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Norman Bodek. 15 September

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Norman Bodek was educated at the University of Wisconsin, the New York University, the New York University Graduate School of Business, and the Graduate School of Education. Norman spent two years in the US Army and six years in reserve. He practiced as a public accountant, and was the first person to automate accounting on a Bendix G15 computer in 1960!

In 1979 he started Productivity Press and was responsible for bringing legends of the Japanese Lean Manufacturing, such as Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno, to the notice of the English speaking world. He’s also been inducted into Industry Week’s Hall of Fame, and the American Manufacturing Association’s Hall of Fame. He started the Shingo Prize at Utah State University, winning a “Research and Professional Publication Award” in 2005. Other winners include, Jeff Liker, John Shook, Jim Womack, and Henry Ford! He has taught a “Best of Japanese management” course at Portland State University. He is constantly discovering new techniques and principles, particularly from Japan.

Not only has he Keynoted around 50 management conferences, he has appeared via video at LAST Conferences in Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.