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I’ve been lucky to study under a number of great teachers, but no one has deepened my understanding like Matt of TnT. He was not just a consultant, but a true mentor, challenging conventional thinking to impart his deep knowledge of TPS at all levels of the operation. For Merck, Matt’s coaching enabled rapid improvement that drove record levels of production.

— Joel Gross, Founder and Principal Contributor at TheKaizone.com

I am very fortunate to have worked with Matt. His excellent managing style and Team building skills are at the top-of-the-game, bar none. Matt’s passionate teaching’s of TPS are portrayed in his every action. He is a compassionate manager, who motivates his Team to accomplish great goals, using simple but rigorous tools.

— Tom Deane, Operations Manager at Magna Seating

I have been working with Matt for over a year now. Matt’s knowledge of TPS/Lean is excellent and is only exceeded by his ability to understand how to help others apply it to their own situations. We have applied his approach successfully not only to the shop floor but also in how leadership supports and promotes the efforts (Leaders Standardized work).

— Sean O’Keefe, Associate Director VVES at Merck

Finally, a program that combines management theory with practical examples, applications and assignments taken from your own environment! This opportunity to put into play what was taught moments before is  reinforced by assignments that are to be completed during the intervening weeks.

— Mike Oberemk, Operations Manager at Magna Exteriors and Interiors

I had the good fortune to attend a TPS seminar and workshop put on by SME and conducted by TnT. Using a widget assembly we were able to put learned concepts into practical practice through 6 steps to TPS implementation.

— Kevin Jenkins, Vice President Operations at ABC Group

Matt Elson and his True North Thinking team’s approach is different from a “lean” approach. Sure, the tools and techniques like problem solving, standardized work and visual management are part of it, but the deeper development of people and leaders are crucial for long term business success. I would highly recommend the TnT team!

Matt Elson, y su acercamiento como equipo de True North Thinking son diferente si los compares con un acercamiento de ‘’Lean’’. Claro las herramientas y técnicas que se usan para solucionar y estandarizar problemas son parte de, pero el desarrollo intenso de la gente y lideres son los cruciales para tener éxito a largo plazo. Yo si recomiendo el equipo de TnT.

— Rene Boerop, General Manager at Old Mexico Manufacturing

Matt Elson and his True North Thinking delivered a very instructive (and fun!) Toyota Kata Improvement Workshop for my Apotex team. The workshop was a great mix of the theory on embedding a scientific approach to improvement into an organization, as well as hands-on practical activities for leaders to practise. I would highly recommend the workshop as a starting point for any continuous improvement/leadership development journey.

— Jamie Flannery, Director at Global Manufacturing Excellence

Do you aspire to create a culture of excellence, or an environment that develops people to achieve their true potential?

Look no further then Matt Elson and the True North Thinking team! Having the pleasure to work with Matt and apply the True North Thinking approach has been nothing short of incredible. Seeing first-hand the development of people and process is truly amazing, breaking free from our historical approaches and empowering individuals has sparked engagement and excitement from our team members that can be reflected in our increased performance.

I would recommend Matt and the True North Thinking team without hesitation to develop and up-level any company that is ready for positive and sustainable change.

— Zoran Puskaric – Production Manager at Plasman

I recently had the opportunity to learn and understand the principles of “Improvement Kata” attending a workshop led by Matt.

The way Matt presented the topic and practically showed how to approach and implement the continuous improvement culture, it has won me over. I have been mesmerized by how simple it can be to change mind set having someone like Matt showing you the path.

The confirmation of that arrived few days after the workshop when Matt introduced the PDCA cycle as scientific thinking to daily problem solving instead of a undefined random hunting for reaction to problems.

The closing point has been for me the Coaching Kata process that it has reinforced the concept of how to make scientific thinking teachable and transferable and also how teams can be united by a challenge, a systemic way of working and a solution!!

I would not hesitate to recommend Matt Elson to any organizations how want to take on the continuous improvement transformation.

— Davide Martino – Corporate Quality Manager at Omega Tool Corp.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If it feels like Groundhog Day where you’ve lived the same problems over and over and cannot seem to progress forward, bringing in TnT (True North Thinking will challenge what you think you know, and help you see things in a different way.

Matt is the epitome of fanatical discipline – there are no if’s and or buts allowed, only facts, actions and results. His team employs a simple but powerful approach that will blow you out of your comfort zone and force you to face reality head on.

My experience with Matt has completely altered my way of thinking. It isn’t some super secret, mysterious complex answer – but rather the opposite. It’s learning and re-learning how to effectively tackle obstacles in the simplest way possible.

Their methodology is applicable in every field – virtually anywhere that any problem exists, they can help. So if you’re tired of going in circles, and you’re nearing the brink of insanity – check out what TNT can do for you!

— Christina Law – Director, Plant Operations

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