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Lean Workshops & Seminars

Real Applications, Not Just Concepts

We design our workshops to answer the question many of you have about Lean concepts, "What concrete steps do I take on Monday morning to begin implementing?"

So we teach you actual applications, not just concepts, in plain language with the case studies, worksheets, formulas, and methodologies you need. You learn step-by-step methodologies for implementing and making the critical leap from the conventional business focus on optimizing individual processes to the value-stream focus of optimizing the flow of value. No wonder our workshops have a reputation for practical and comprehensive content.

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  • A Factory of One: Applying Lean Thinking to Improve Your Personal Performance(on-site only) As lean moves out of the "tool age," leaders—managers, directors, executives— must invest more time in the critical work of lean leadership: going to the gemba to support value creators in their improvement work and coaching and mentoring teams to develop their problem solving capabilities. This ensures that all organizational processes continuously add value to customers. Read more >

  • Aligning the Right Behaviors with Your Business Objectives This hands-on workshop gives you a simple, practical method to scrutinize your business objectives against the traits and behaviors needed to achieve your objectives. To reinforce the training, you’ll work through case studies based on actual research and experiments within companies. We will look at improving the interrelationships (indicated by the circles in the graphic below) between business behaviors and three key elements of lean leadership. Read more >

  • Building Effective Coaching Relations This workshop explores the key aspects of a coaching relationship which focuses on helping others develop the problem solving capability required for implementing lean and building the culture of continuous improvement. Read more >

  • Change Agent Skills for Lean Implementation Leaders Learn how to lead others to and through implementation of lean change activities by persuasion, influence, demonstration, negotiation, and teaching. Read more >

  • Developing People with Capability for Lean Learn about a supportive management environment for lean performance. Explore the manger’s role in people development and responsibilities in creating a learning environment. Identify the perspectives, capabilities and behaviors required by the role and examine organizational systems and practices that support managers in carrying out their role to develop and sustain capability for performance in a lean operation. Read more >

  • Gemba Walks - A Management Process for Leading the Organization This opening paragraph of the Introduction of Jim Womack’s latest book Gemba Walks is the starting point for a gemba-based learning experience designed to help participants better understand their role in creating lean thinking through lean management led by their own behavior in “taking a walk”. Read more >

  • Getting the Right Things Done A major problem in a lean transformation is taking on too many initiatives at once. Policy Deployment guides you in "de-selecting" initiatives down to the ones the organization can really achieve while aligning them with company strategic objectives. Read more >

  • Improvement Kata / Coaching Kata What is a Kata? A kata is a pattern you practice to learn a skill and mindset. Through practice the pattern of a kata becomes second nature - done with little conscious attention - and readily available. Examples are riding a bicycle, driving a car, typing. People who have learned to drive don't think much about using the car's controls. They focus on navigating the road ahead. Read more >

  • Improvement Kata Experience This interactive experiential workshop offers the content and activities from Day 1 of our three-day Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata program with the intent to demonstrate two core Kata routines through hands-on practice. Read more >

  • Improvement Kata Seminar This interactive experiential workshop offers the content and activities from Day 2 of our three-day Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata program with the intent to help you understand and begin practicing a systematic routine for continuously improving the work you do. Read more >

  • Integrating Visual Management This workshop introduces the tools and practices of visual management as one of the components of the Lean Management System and shows how they need to be used to effectively support the daily routine of lean leaders. Read more >

  • Integrating Visual Management Tools and Leader Standard Work This course deals with designing and executing an implementation plan to migrate your company from one of “gather data, synthesize, meet, and react” to one of “see waste, manage exceptions, and improve processes”.   It will show you how to tie together the tools of Policy Deployment, Value Stream Mapping, Visual Management, and Management Standard Work. The emphasis of the course is on the development of visual management tools and incorporating them into management standard work. Read more >

  • Lead with Respect: Practicing Respect for People to Enable Engagement, Teamwork & Accountability Building a great organization requires effective leadership. It turns out that leadership skills can be learned. A key element that is often misunderstood is what it means to lead with respect. This learning session explores why leading with respect is essential in a successful transformation, what respect looks like in practice, and how it impacts your people to drive lasting change for the better. Read more >

  • Leader Standard Work There is lots of information out there on how to improve processes in industrial, office, and healthcare settings, but very little practical information on how to manage new processes as they are put into place. This workshop will help you learn how to review your existing management systems, supplant them with more effective lean methods and practices, and become more effective at creating a sustainable lean culture moving forward. Read more >

  • Leading in a Continuous Improvement Culture: Engaging and Coaching Problem Solving Thinkers This two-day workshop addresses the challenges leaders face in making the transition from a culture in which problem solving is the job of a few to one that fosters and enables continuous problem solving and improvement efforts at all levels. Read more >

