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Tom Richert

Tom Richert

Principal, Lean Project Consulting

Tom coaches lean transformations at the project team and enterprise levels, primarily for owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in the building design and construction industry. His approach employs a combination of team-based training with hands-on simulations followed by on-the-job observations and coaching, often on a one-on-one basis. 

His current focus is on helping leadership and project teams develop lean practices that align with their shared identities and core purposes. This alignment is fundamental to cultivating the mood of ambition necessary to maintain the rigor lean practices require. 

Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 and was responsible for leading the first implementation of lean construction practices in New EnglandPreviously he was the senior estimator for wastewater and water distribution public works program. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from Washington University.  

Tom is the co-author of a paper published by the American Association of Civil Engineers on lean in public transportation, and co-authored a paper published by the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) titled Enthusiasm for Lean. He has presented lean construction case studies and workshops at the University of California, Berkeley, the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Bostonthe Lean Coaching Summit and Lean Summit, the IGLC annual conference, and the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) annual conference. 

His book, Lean Conversations, reports insights from a three-day immersion of a group of artists into lean practices that included conversations between a group of artists, John Shook, David Verble, Robert Martichenko, Karyn Ross, Niklas Modig and Deb McGee. 

Workshops Taught by Tom Richert
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 »