Professional Development Meetings (PDMs)


Tales From The Shop Floor - NUMMI and Other Great Stories

Event Sponsored by NK Institute of Human Advancement

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Speaker

Greg Williams

President

Western Sensei Consulting

PDM Synopsis

When GM partnered with Toyota in 1984, their worst performing plant (later called NUMMI) became the best performing car plant in America. And the rest is history. Toyota's now famous production system is adopted largely by every manufacturing company in the world and their progressive management principles have become research topics at the universities.

The plant in Fremont which became NUMMI, had been a General Motors (GM) plant between 1962 and 1982, making both cars and light trucks. This plant was GM’s worst in terms of quality, productivity, absenteeism, and worker safety. According to a later recounting by a leader of the United Auto Workers (UAW), the employees at the Fremont plant were "considered the worst workforce in the automobile industry in the United States." When Toyota and GM partnered to form New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) in the very same plant two years after it was closed by GM, over 85% of the initial workforce were the workers who were laid off by GM in 1982. GM agreed to implement the famed Toyota Production System (TPS) and The Toyota Way in the NUMMI joint venture. GM planned to learn the Toyota Production System at NUMMI and bring the tools and principles to their other U.S. plants.

 

DATE

 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

TIME

3:00PM - 5:00PM (EST)

LOCATION

FREE Virtual PDM Via Zoom 

AGENDA

3:00PM (EST) – Keynote Speaker Presentation

 

5:00PM (EST) – Conclusion of Event

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Greg Williams, a lean advisor for Aera Energy LLC, was granted unprecedented access to the NUMMI plant over a six-year period (2001-2007), working closely with and learning from both the Toyota people and the GM people. Greg also had the opportunity to learn from Toyota at Toyota Auto Body of California (TABC) in Long Beach, California. Additionally, he brought the Toyota Supplier Support Center (TSSC) to Aera for several visits, training, kaizen event facilitation and coaching between 2001-2004, during which time he had the privilege of learning first-hand from Sensei Hajime Ohba and other TSSC sensei. Greg also had the opportunity to take classes at the University of Toyota and visited other Toyota plants including TMMK in Kentucky and TMMTX in Texas.

Greg has four decades of experience in operations, engineering, and leadership, retiring from Aera Energy LLC in 2016 as Lean Director. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear some great stories and learn from his many years of experience.

"A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved" - This American Life

 

 

Unleashing Your Potential

with Gold Vision Method

 

Event Sponsored by NK Institute of Human Advancement

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Speaker

Kazuyoshi Hisano

President and Profession Coach at Conoway Inc.

PDM Synopsis

Gold Vision is a goal setting method developed by Kazuyoshi Hisano, the celebrated author of “The CEO Coaching” book.

The method is not difficult and can be easily applied to your professional and personal life. We believe that this opportunity will be a help for those who participate, to build a better future and to be successful in their career.

This introduction by Kazuyoshi Hisano will teach you the keys in setting powerful goals for success.

 

 

 

DATE

 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

TIME

4:00pm - 5:00PM (EST)

LOCATION

FREE Virtual PDM Via Zoom 

AGENDA

4:00PM (EST) – Keynote Speaker Presentation

 

5:00PM (EST) – Conclusion of Event

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Since the start of my career, my passion has been always to help people improve and be the best that they can be. Although my current focus are CEOs, leaderships and executives of organisations, what my methodology also applies to any person who aspires to improve their way of life in order for them to reach their goals.

I played a number of management roles and have vast experience in Japanese companies and multinational companies such as Tyco Electronics, Philips, and Bureau Veritas. I have experienced coaching thousands of people in the past 30+ years and launched a program called “CEO Coaching”. Currently, I'm coaching 25 CEOs on a 1 on 1 base.


“CEO Coaching” is backed by cognitive science which explains “how the human brain works, and how to use your brain effectively.”


My mission is to establish a high performance culture in the organization by utilizing and developing the strengths of each member, and we have acquired the cutting-edge "Cognitive Coaching" based on cognitive science, and our own brand "CEO Coaching" And "Gold Vision Method" are being popularized. In addition, I have founded the Cognitive Corporate Coaching and I'm working on the development and dissemination of this program as the right arm of cognitive scientist Dr. Hideto Tomabechi.