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Leading for Optimal Operational Efficiency

A program to help you improve efficiency and win more customers.

To be successful organizations must understand how to optimize their operations for efficiency and effectiveness. The purpose of this program is to teach you to lead such changes by concentrating the two aspects: doing things right (efficiency) and doing the right things (effectiveness). Efficiency improvement, which focuses on doing things right, encompasses a host of tools and techniques such as Lean, 6-Sigma, and TQM. Doing the right things, or effectiveness, is a strategic view of obtaining the operational excellence. This program will introduce how to lead change that integrates the technical aspects of efficiency with strategic elements of effectiveness. Using examples from multiple industries, including manufacturing, medical, and governmental, this program will give you a set of tools that you can use immediately, frameworks for how to lead such change in your organization and a reading list of resources to use to dig deeper into any of the subjects. 
What You Will Learn

You'll learn ideas and techniques you can apply right away, including:

  • Understanding why leading a change in operations is so difficult 
  • Understanding how quickly operations can fall into bad practices 
  • How to use the lean technique of process mapping to communicate and align all members in your operations
  • A framework of how to select the best technique (Lean, 6-Sigma, TQM) for operational issues 
  • Proven strategies for linking what customers desire with what operations delivers
  • How to turn operational failures into system successes 
  • Developing a plan for going forward 
Who Should Attend
  • C-Suite executives
  • Managers of all levels
  • Project managers
Continuing Education Credits

1.5 CEUs

This program has limited seats so please register early. If the program session becomes full, you will be notified if you must be placed on the wait list.

Scheduled Dates
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, Nashville, TN

401 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN

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Program at a Glance
Duration 2
Program Fee $2,900

Cost includes tuition and instructional materials.


Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, Nashville, TN

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What Participants Say

“Excellent course. I have gained significant knowledge around operational excellence and customer intimacy. All companies should put any and all of their executive leadership team that have the responsibility to influence operational excellence within their business through this program.”