CEO of famed Louisville Slugger says Deming principles 'key to success in hard
CINCINNATI, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The W. Edwards Deming Institute®, a name
synonymous with quality in management, is offering one of its prestigious 2
1/2 day seminars next week in the Queen City on October 19-21. The seminar
will provide participants with proven principles to successfully navigate
through today's crisis while instituting practices to ensure long term
success. "I signed up for the seminar thinking I was going to learn how to
make quality baseball bats and I learned quickly that it was about quality in
management," says Jack Hillerich, CEO of the world famous Slugger baseball
bat company in Louisville, Kentucky. "Dr. Deming's ways helped transform my
company into what it is today. I can't say enough good things about Dr. W.
Edwards Deming." Jack Hillerich has been on the Board of the W. Edwards Deming
Institute for almost a decade and his company is going strong and like Dr.
Deming's philosophy, is world renowned, this time for manufacturing quality
baseball bats that are sold in huge quantities to the major leagues.
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In 1980, after viewing the ground-breaking NBC documentary, If Japan Can, Why
Can't We?, Hillerich signed up for a Deming seminar. "And it has never been
the same," he says. Most recently, during tough times, Hillerich called on
the Deming's principles to help work with the company employees closely during
cutbacks. "Deming talks about transformation. It has to be a transformation
and a collaboration. Your workers need to understand where you are coming
from. Dr. Deming also said, no matter what you do, stay in business, and keep
providing jobs. He wasn't so rigid. He said to keep it going no matter what
you do," added Hillerich.
Why are Deming's ideas the answer? Dr. Deming ignited the worldwide 'quality'
revolution and his legacy lives on today. In 1950, in an effort to revive
Japan's ailing economy, Dr. Deming was invited there. Japan's industry was in
complete ruins and "made in Japan" was synonymous with poor quality. Over the
next three years, management executives controlling 80% of the capital in
Japan attended his many seminars, and Deming revitalized Japanese industry and
their economy. In recognition, the Emperor of Japan awarded Deming the highly
coveted Second Order Medal of the Sacred Treasure. Back home, Deming quickly
became the major force behind the "quality control" effort in corporate
America and the voice of quality worldwide.
"Deming understood that quality was not only the answer but also the outcome
of better leadership, management and practice," says Kevin Cahill, Dr.
Deming's grandson and Vice President of The Deming Institute. "My grandfather
recognized and predicted the impending global crisis years ago and here we are
today." Through their seminars, The Deming Institute identifies practices
creating problems in an organization and introduces attendees to effective
management practices that will lead them on a path of transformation. "My
grandfather's legacy continues in so many ways today. This seminar is only
the beginning," added Cahill.
"Out of the Crisis," the W. Edwards Deming Institute's Cincinnati Seminar will
feature Deming Institute trained facilitators and will be held October 19-21,
2009 at The Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati. (150 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202) For more information, or to register, visit
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Kevin Edwards Cahill of Deming Institute, +1-310-377-6308, Kevin@deming.org;
or Claire Sanders Swift for Deming Institute, +1-202-333-3316,