On February 22, Derrell James addressed section 1509 of the American Society for Quality at the Dubsdread Country Club. The presentation, titled “From MultiNational to Start-Up: Lean Transformation for Any Business” discussed the power of integrating Lean “technical” skills with Lean “social” skills and their ability to transform any organization. By characterizing the behaviors of successful and unsuccessful leaders of large, medium, and small companies, a pattern emerges that demonstrated that the ability to engage the workforce at both the technical and personal level is where real value is created. The presentation covered the combination of necessary skills for maximum benefit, and included examples of real, tangible, measurable benefits.
Derrell James is the Vice President of Operations for GENICON, an emerging leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of endoscopic surgical equipment. He has eighteen years of experience in operations, executive management, and business development in high technology manufacturing and service industries. Previous to GENICON, Derrell served as General Manager of Sypris Test & Measurement, Plant Manager, Director of Business Development and Director of Lean Enterprise Productivity for Rockwell Collins, and Director of Manufacturing for Nacom Corporation. Derrell is a frequent speaker and writer on leadership, Lean and Six Sigma, and operational effectiveness, and has led transformations in automotive, aerospace and medical devices industries. A native of Griffin, Georgia, Derrell graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Management, and from Mercer University with a MS in Technology Management.