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Joanna McGuffey

Joanna McGuffey

Founder, Unconventional Works LLC
joanna@unconventional.works

Joanna is Founder and CEO of a boutique consulting firm focused on Leadership Development, Team Engagement and Workplace Burnout Reduction, specifically Physician Burnout. Joanna founded Unconventional Works on the principle that workplace excellence is not rooted in efficient processes, but in the humans who work there. With a passion for people to know who they are, what they do, and why they do it she desires to empower leaders and teams to have higher expectations. Joanna believes that all people have a desire to make a meaningful impact. This impact is not always huge, but its ripples reach beyond its source. Just because something has always been done a certain way does not mean it has to continue.  

Unconventional Works officially began Fall of 2015. Since then, they've facilitated workshops across the country for teams and leaders from a wide range of businesses and organizations. 

Joanna holds degrees in Fine Art and Psychology from California State University. She has over 20 years’ experience serving leadership teams across the country. Her passion for people and art led her to found an art school, focusing specifically on serving those who ordinarily don't perform well in the standard educational system. A few of her other entrepreneurial ventures include commissioned muralscustom artwork, and directed painting events and workshops. 

Articles by Joanna McGuffey
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 »
Workshops Taught by Joanna McGuffey
Courageous Leadership Experience (at the 2020 Lean Summit) An interactive workshop designed for those who desire to be challenged personally and professionally in order to sustain a lean culture of respect, continuous improvement, and shared responsibility - with courage.    Through this experience you will: Explore what it means to lead with courage (no matter your title) and how courageous leadership ripples through an entire organization and the customer experience Establish a deeper intentional connection to personal core strengths, creating a more powerful presence with others so as to increase personal effectiveness and positive influence.   Clarify your connection to a meaningful purpose for your work through a powerful exercise Capture the historic principles that were the driving values for Toyota Motor Company’s Five Precepts, which declare the purpose and shared core identity we see throughout the More »