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Lean Leader Virtual Workshop

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The OptimaLIVE Lean Leader Virtual Workshop covers the relationships between lean tools, organizational leadership, and organizational culture. By exploring these relationships, and practicing the skills shared each day, leaders and their organizations will be able to implement standard work, recognize waste, improve coaching, understand flow and value, and improve efficiency.

This workshop will be conducted virtually in six modules via Zoom. Each module will be two hours long and include 90 minutes of lessons and up to 30 minutes for reviews, feedback and Q & A. The workshop will also include two 60-minute personalized coaching sessions to be scheduled following the workshop.


While the workshop emphasizes tools and techniques, significant time will be spent on how to think through a problem independently and with others. Ultimately, the sustainability of any organization’s continuous improvement effort must be more than tools in search of problems. It must be ingrained into the way we think and behave every day.

Participants will gain skills to lead continuous improvement with more confidence and understanding. Organizations who believe employees are their most precious asset know the importance of making a commitment to training and development. This combination of commitment and training leads to a true problem-solving culture.


Learning objectives: 

  • Recognize waste in the workplace and processes
  • Document waste and eliminate it through lean tool application
  • Appreciate the impact of MDI and how it can help the coach in the workplace
  • Know the importance of systematic thinking as it relates to real-world work problems
  • Understand flow and value stream mapping
  • Differentiate between Standard Work and Leader Standard Work
  • Comprehend the relationship between tools, leadership, and culture 

9 – 10:30 |
10:30 – 11:00 | 9 – 9:30 |
9:30 – 11:00 | 9 – 9:30 |
9:30 – 11:00 | 9 – 9:30 |
9:30 – 11:00 | 9 – 9:30 |
9:30 – 11:00 | 9 – 10:30 |
10:30 – 11:00 |


Principles of Lean – Origin, process, quality, value and non-value, waste, 12 principles
Discussion of activity and Q & A


Review day one activity/assignment of day two activity
5S – A standard to identify waste


Review day two activity/assignment of day two activity
MDI/Managing for Daily Improvement – Purpose of management, daily focus on performance, visual management using communication cell boards, working with teams. Review day three activity/assignment of day two activity
Leader Standard Work – Establishing standard of behaviors for leaders/managers


Review day four activity/assignment of day two activity
Value Stream Mapping – Current state and future state


Problem Solving – A3 as a reporting tool and a way to think
Review day five activity and wrap-up tomg_headshot

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in continuous improvement, project management, new product development, and training. He is leading Optima’s continuous improvement alliance in Southern Wisconsin facilitating member tours, best practice sharing, and education. Tom is a master facilitator striving to solve problems through balanced participation of cross-functional teams. He has led successful continuous improvement programs in multiple industries including life sciences, drug development, insurance, personal care research & development, and public utility.