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Transforming Culture — One Leader at a Time

Building a Learn culture by engaging leaders, purposefully and individually

Presentation Code: VS1-05

Value Stream: VS1 - People

Day & Time: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 - 10:30 AM

Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Barry-Wehmiller describes its Lean journey as the Living Legacy of Leadership (L3). It is a journey founded on leadership principles so profound that they stand the test of time. The L3 Journey provides Barry-Wehmiller with the purpose, processes and metrics to build a style of Lean leadership focused on people. But while engaging leaders for a Kaizen event or short project is one thing, engaging key leaders for a career of new behaviors needs a different approach. Barry-Wehmiller has made the necessary changes and been quite successful, and the company's Continuous Improvement leaders are now purposefully changing the minds and hearts of those who were hesitant to embrace Lean. In fact, it is turning them into vocal Lean advocates.

In this presentation:

  • Find out about the Barry-Wehmiller Living Legacy of Leadership (L3).
  • Learn how to engage leaders and get them to make a long-term commitment to Lean.
  • Hear how Barry-Wehmiller's leaders are embracing Lean.
  • Find out about Barry-Wehmiller's model for change.
  • Learn key behaviors you can practice at your organization.



Since 1885, Barry-Wehmiller has provided packaging machinery and engineering solutions to customers throughout the world. Under the leadership of CEO Bob Chapman, the organization has grown approximately 20% per year since 1988, eclipsing $1 billion in revenues. The sum of more than 50 acquisitions, Barry-Wehmiller's business model has brought it in contact with a wide array of leadership and organizational methods.

For the last decade, a unique, people-centric leadership model has emerged at Barry-Wehmiller that combines the best in associate engagement, Continuous Improvement, and customer service, all focused on the vision: "We build GREAT people who do EXTRAORDINARY things."


Ken Coppens, Team Development Coach

Ken Coppens is the L3 Team Development Coach at Barry-Wehmiller. Ken has been with Barry-Wehmiller for more than 25 years. Over that time, he has come to be responsible for leading Continuous Improvement efforts at multiple divisions. Ken plays a unique role in training leaders in communication skills, change management and Lean thinking.

Dick Ryan, Lean Journey Leader

Formerly of Wiremold Company, Dick Ryan brought his extensive background and Lean deployment and consulting experience to Barry-Wehmiller, where he has been a Lean Journey Leader since 2006. As a Lean mentor to Barry-Wehmiller's senior leaders, Dick focuses his attention on the success of Hoshin Kanri strategy deployment and key organizational decisions in the creation of new Value Streams.

Brian Wellinghoff, Director of the Lean Journey

As Director of the Barry-Wehmiller L3 Journey, Brian Wellinghoff has a passion for people and interfaces with individuals throughout the organization to foster Lean principles.

Brian also coordinates Lean training programs through Barry-Wehmiller University and organizes full-time Continuous Improvement leaders throughout the company.


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