New Simulation Brings Benefits Of Lean Manufacturing To The Office

Employees Quickly Grasp Lean Concepts and Overcome Resistance to Change; Unique Kit Cost-Effectively Trains Workers on All Organizational Levels

FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Visionary Products, Inc. introduced today a new training simulation, Lean Zone(TM) Office, that bridges the crucial gap between implementation of "lean" business practices and employee acceptance.

Experts agree that the primary roadblock to implementing organizational changes such as lean practices is employee resistance. According to the 2005 Best Practices in Change Management report published by Prosci Research of Loveland, CO, "the top obstacles to successful change are: 1) employee resistance at all levels: front-line, middle managers, and senior managers and, 2) inadequate senior management sponsorship."

Visionary Products, Inc. is the only company to offer simulations that help overcome resistance at all levels of an organization while teaching the fundamental concepts of "lean." The company offers fun, educational simulations designed to stimulate, educate and motivate employees to embrace organizational change, desire improvements, and gain a fundamental understanding of "lean" practices. Packaged in a unique kit format, Lean Zone simulations allow managers to easily and cost-effectively train employees in a matter of hours.

"Every business from health care to accounting has been examining ways to apply 'lean' to their operations," says Michael Deese, Founder and CEO of Visionary Products. "However, their attempts to implement change frequently fall short because management fails to communicate the benefits of 'lean' to those who have to carry it out. Lean Zone simulations provide a practical, cost-effective way to teach lean concepts to even the lowest level employee, and increase their receptivity to positive change."

Lean Zone Office applies the same principles used in lean manufacturing to the office environment. Participants work in a fictional company where they experience improving the quotation process. In as little as three hours, employees learn concepts such as cellular layout, elimination of non-value added steps, work balancing, cross training and flexible workforce. The $495 kit includes instructions for leading the simulation and materials for 21 participants.

About Visionary Products

Founded in 1995, Visionary Products, Inc. offers fun, educational simulations designed to stimulate, educate and motivate employees to embrace organizational change and "lean" business practices. The company's Lean Zone(TM) Production Methodologies, a cellular manufacturing simulation, has been sold in over 28 countries, and is widely used by Fortune 500 companies and other large organizations, including Bell Helicopter, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Eastman-Kodak. For more information, contact Visionary Products, 2450 Handley Ederville Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76118; USA; (1) 817-509-0680. Website: .

*Lean Zone is a trademark of Visionary Products, Inc.

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