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Today’s front-line leaders need skills to engage their people, involve everyone in continuous improvement (CI) and innovation, coach their employees, and create an agile and committed workforce in order to achieve their business goals.  The CME Leadership Development Program (LDP) helps Mentor and Leader participants develop the skills to create a high-performance CI culture and LEAN thinking.


LDP Course Structure (7 Days in total, over 2-3 months):

Leader Pre-work: Program Purpose Template; EQI Emotional Intelligence Survey (private)

1 Day Mentor Workshop (@1 week before the Leader Workshops start)

5 Day Leader Workshops covering 10 key modules (over an 7-10-week period)

1 Day Wrap-up with Leader Report-outs (Learning results linked to Program Purpose Template)

Interactive adult learning-based program (“See, Hear, and Do”)

Method: To Inform; Model or demonstrate; Practice; Reflect and discuss; Implement

200+ page LDP Workbook, with “On-the-Job” Tools and Reference Tools

Program Purpose Template; Self-assessments; ASK-Me Quizzes; Tip Sheets; Report-outs

Numerous leadership concepts, ideas, techniques and tools for immediate use and benefit

Lean and Continuous Improvement (CI) thinking woven throughout the Leader Workshops


LDP Mentor Workshop Content (1 Day):

Note: The Mentor should be someone with a close working relationship with, and who supports, the Leader.  Mentors should plan to spend @30 minutes per week supporting and coaching each Leader.

Leadership Development Program (LDP) Overview

Role and Responsibility of the Mentor

Mentoring Key Skills Refresh


LDP Leader Workshop Content (6 Days):

Day 1   – Emotional Intelligence EQi Assessment; LDP Overview; Mentor Role & Relationship

1 Continuous Improvement (Lean Thinking; Visual Management & Visual Control Boards)

Day 2   2 Communicate to Lead (Listening; Language of Leaders; Communication Styles)

3 Performance Management (Delegation; Performance Assessments; Gap Analysis)

Day 3   4 Coaching for Continuous Improvement (Meaningful Feedback; Art of Asking Questions)

5 Dealing with Differences (EDI – Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity; Conflict Management)

Day 4   6 High Performance Teams (Stages of Team Development; Effective Meetings)

7 Problem Solving (10 Problem Solving Techniques)

Day 5   8 Culture and Change (Create/Maintain Culture; Principles of Change; Stages of Transition)

9 Personal Leadership (Leadership Styles, Habits & Attributes; (LSW) Leader Standard Work)

Day 6   – Leader Presentations (Leaders and Mentors attend together)

Note: To support the Leader, 2 facilitator phone coaching calls occur between Days 2-3 & Days 4-5.


1) Tell us more about your experience with the Leadership Development Program. Any insights you can share specific to the mentorship component?
We had a number of our leadership team participate in CME’s Leadership Development Program and it was received very well by the participants and mentors. The program was filled with very useful and simple to use leadership tools. Participants liked the flow of the course and follow-up by the instructor. One of my favorite components of the program was the mentorship aspect. The program had a very defined process for following up with participants and ensuring they were utilizing the new tools they had learned in the program. 

All of us have participated in a learning event where we were very excited about what we learned and then soon forgot about it the instant we got back to work and were caught up in the day to day business. The mentorship element of this program allows organizations to fully leverage what participants have learned.
-Todd LeRoy, Vice President of Manufacturing, Loewen


2) What lessons have you already incorporated into your work?
For me, I incorporated the idea of Leader Standard Work (LSW). I scheduled weekly meetings and LEAN training sessions with my team. I improved the FPG score to 94 in a short period of time….
-Romualdo Lacanlale, Paint Technical Supervisor, Masterbrand Cabinets Inc.


3) Would you recommend this Leadership Development Program (LDP) training to others?
I would absolutely recommend this training to others. We are committed to sending other leaders to this course in the future. The combination of a mentor from our company, along with access to coaching from the course facilitator, is very beneficial. Having ‘skin in the game’ by both the mentor and mentee is something unique and very positive about this training.
-Ed Martin, VP Operations, Custom Castings


4) What do you think the overall benefit to / impact on your company will be as a result of this Leadership Development Program (LDP) course?
We believe we will see reduced turnover as a result of specific job-related courses for our staff. In the long run, this will definitely have a positive impact on our business, as new employees require specialized training for manufacturing our products. 

In the plant as a whole, the morale has been higher since our supervisors have taken the leadership course. There is more interest in learning about production methods and sharing that learning with others.
-Aynsley Dueck, Marketing Manager, Duxton Windows & Doors


5) Other LDP Comments:

The Front-Line Leadership Skills course was an excellent experience for me. It was my first exposure to formal structured continuous improvement training focused on engaging others through a new set of tools and way of thinking. I am certain that I will be practicing applying what was taught in my day to day activities for many years to come. Thank you.

– Jesse Weller, Bell Mobility

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) has made a positive impact on me. I had no idea there are so many tools and techniques available to assist the success of a leadership role. I feel it is an excellent learning opportunity and I enjoyed the materials covered. I would highly recommend the program to anybody who strives to be successful in a leadership role.

-Dave Jones, Continuous Improvement Coordinator, Price Industries


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