LAST Conference Anywhere

LAST Anywhere Talk with Norman Bodek, Ahmed Avais, and Christophe Makni

Norman Bodek

This is the first part of a talk that was part of the LAST Conference Anywhere series. Extended versions of the most recent talks in the series are available for FREE at the LAST Clubhouse. The complete archive of full-length talks is available for Clubhouse Full Members.

Leadership Social Responsibility – Creating a new and powerful organization

About the talk/panel

In 2019, 181 of the World’s top CEOs made a commitment to shift from “profits only,” to become socially responsible: to serve customers better, to help employees build their skills, to work better with suppliers, to serve their communities and improve the environment, and to also look to the long-term benefits for their investors. This is a monumental shift from the past and requires a whole new manager; giving vast new opportunities to all. In this talk, Norman, Ahmed and Christophe will help you to learn how to help your organization make this very important shift and to find great new opportunities for you.

They will also be covering the subject of “Working With and Living With the Virus”. There are ways to work with and live with the virus. As President Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Maybe we can view the virus as a good thing if it gets us to change the very nature of work and to get us more focused on creating a better world for us all. People are capable of doing amazing things. They only need capable managers to help them discover and develop talent within them.

Norman’s new book, The Leader’s Guide for Social Responsibility, looks at all of the above and more. He was assisted in writing the book by Ahmed Avais and Christophe Makni.

Norman will join us via video from Japan
Ahmed will join us from North Carolina
Christophe will join us from Basel, Switzerland

About Norman

Educated at University of Wisconsin, New York University, New York University Graduate School of Business, and 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.

About Ahmed

Ahmed Avais is an Agile Coach and a Human Systems Dynamics Professional. He uses curiosity to invite people into his teaching and learning. He starts where you are, with the team or the individual. Ahmed uses a variety of tools, all focused on helping you see your system, so you can chart your path to high performance.

Ahmed blogs at and is engaged in coaching coaches and leaders on unleashing their potential.

About Christophe

Christophe Makni studied mathematics and computer science at a French Engineering School (ENSIMAG, Grenoble) and specialised in robotics and machine learning in a research center in Germany (at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in 2001. After that, he worked in Europe as an IT and Process consultant until 2010 focusing on transforming companies using new technologies and business process management.

For the last 10 years he has been  working in the Swiss Financial Industry specialising in Lean transformations and Lean Startup. He is a passionate Lean Leader and Coach and practices Servant Leadership. He is currently Head of Processes and Lean at a Swiss Bank and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland for Lean Management and Innovation. He has been speakers more than 15 times on Lean and Process Management Conferences. He gets his life energy and passion from his 8-year old son.


Title: Leadership Social Responsibility – Creating a new and powerful organization
Date: Friday 1 May 2020 (AEST)
Duration: 60 minutes
Start Time: 8.00a Melbourne/AEST (Find your local time)

About LAST Anywhere Talks

LAST stands for Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking. It was born out of meetup groups and then a conference, started in Melbourne AU in 2012. Since then, it grew to also be held in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. 1st Conference (Organisational Agility) and Spark the Change Melbourne (Meaning and Purpose at work and in society) are related conferences.

LAST Anywhere talks and workshops draw subject matter from the full range of topics covered by LAST, 1st and Spark the Change. Delivered online, they aim to provide non-formal learning and valuable interactions, and extend on the value provided by physical events.

All you need is a good internet connection, a webcam, headphones, and a microphone. Also, you will need the focus to be present and make the most of the session.