management Best Practices Bulletin Subscribers have looked to Business Basics as a trusted developer of manufacturing management development materials... knowledge and implementation know-how that's helping individuals and companies exceed their goals and expectations.

Our customer list speaks for itself. These companies are serious, as we know you are, about reaching your company's full growth and earning potentials. To review  a partial list of our customers, simply click here -->our customers.


What is the Cost?

Much less than you would imagine. In fact, we make the program affordable so that it can fit easily within your company's training budget. We want your company to benefit from Bill Gaw's lean manufacturing knowledge, experiences and e-coaching and to do that is to make it affordable. Here's what is included:

The 8-Basics of Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing Tutorial. (Price: $497.00)

CD: Value Stream Mapping Training Module - ($97.00)

CD: Supply Chain Management Training Module - ($97.00)

CD: Quality System Toolbox - ($97.00)

1-year of Professional e-coaching (A value of $1500.00)

A $2288.00 Value for $896.00
(Time payment option available)

A Savings of $1392.00

Manufacturing Leadership Development
Program with e-Coaching by Bill Gaw

(or $125.00 monthly payments)

Enroll someone in Bill's Lean Manufacturing Certification Program today at the special discount price of $896.00. That's a savings of $1392.00 and thousands of dollars less than sending leaders to training seminars and workshops and with Bill's "been there, done that" e-coaching you're guaranteed better results.

Past participants have completed the program in a range of 4 to 8 months but Bill's e-Coaching is available for the program year.

Manufacturing Leadership Development Program that's helping individuals:

*  Become outstanding leaders/managers/executives
*  Focus their energy on the significant issues
*  Transform their work environment from drudgery to fun
*  Minimize day-to-day stress levels
*  Master the basics of team empowerment
*  Exceed their team goals and expectations
*  Reach their full growth and earning potentials.

Manufacturing Leadership Development Program that's helping companies:

*  Optimize their lean manufacturing transformation
*  Successfully integrate lean manufacturing with MRP
*  Improve speed, quality, and eliminate non-value-added costs
*  Eliminate the high cost of end-of-the-month scramble
*  Improve customer on-time delivery of high quality products/service
*  Gain control of inventories and optimize their turnover
*  Increase team contribution to the company's growth and bottom line.

A Recent Graduate's Feedback

Dear Bill,

I am very pleased that I discovered your website so I could take advantage of the Lean Manufacturing Certification program.  I was looking for something that provided practical information that I could use immediately and your e-coaching is exactly what I was looking for.  

Your experience in implementing a lean culture obviously shows as the material contains many examples of how each lean tool was applied.  I am very impressed with the breadth of your experiences across a company, from the executive’s office to the shop floor. 

Your coaching throughout the certification was very helpful and I am looking forward to keeping in touch and taking advantage of your offer to assist me at any time. Thank you very much.

V. A. Ames, Project Manager, Sematech

Our Guarantee says it all  

Believe this, we will never consider your purchase binding until completion of the  Manufacturing Leadership Development Program. We know that you, like our other customers, will be thrilled with the results. In fact, we are so convinced that this program will work for you and your company that if you aren't completely satisfied at the end of the program, simply request an immediate refund of your purchase price. 


Remember, if one continues to work the same way, he/she is going to get the same results. The next move is up to you. I've shown you that this program is as risk free
as an offer can come. You and I know that if you've read this far, you're seriously interested in bringing sanity to your day-to-day work environment and helping your company exceed its goals and expectations.


If you still have questions, please contact Bill Gaw at your convenience:

                     760-945-5596 or bg@bbasicsllc.com

Order by Credit Card: Place your order via our secure order form, We'll send immediate confirmation by return email. Your first training module will be delivered via an email download file and you can start your program within 24 hours of our receipt of your order, (In your place and at your pace). To order, just click on the secure order bar below the credit card icons. (The order form is encrypted for your security)


Single Payment:

Eight Monthly Payments of $125.00: Click on the below secure payment form bar. (The order form is encrypted for your security)


If Not Now... When?

The Ball is in Your Court

If you think this this program will help your company but you're not in a position to place an order, may I suggest that you forward this Web page to your CEO/President and/or your "make-it-happen" HR leader. They may thank you for your interest and initiative.

And, for your initiative, we'll send you a copy of our PowerPoint presentation, "How to Overcome Change Initiative Objections and Cultural Road Blocks."

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Knowledge and implementation know-how you'll not find in the
books at Amazon.com... neither in the APICS Library 
nor the Harvard Business School Press.  

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