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Deming Today explores how the theories and teachings of Dr. Deming are currently being put into practice by organizations in the US and around the world. What are their transformative experiences like? What challenges did they face along the way? What can a path of continual improvement lead to for a business, nonprofit, school, or government agency? Evolutionary or revolutionary, the stories, articles and blogs presented in Deming Today provide examples to inspire and encourage you and your organization to take the bold and often courageous steps in embracing and applying the Deming philosophy in your business or organization.

Breaking the Mold on Leadership - My Journey of Discovery with Kevin Cahill

Aerojet Rocketdyne's InThinking Network welcomes Kevin Cahill, from Sun Valley, Idaho, to lead our eighth Ongoing Discussion conference call of 2015 on August 20th and 21st and also our 188th session since we began in January 2000.   As for a topic, Kevin has selected Breaking the Mold on Leadership - My Journey of Discovery in his first time with us as a Thought Leader.   
  
   Kevin Cahill 
I met Kevin in the late 1990s through my participation in conferences hosted by the Deming Institute, the organization formed in 1993 by his grandfather, W. Edwards Deming with the aim of fostering "an understanding of The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK) to advance commerce, prosperity and peace."   Since joining 
the board of directors of the Deming Institute in 2003, I connect with Kevin on a regular basis to both explore and implement proposals and strategies for advancing our aim.  These efforts include Kevin's participation as a speaker at the In2:InThinking Network's 2015 Forum, with a focus on "Breaking the Mold: Aspire, Inspire, Achieve."  
In reviewing options for his focus as an Ongoing Discussion Thought Leader, we chose to highlight Kevin's Forum presentation, titled "Breaking the Mold on Leadership - My Journey of Discovery," and use the video recording of his presentation as his Thought Piece.

Here's the abstract for Kevin's presentation:

Dr. Deming believed that 94% of the problems and possibilities for improvement in an organization belong to the system and thus are the responsibility of our leaders and management. With everyone doing their best, why do most of our leaders and managers embrace the prevailing style of management and follow their "common sense"? We will explore the universal responsibility of leaders and managers, including what is critical for their organizations to survive and thrive. How does a leader bring about improvement and innovation and creation of trust? What are those sources of power and what knowledge is needed to shape our future and bring about a better life for everyone?
 
Link here to find the video of Kevin's presentation.
 
Link here to register to attend.    
 

Biography 
Kevin Edwards Cahill is Dr. Deming's grandson and currently volunteers full-time as the Executive Director of The W. Edwards Deming Institute®, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of The Deming System of Profound Knowledge®. He also serves on the Board of Trustees, where he is President and a Successor Founding Trustee. 

Kevin is responsible for guiding the global efforts to achieve the aim of The Deming Institute and leads their strategic planning, management, operations, marketing and communications efforts. He travels, speaks, writes and presents on behalf of The Deming Institute® and in support of his grandfather's message. Kevin is a member of the ASQ Deming Medal Committee. 

Previously, Kevin was co-founder and CEO of ViewBridge, Inc. The company was founded in 1999 and through its operating division, AdConnections, launched the first large-scale web-based sales system application for the broadcast television industry in 2001. AdConnections' technology and approach helped streamline existing business practices, communications and negotiations in the US broadcast business. 

Prior to that, Kevin was Vice President Regional Sales Manager for media rep firm, Katz Communications. His study and application of Dr. Deming's philosophy led to his 1988 selection as a founding member of the Katz Kosmic Committee, a group tasked with providing guidance and leadership in the transformation to a  new sales system. As chairman of the committee from 1995-1998 he helped guide the design and implementation of various sales, technology, and management systems. 

Kevin was born and raised in Washington, DC and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in history. He currently resides in Sun Valley, Idaho with his wife Judy, who volunteers for the Deming Institute and serves on their Advisory Board.
  
  
Link here to register to attend in advance of the announcement, coming early in September.
 
 

The New Economics book discussion group September to October 2015

image of New Economics book cover

Beginning Monday, 14SEP2015, and continuing from 3 – 5 pm PACIFIC time on the dates listed below, via phone we will be discussing Deming's last book, The New Economics.  The Aerojet-Rocketdyne course visits another area along “An InThinking Roadmap” and is open to anyone, Aerojet-Rocketdyne employee or not.  The purpose of this note is to let you know of the opportunity.  You may "register" either by sending me a note at timothy.higgins@rocket.com or using the following link Register to attend the TNE Study Session.  Please use either method before 8SEP2015 to let me know of your intention to participate in a portion of the seven sessions or in the entire series.  Repeat participants and first timers are equally welcome.

The book is The New Economics for Government, Industry, Education  2nd Edition by W. Edwards Deming (ISBN-10: 0-262-54116-5       ISBN-13: 978-0-262-54116-9).  [Available in Kindle format also.] Please plan to obtain your copy of the book in time to prepare for the first session by reading the introductory text and the first two chapters.

From the back cover of the Fourth printing of the 2nd Edition of The New Economics

This book is for people in industry, government and education who are living under the tyranny of the prevailing style of management.

Learn about Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge – the knowledge needed for transformation to a new style of management.  Understand how to create product and service to achieve sustainability, innovation and continually improving results.  Explore the reasons to abolish performance reviews on the job and grades in schools.  Discover why cooperation, not competition, is the engine of success.  Find out how to develop pride in work and joy in learning.

About the series

We will read two chapters (or so) before each of six sessions then connect to share ideas about what we have read.  We will conduct a seventh session relating what we may have learned to current events at work, at home, or in the news.  

Typically, not all participants are able to join all seven sessions.  Though participating more is better, the series is not an attendance contest.

At each session of the series, we will have supplemental information aimed at provoking additional thought.

How to participate

Aerojet-Rocketdyne will arrange a free call-in number for Aerojet-Rocketdyne employees and for non-employees in the USA. [Non-employee callers from abroad can connect via phone at their expense.]

Please register by 8SEP2015 indicating your intention to participate in the series.

Day        Date         Time (Pacific)

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14-Sep

3:00 - 5:00 pm

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16-Sep

3:00 - 5:00 pm

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21-Sep

3:00 - 5:00 pm

W

23-Sep

3:00 - 5:00 pm

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28-Sep

3:00 - 5:00 pm

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30-Sep

3:00 - 5:00 pm

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5-Oct

3:00 - 5:00 pm

   

Dr. Deming, Pensione Ricciolli in Florence, Italy, 1948

Dr. Deming standing in front of the Pensione Ricciolli in Florence, Italy while on a business trip in 1948.

 

Dr. Deming standing in front of the Pensione Ricciolli in Florence, Italy while on a business trip in 1948.

 

See more photos from the W. Edwards Deming Institute Facebook photo album.

4 Key Innovation Thoughts from Dr. Deming

4 Key Innovation Thoughts from Dr. Deming

Blog post by Corie Roudebush Spialek on the Innovation Engineering blog