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Effective Operations Leadership

Effective Operations Leadership

Effective Operations Leadership
June 19, 2014, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$550 per person, 0.8 CEU, 8 PDHs


Leading a process plant in the 21st century is a serious job. Business cycles cause markets to fluctuate so quickly that your planners may change production orders several times a shift. Regulatory demands grow ever tighter. Corporate wants improved year over year cost performance. Demographic changes in the workforce have your supervisors shaking their heads. You have to keep everyone on top of their game to sustain safety performance. Someone, somewhere in the world is pushing the technical edge in ways that no one has thought about and you have to keep up. If this sounds familiar, we have an offer for you!

Effective Operations Leadership is a day-long seminar that takes a hard look at what you need to do to succeed in manufacturing leadership. Whether you are a seasoned veteran, just making the transition from day to day management to a strategic role, or expect to do so in the near future, we will give you perspective on the challenges of leading a manufacturing site and practical approaches to help you meet them.

In this seminar you will learn how to:

  • Balance technical, business and human factors to achueve competitive advantage
  • Support day to day technical challenges in operations while preparting for the technology of the future
  • Align the performance of your site with company objectives and meet critcal business needs
  • Use a systematic approach to drive improved human performance


This seminar is intended to give you new ways to think about your role as a leader in manufacturing. We will consider the challenges faced by leadership in different segment of the process industry and provide practical approaches that you can take back and use at your facility. We use interactive lecture, instructor-led group activities, and practical exercises. Come prepared to discuss your most difficult challenges!


Those concerned with addressing the leadership challenges of today's manufacturing environment, including site managers, operations managers, plant leadership team members as well as those potentially moving into a leadership role. 

Session 1: Assessing Your Situation

In the opening discussion, we will show you how to quickly evaluate your site's competitive position and ability to meet current challenges.
Topics Include:

  • Manufacturing in the 21st century
  • Understanding your competitve situation
  • Assessing the needsd of the business
  • Understanding the needs of your site
Session 2: Effective Technical Leadership

Most leaders in manufacturing had their first success in a technical position. Making the transition from a day to day role requires the ability to position your site to meet future challenges. This session will help you develop a deeper understanding of site capability and anticipate where it needs to be to succeed in the years ahead.
Topics Include: 

  • Learning to look ahead
  • Understanding site capability and capacity
  • Identifiying site strengths
  • Keeping your tools sharp
  • Maintaining your infrastructure base
  • Implementation at the lading technical edge
  • Preparing for the future
Session 3: Effective Business Leadership

A manufacturing leader must be fully engaged with the success of the business that site production supports. In this session, we will consider strategies to drive down costs. We also examine practical approaches to maintaining regulatory compliance and product quality. 
Topics Include: 

  • Thinking for the site, thinking for the business
  • Knowing the competition
  • Understanding your supply base
  • Driving your costs down
  • Optimizing regulatory compliance
  • Quality considerations
  • The lost art of time management
  • The right amount of planning
  • Understanding and managing your risks
Session 4: Effective People Leadership

Site workforce performance is an area with great potential for optimization, but is frequently the area that site leadership is least prepared to address. In the final session, we will introduce a practical and systematic approach to help you get the most from your people.
Topics Include: 

  • Analyzing work force trends
  • Getting the right people
  • A systematic approach to managing performance
  • Building working relations
  • Communicating as a site leader
  • Translate plans into effective actions
  • Understanding your organizational capacity for change
  • What to do when bad things happen

Chris Dannenmaier is a Principal Consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Plant Leadership Systems, LLC.  Chris is Chemical Engineer with 25 years' experience in leading and advising all phases of manufacturing operations in the process industries.  As CEO of Plant Leadership Systems, LLC, he serves as a lead consultant and oversees projects that assist clients in improvements to the organization and operation of process manufacturing facilities around the globe.  In addition, he conducts training and seminars aimed at extending the skill set of plant supervisors and managers.
His former operating companies and positions include Process Engineer with GAF Chemicals, Production Superintendent with Syntex Chemicals, Engineering Manager, Production Manager, and Plant Manager with International Specialty Products and Director of Manufacturing with Roche Colorado Corporation.  His consulting work prior to Plant Leadership Systems includes work with TTS Performance Systems and KBC Advanced Technologies, where he managed world-wide projects for global oil and refining companies as well as developed workshops such as Process Optimization.
Chris has implemented operations projects across the United States, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.   He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Manufacturing Executive Program.

Price: $550 - Includes lunch, refreshments and parking
Certificates will be issued for 0.8 CEUs or 8 PDHs
Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover accepted
Checks should be made payable to McNeese State University and mailed to the following address:
McNeese State University
Institute for Industry-Education Collaboration
Box 91834
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-562-4139  or 337-562-4268        Fax: 562-4272          Email:
To download a registration form, click the link below. Please return the completed form via email to: or fax to: 337-562-4272
Registration form IIEC.pdf