Danaher opens new expanded Danaher Business System University for Europe

28.02.2020 - Danaher has written an incomparable success story over the past 35 years. The key element for achieving success at Danaher is the consistent application of one of Danaher's core values: the Danaher Business System. 

This core value wouldn’t be anything if Danaher wouldn’t spread it across the operating companies and building DBS practitioners and ambassadors. Continuous improvement - as one of the DBS principles - includes continuous learning. To support this, Danaher has implemented four training centers called DBS University. Today, John Sekowski, VP DBS at Danaher, and Markus Lusser, President Leica Microsystems and Chairman of the Danaher Europe Board had the great pleasure to inaugurate the expanded DBS University at Leica Microsystems site in Wetzlar.

The first Danaher DBS University based in Europe was opened in Wetzlar in 2014. The success story is impressive: more than 10.000 students from around 45 nations have successfully completed a variety of training classes and action learning events. These include trainings such as PSP, VSM, Daily Management, Leadership Essentials, and many more. More potential new leaders for all Danaher operating companies have been trained in this DBS Center of Excellence than anywhere else! The new rooms combine breathing the air of “DBS in action” with GEMBA - where it all comes together, e.g. in the various manufacturing departments of LMS, in the innovation Obeya rooms or multiple growth rooms.

Markus Lusser stated at the opening ceremony: “One of the priorities of the New European Board for 2020 is to improve DBS Leadership across Europe. The DBS University is an excellent venue to facilitate the improvement of DBS maturity using the 70/20/10 principle (70% of on the job experience, 20% comes coaching, and 10% is the result of formal training and course work). Leica Microsystems is extremely proud to be the multiplier enhancing Danaher and its associates to help them to cope with the raising demands and, as such, contribute to the Danaher shared value: Helping realize Life’s potential.”

Steven Lavender, DBS Office Director: “Leica has a long history with Danaher and has been very successful in the implementation of DBS. When participants come to Wetzlar, they experience not only the subject of their training but also can see at Gemba how DBS works and how the DBS culture helps Leica to develop their teams and deliver great results.”

Johannes Allermann, Corporate Director Talent Management for Danaher in Europe: “We continuously invest in our associates and leaders to help them cope with rising demands. We thus stepped up our offer of associate and leadership training. Having started with three training courses, DBSU now offers ten associate and leadership training courses across Danaher. We are planning to deliver even more leadership training in DBSU in the future.”

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About Leica Microsystems

Leica Microsystems develops and manufactures microscopes and scientific instruments for the analysis of microstructures and nanostructures. Ever since the company started as a family business in the nineteenth century, its instruments have been widely recognized for their optical precision and innovative technology. It is one of the market leaders in compound and stereo microscopy, digital microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy with related imaging systems, electron microscopy sample preparation, and surgical microscopes.

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