Des Moines Area Community College
I have been a professional Lean/Continuous Improvement Trainer and Consultant for Des Moines Area Community College since 2001. I am also a Certified Hypnotist & Hypnosis Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, a published author, and an Independent Certified Health Coach with Optavia. My passion is educating people to think better, work better, feel better, and be better!
As a Lean consultant/trainer I design user-friendly curriculum, train trainers, and lead process improvement activities throughout the country for all types of organizations including city/state governments, manufacturing, service organizations, higher education, and K-12 education in addition to DMACC's six campuses. I've conducted over 1300 training sessions in Lean and Leadership programs for over 150 organizations.
My lean knowledge and drive to educate others on process improvement stems from 15 years in manufacturing (Pella Corporation, 3M and Maytag) and more than 20 years as a consultant, trainer and educator.
My passion is to help people to improve what they do, how they do it, how they feel (mentally and physically), and help them reach their full potential. Hence my work as a Lean practitioner, hypnotist, author and health coach.
Certified NIST trainer (Manufacturing)
Certified Master Trainer and curriculum designer for workplacelean(R) (Office/Transactional)
Qualified Instructor: MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
Certified Leadership trainer: DDI (Developmental Dimensions International), Achieve Global & Logic Opera.
National Guild of Hypnotists Certified Hypnotist and Certified Hypnosis Instructor
Certified Health Coach
Slykhuis, B. (2019) Continuous Improvement in Higher Education: How to Begin Your Institution’s Lean Journey. New York: Taylor and Francis
Yorkshire, S. (2019) Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools. New York: Taylor and Francis
Slykhuis, B. (2015) Launch: Lean Process Mapping for Office Environments. Self-Published
Slykhuis, B. 2010. Community College’s Lean Efforts Save Time, Money. ASQ (April). http://asq.org/edu/2010/04/continuous-improvement/community-colleges-lean-efforts-save-time-money.pdf