  • Lean Journey Self-Assessment Tool Whether you are starting out, strengthening, or reinvigorating your lean efforts within your organization this workshop will provide you with a tool to better understand where you are today and what your future can look like. Read more >

  • Lean Leadership: Through the Transformation and Beyond The purpose of this interactive one-day program is to facilitate a discussion with senior leaders about the challenges and obstacles they face implementing change relative to the Lean transformation. The program will address the roles, responsibilities and competencies of senior leaders that support the implementation of the Lean enterprise. Read more >

  • Lean Management System This one-day course is an overview of the elements that comprise the Lean Management System and an examination of how they work together to create a system of continuous improvement through collaborative problem solving. Read more >

  • Managing to Learn: The Use of the A3 Management Process This workshop introduces the A3 management process and the way of thinking represented in the A3 format that capture the heart of lean management. Participants will be provided an overview of various forms and uses of the A3 format and will have an opportunity to create their own A3. Working in small groups, they will be able to read, discuss, and evaluate each another’s A3s. Read more >

  • Online Webcast Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture Process-improvement tools are important, but their ultimate effectiveness depends on the ability to develop the underlying culture of problem solving to support continuous growth and improvement. This webcast explores the foundations of Toyota’s unique culture, and the role leaders play in supporting the transition from conventional to lean culture. Read more >

  • Problem Solving to Align Purpose, Process and People This is an expanded version of our 1-day Lean Problem Solving workshop which is offered exclusively in our office in Cambridge, MA. Read more >

  • Step 1,Skills to Coach for Development: Recognizing Effective PDCA Problem Solving This workshop will review the basic six-step PDCA process for investigating problems and deciding the most effective ways to eliminate them. It is intended to help leaders and coaches develop the listening and observation skills to recognize and model sound PDCA problem solving based on grasp of actual conditions. It will also prepare leaders to facilitate teams in PDCA thinking and coach employees to develop the skills to apply the process on their own. Read more >

  • Step 2, Skills to Coach for Development: Basic Techniques for Humble Inquiry Questioning Learn how to switch from trying to be the person out front leading the charge to being someone who utilizes his/her knowledge and experience to coach employees when needed. In other words try the sensei approach to coaching and leading. Read more >

  • Step 3, Skills to Coach for Development: Advanced Techniques for Humble Inquiry Questioning Specifically, Step 3, Skills to Coach for Development: Advanced Techniques for Humble Inquiry Coaching will focus on two critical skills to help you ask the right question at the right time. First, you will discover techniques for increasing your awareness of the coachee and yourself as two people engaged in a purposeful discussion. Second, you will learn ways to pick up on where the coachee is in his or her problem-solving thinking and ask questions to help them look more deeply or move ahead as needed. Together these skills will greatly improve your effectiveness in helping others to develop their PDCA problem-solving thinking. Read more >

  • Step 4, Skills to Coach for Development: Facilitating Reflection for Learning and Improvement This program will explore the nature and importance of reflection and give you opportunities to learn and practice the basic skills for leading the process of reflection. As with the other programs in the Skills for Coaching to Develop sequence, the focus will be on using humble inquiry questioning to facilitate others in reflecting. Read more >

  • Strategy Deployment and Alignment through Hoshin This workshop will help leaders understand Policy Deployment as a process for "de-selecting" initiatives down to the ones the organization can really achieve while aligning them with company strategic objectives and deploying them down through the organizational ranks. Read more >

  • Sustainable Lean Culture: Connecting the “Product” and the “People” Value Streams Process-improvement tools are important, but their ultimate effectiveness depends on the ability to develop the underlying culture of problem solving to support continuous growth and improvement. This workshop explores the foundations of Toyota’s unique culture and helps you develop an action plan to support the transition from conventional to lean culture. Read more >

  • Transformational Leadership: An Experiential Program for Lean Leaders This 2.5-day executive program uses experiential methodology to uncover the thinking that drives leaders’ behaviors. The program engages you in a realistic business simulation followed by a series of debriefs for reflection on your current leadership style and in order to help you develop a plan for moving toward a more effective lean leadership model. Read more >

  • TWI: Job Instruction This workshop will provide an overview of TWI with a focus on the Job Instruction program. Job Instruction is The Way to get A person to Quickly Remember how to do A job Correctly, Safely, and Conscientiously. These work standards then provide the foundation for employee engagement, continuous improvement and problem solving. Read more >

  • TWI: Job Relations Along with LEI’s workshop TWI: Job Instruction, the Job Relations Training for Leaders class provides an overview of another component of the Training Within Industry Program which was created by the United States during World War II, and has been used by Toyota and other Japanese companies for over 50 years to develop leaders and an exceptional workforce. Read more >

  • Understanding Lean Transformation Come explore the components of the Lean Transformation Model, see examples of what others are doing and reflect upon some potential gaps to close within your own organization. Read more >