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Lean Leader Virtual Workshop

This is a six part virtual workshop series. see all

Be a leader, not just a manager.

The Lean Leader Virtual Workshop covers the relationships between lean tools, organizational leadership, and organizational culture. By exploring these relationships and practicing the skills we share each day, your leaders and your organization will begin behaving and thinking “lean”. While the workshop emphasizes tools and techniques, significant time will be spent on how to think through a problem independently and with others.

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.



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 true problem-solving culture.


What you will learn

    • 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
    • Differentiate between Standard Work and Leader Standard Work
    • Comprehend the relationship between tools, leadership and culture


Workshop Curriculum

Day 1 | Principles of Lean – Origin, process, quality, value and non-value, waste, 12 principles

Day 2 | 5S – A standard to identify waste

Day 3 | MDI/Managing for Daily Improvement – Purpose of management, daily focus on performance, visual management using communication cell boards, working with teams.

Day 4 | Leader Standard Work – Establishing a standard of behaviors for leaders/managers.

Day 5 | Value Stream Mapping – Current state and future state.

Day 6 | Problem Solving – A3 as a reporting tool and a way to think.


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.