Contribution or Commitment? What Leaders Need to Know and Do to Lead a Lean Transformation

Presented By:

Darril Wilburn

Session Abstract:

Using real world examples Darril will share key points to help leadership understand that they are the difference between an organization that practices Lean tools and one that embraces the Lean business model. To often Lean is delegated by top leaders as a project and not seen as a new way we will do business. When Leaders exhibit Courage and Humility then a culture of Continuous Improvement is better able to develop.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • The difference between Commitment and Contribution
  • The power of true commitment and the impact on the organization
  • The deeper meaning of Kaizen and how this knowledge can help us understand why change can be difficult.

About the Facilitator:

Darril Wilburn was a leader in the development and implementation of some of Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s highest profile leadership development programs. Darril led the Toyota Way 2001 (Toyota core values and principles) implementation at Toyota’s largest manufacturing plant in North America. Darril worked with The Toyota Institute in Japan in development of the Toyota Business Practice (TBP) leading the global pilot of this program as well as the North American Senior Executive sessions. While at Toyota, Darril studied the Toyota Production System as a student of OMDD, Toyota’s internal Sensei group. Darril was also part of the team that launched Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas where he led the assimilation and training of new to Toyota management. As a Partner at, Darril has had the opportunity to work with both public and private sector organizations including Costco, MM Mars, Nike, Johnson Controls, The Port of Seattle, Washington State Department of Labor and Industry. Darril is also an active speaker delivering presentations and keynote speeches on Lean Principles around the globe including: • Harvard Business Review-Latin America “Lean in Action” lecture series in Chili, Equator, Mexico • Featured speaker at Lean Conferences in:  The Netherlands  Portugal  Brazil • Keynote AME Australia 2016 • Keynote Lean Summit, Vilnius, Lithuania 2016 Darril is also co-author and editor of the book, Toyota by Toyota