Keynote speakers

John Y. Shook

John Y. Shook

Lean Thinking: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Education

John Shook is Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Lean Global Network, an association of institutes in 17 countries. As the first American manager at Toyota's headquarters in Japan, Shook helped the company transfer its production and management systems around the world. Shook is former director of the University of Michigan Japan Technology Management Program, and faculty of the university‘s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering..

Shook has written or co-authored several classic books and articles on Lean management, including LEI's classic "Learning to See" workbook that established value-stream mapping as the tool used around the world to redesign production systems, and "Managing to Learn" which described for the first time the dynamics of Lean management and leadership.

Patrick D. Cowden

Patrick D. Cowden

Beyond Leadership - Redefining the Rules of Business. Forever.

Highest levels of performance will be achieved not by focusing simply on processes, profit and return but by intensely emphasizing our attention on the quality of the interaction climate inside and outside of our organisations. People and the values that connect us will be the driving force of performance for the future.

Patrick Cowden is the founder of Beyond Leadership. Beyond‘s mission is to redefine the rules of business as we know them. Patrick strives to better understand the key drivers of engagement and performance within enterprises in the future and to apply them to today's organisations around the world.

Patrick has held senior leadership positions at international companies over the last 25 years. These include Bertelsmann, Cap Gemini, DELL, EMC and Hitachi. Today Patrick teaches at leading universities and business schools in Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Japan. In addition, Patrick and his team of Beyonders engage in workshops and transition projects that help organisations to continuously improve the quality of their interaction climate and thereby trigger and sustain highest performance. Patrick is also the author of two bestselling books in Germany, most recently „NEUSTART“ and is a frequent guest in radio and television talkshows.

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