People-centric leadership 101

When:  Jun 26, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (MT)
Developing a passionate, engaged workforce is the recipe for a thriving, successful business.

Accomplishing this requires a foundation of strong communication skills, critical listening capabilities and a robust process for converting people’s ideas into continuous improvement action. The PCL 101 course was designed by AME to provide organizations with a comprehensive overview of people-centric leadership and the behaviors required to build a culture where every day, everyone is fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes. If you’re interested in improving leadership behaviors and increasing engagement, the AME PCL 101 Course is for you.


Marc Kuzik is the continuous improvement manager for Argus Machine. Kuzik recently brought 14 of his teammembers to attend the PCL 101 workshop in Edmonton. "I believe the content within the people-centric leadership (workshop) is that keystone that has been our missing link—a link if you will—between the lean tools and our lean thinking or lean management. This is really, I think, a great opportunity to give our employees the ability to have good conversations. The content in this course changed the conversation that we’re having between colleagues and team members. It started even during the break time at the 101. I think it gives us tools we’ve never been taught and how to ask good clear questions and start to listen to those answers. That, to me, is changing the conversation and allows us to achieve enterprise excellence.” 

Ron Harper, AME board past chairman and president of Cogent Power, has been formally working with people-centric leadership for more than 10 years. “You need to engage the whole person. So, if you take a look at you, me and anybody else that is working in an organization or company that has a responsibility—we all have different roles in our lives—and that role could be as a parent or a hockey coach. It could be a volunteer in a hospital. We all carry different roles and to be dealing with the whole person in a leadership capacity is about not just looking at the employee part of that person in terms of the way you engage with them, you actually are engaging with the whole person in all the roles of their life.” 

To learn more about what PCL is all about, check out these episodes of Applied Excellence, new podcast series by the AME Canadian region!

Episode 4 - Deep dive into people-centric leadership with Lisa Weis, Ron Harper and Marc Kuzik

People-centric leadership (PCL) expert and trainer Lisa Weis, PCL practitioner and president of Cogent Power Ron Harper and continuous improvement leader for Argus Machine Marc Kuzik deep dive into people-centric leadership - what it is, why it's important and how it provides enormous value to companies. Click play below to listen now!

Episode 3 - People-centric leadership 101 with Ron Harper

This episode of Applied Excellence features a coversation with president of Cogent Power Ron Harper, who has been practicing people-centric leadership for more than 10 years. Click play below to listen now!


8:00 a.m.   -   8:15 a.m.  Welcome & networking
8:15 a.m.   -   9:00 a.m.  Introductions
9:00 a.m.   - 10:00 a.m.  Defining people-centric leadership and organizational impact
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Leadership behaviors, self-reflection and building relationships
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch
12:30 p.m. -   2:00 p.m.  Leadership behaviors, communication/listening, celebration and recognition
2:00 p.m.   -   2:15 p.m.  Break
2:15 p.m.   -   3:15 p.m.  Leadership behaviors that support the growth and development of people
3:15 p.m.   -   4:00 p.m.  Goal setting, feedback and alignment in a people-centric culture
4:00 p.m.    -  4:30 p.m.  Call to action & summary
4:30 p.m.                         Wrap-up


NovAtel Inc.

NovAtel is a leading provider of high precision GPS and GNSS positioning technology such as GPS antennas, GPS receivers and GNSS/INS systems. NovAtel started its lean journey in 2003 by attending the first AME conference in Toronto. With the support of upper management and the training and empowerment of employees, the company implemented the 5S, Kanban and cellular manufacturing. Throughout the lean journey, they've encounter challenges and will share their lessons learned. In 2014, NovAtel was awarded the AME Excellence Award.

NovAtel is part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, which also includes VERIPOS. Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create autonomous connected ecosystems (ACE). Learn more at


NovAtel Inc.
10921 14 St. NE
Calgary, AB T3K 2L5