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Hybrid:  A3 Problem Solving Immersion

 Fri, January 20, 2023
Facilitate better thinking
Facilitator:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean

Objective:  Learn to facilitate large group problem solving by providing a little bit of structure to unleash a wealth of creativity and positive engagement.

Purpose:  Engaging associates in problem solving is key to building a lean culture.  In particular, A3 problem solving (e.g. Theme, Current State, Problem, Goals/Targets, Analysis, Countermeasures, Plan, and Follow-up) is a powerful concept for lean practitioners.  This workshop teaches participants how to use A3 problem solving while simultaneously using Liberating Structures to engage teams or large groups.

Approach: Immersion Workshops are designed to introduce participants to a large number of Liberating Structures very rapidly. We take Liberating Structures online to create awareness of the range of possibilities that they open up. Also, covering a wide variety of structures underscores the idea that there is no single way to address many complex challenges. Another message that participants get loud and clear: you learn by doing.  Once you’ve seen lean and Liberating Structures in action, and practice doing it in the workshop, you can use it in any setting.  In this special immersion workshop for lean thinkers, we will be using an 8-step A3 framework to engage participants in a problem common to lean organizations.


Target Audience:  All managers, team leads, and supervisors who are tasked with engaging associates and facilitating their interaction.  Some exposure to lean is beneficial, but not required.


Location: San Luis Obispo, CA or online via Zoom


Length:  1 day, 8:00am - 5:00 pm

Price:  $299 early bird, $249 for 5 or more early bird, $349 regular, $299 for 5 or more regular


Join us for fun and informative learning experiences that will transform how you think about the work you do and the leadership you provide.

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Hybrid:  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Thurs/Fri, July 20-21, 2023
Effective organizations start with effective people
Facilitator:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean

Objective: Achieve personal effectiveness as a prerequisite to organizational effectiveness.


Purpose:  In this live, online interactive workshop we cover all 7 Habits in nine 90-minute sessions (13.5 hours total) over 3 days.  It is impossible to have an effective lean organization without effective associates and managers.  Central Coast Lean invests a great deal in providing high quality lean training and access to lean thought leaders.  In assessing our process, it became obvious that we want to provide training to people who feel empowered to use it.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Edition 4.0 helps participants not only learn to be more effective, but also shows them how to use processes and tools to live and apply the 7 Habits every day.


Approach: This workshop uses live, online lectures, discussions and interactive exercises supported with videos and opportunities for self-reflection.  All participants will also receive an online, 360 degree “7 Habits Assessment” to complete prior to the Workshop.


Target Audience: All managers and associates. No prerequisites. 


Location: Hybrid

In Person - San Luis Obispo

Virtual - On Zoom


Length: 2 days, 8:00am - 5:00 pm


Price: $349* early bird; $299* each for 5 or more, $399* regular registration

* Note: Participants must purchase the additional $115 Training Kit from Franklin-Covey (a special link and discount code will be provided) at least 1 week before the class.

Central Coast Lean Leadership Workshop Series

Lead by Dr. Eric Olsen, the CCL Leadership Series provides associates and managers with exposure to key concepts, principle, practices, and experiences, which will enable them to lead their organization, teams, and co-workers on a lean journey.

Some things you may want to know about our Lean Leadership Workshop Series:

  1. The same workshops are offered every year at about the same calendar time.  Therefore you can schedule them into your development plan.

  2. Each workshop is offered in hybrid mode.  Workshops can be taken in person or live online depending on your preference or circumstance.  Note that this reduces the risk of COVID cancellation or postponement.

  3. The five workshops are offered about every other month for a very comfortable training pace.

  4. All workshops are offered with a train-the-trainer option.  Each of these workshops can be offered in house in the long term if you prefer.


Lean learners who complete the whole series will be Central Coast Lean Leadership Series Certified

PRICE: $1,349