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Thomas Richert

Thomas Richert

Principal, RisingTerrain LLC
tom.richert@risingterrain.com

Tom’s coaching equips enterprise and project teams to magnify their impact through higher levels of performance. His focus is on helping team members connect personal aspirations with team purpose, cultivate a shared leadership culture, and build new capabilities for peak results; all aligned with an aspirational impact meaningful to the team. This alignment is fundamental to cultivating the mood of ambition necessary to maintain the rigor lean practices require.

In 2017 Tom led a workshop that brought together leading lean practitioners with a group of artists to explore an arts interpretation of lean practices. The experience and insights from that workshop are documented in his book, Lean Conversations: The Energy of the Creative Ethos in Your Life and Work, with a foreword by John Shook.

Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 when he became responsible for leading the implementation of lean practices on two New England building projects in 2001 and for designing and delivering companywide lean training workshops. He is the co-author of papers addressing lean topics published by the American Association of Civil Engineers and the International Group for Lean Construction and has lectured on lean construction at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a Lean Summit workshop facilitator, a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), as has presented work at past LCI annual conferences.

Articles by Thomas Richert
The Courage to be Lean
A meaningful purpose is not what you are doing or how you are doing it, argue Joanna McGuffey and Tom Richert. It’s why your team is doing anything in the first place. When teams do not know why they are doing what they are doing, there is a tendency to disengage due to lack of ownership and passion. More »
Lean Gratitude
As Thanksgiving approaches, Tom Richert notes that powering the TPS scientific mindset is a great deal of emotional energy. At this time of year, he reminds us of Sakichi Toyoda's precept: Be reverent, and show gratitude for things great and small in thought and deed. More »
Expanding Our Perspective on Lean, Part 3: Lean is a Practice in Search of a Language
To explore the idea that there may be other angles for understanding lean management than business or analytical perspectives, a group of lean management practitioners met with artists. Here’s what surprised them. More »
Expanding Our Perspective on Lean Management, Part 2: Lean has its Roots in Spirituality
To explore the idea that there may be other angles for understanding lean management than business or analytical perspectives, a group of lean management practitioners met with artists. Here’s what surprised them. More »
Expanding Our Perspective on Lean Management, Part 1: A Creative Ethic
To explore the idea that there may be other angles for understanding lean management principles than purely business or analytical perspectives, a group of lean management practitioners met with artists. Here’s what surprised them. More »