Thought Leaders - Talk Business

Mike Whisman, Business Executive Experienced in Operational Improvement in Military and Manufacturing, Speaks with Debbie Fliehman About Striving for World-Class Leadership

October 16, 2020 Debbie Fliehman
Thought Leaders - Talk Business
Mike Whisman, Business Executive Experienced in Operational Improvement in Military and Manufacturing, Speaks with Debbie Fliehman About Striving for World-Class Leadership
Show Notes

Mike Whisman is a business executive with 40+ years of progressive experience in Fortune 500 manufacturing operations and quality leadership in military, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. Mike has held high levels of responsibilities in multi-functional, multi-plant, and multi-divisional arenas. He offers an extensive background in device and biologic manufacturing, Total Quality Management, operational excellence, supplier performance improvement, and assessment using the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Shingo Prize Criteria. He has helped companies improve performance to world-class levels.

In this episode, Mike addresses factors an organization needs to consider when striving for world-class leadership. These include acknowledging that leadership is a process, designing a strategic plan, developing a succession plan, assessing risk factors, and deploying and measuring to ensure desired results are being attained. 

Mike expertly speaks about the importance of creating a mission, vision and values, developing strategies for each, defining metrics for measuring success, and celebrating milestones. Designing a strategic plan calls for identifying team members, aligning activities with the mission, vision, and values, defining goals and objectives, and developing a budget and timeline. Developing a succession plan involves identifying successors and mentors and the required training and education, communicating the plan, and setting that plan in motion. Assessing risk factors includes identifying supplier products and services, aligning those with the organization's products, evaluating capacity, the impact of natural disasters, and other occurrences, and developing a plan to offset risks. Deploying and measuring requires developing a communication plan, identifying training, education, and role modeling methods, agreeing on universal metrics, and setting a plan in motion. 

Mike Whisman can be reached at [email protected] and 847-271-5075.

Debbie Fliehman can be reached at [email protected] and 847-902-4175.