Lean Blog — 502: Lean from a General Manager and Executive Perspective: DeWayne Allen

My guest for Episode #502 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is DeWayne Allen, an executive, speaker, and workshop facilitator.

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DeWayne is a results-driven executive with over 20 years of experience, renowned for leveraging a solid engineering and operations background to propel growth for Fortune 500 organizations. 

As a visionary leader, DeWayne excels in crafting and executing strategic plans to deliver desired outcomes. With a proven track record in fostering relationships and adeptly managing cross-functional teams, DeWayne ensures seamless alignment of internal operations with overarching business objectives. 

He is also a trusted advisor to C-suite executives for strategic decision-making.

DeWayne is dedicated to empowering 1000+ Black leaders to become influential corporate executives through STEM education, fostering diversity, equity, and innovation.

In this episode, we discuss how industrial engineering principles can be harnessed into strategic corporate leadership. Allen, who began his career as an engineer, spotlights his use of Six Sigma, lean methodologies, and continuous improvement tactics to tackle modern business challenges, from corporate turnarounds to driving growth. His success in transitioning into business-oriented roles, executing lean success in dynamic environments, and managing diverse operational aspects as a general manager add to his rich collection of professional experiences.

Moreover, Allen’s innovative application of lean methodologies to the hectic process of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) demonstrate his knack for using these principles regardless of context. And his view on incorporating lean management within nonprofits signals a broader utility for these principles outside of just manufacturing or profit-centered entities. In light of Allen’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), he champions the integration of these ethical and social values with lean principles for greater operational excellence. Join us and delve deeper into the workings of DeWayne Allen’s lean philosophy and powerful leadership style.

Questions, Notes, and Highlights:

  • What’s your Lean origin story?
  • As a leader, helping everybody feel like and work like ONE TEAM?
  • Becoming a formal leader — steps to work up to being a GM?
  • What are some of your favorite stories or examples of using Lean throughout your career?
  • You’ve worked as General Manager — The split of your time and attention? 
  • What was your view of Lean in that role and what you learned there?
  • Tell us about applying Lean in Mergers and Acquisitions work? Can you make that a process?
  • Tell us about your work in the Non-profit space – National Society of Black Engineers, applying it there?

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