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

As a leader in today's dynamic manufacturing environment, you face the challenge of optimizing your team's performance while navigating an evolving workforce landscape. The Future of People at Work Symposium equips you with the insights and strategies needed to succeed.


The Symposium explores the critical factors shaping the future of manufacturing, including:

  • The Impact of Automation: Discover how to integrate technology while empowering your workforce.

  • Generational Change: Learn innovative strategies for attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

  • Evolving Customer Expectations: Gain insights into 


Benefits for you:

  • Gain insights into the workforce trends shaping manufacturing's future from thought-leading speakers. 

  • Collaborate with peers to develop actionable strategies to lead your team through the changing workforce landscape.

  • Network with industry peers.


Join us July 18-19 in Detroit, MI. Don't miss out on this opportunity to shape the future of manufacturing.

Future of People at Work Symposium

Thurs/Fri, July 18-19, 2024
Shape the Future of Manufacturing


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 (breakfast and lunch included) 


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.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Thurs/Fri, July 25-26, 2024
Effective organizations start with effective people
Live - in person or virtual
Facilitator:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean

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

New to Lean

Fri, September 13, 2024
Learn and do the basics 
Live - in person or virtual
Facilitator: Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean

Objective:  Understand the principles underlying lean

thinking and a lean transformation for your organization.


Purpose:  Introductory course to lean for managers and associates whose organization has started or is exploring starting a lean transformation. Provides a common baseline understanding of how lean works and the prerequisites for success.


Approach:  This 7.5-hour, online and in person workshop uses the Shingo Model (i.e. Cultural enablers > Continuous improvement > Enterprise alignment) to build an understanding of lean, its underlying principles, and how lean can transform how an organization works. Lectures, videos, and simulations are used to introduce concepts and tools. Liberating Structures are used to level the playing field and allow everyone the opportunity to engage with the materials and others for an effective learning experience. Ends with an assessment of how lean your organization is currently and where there are opportunities for improvement.


Target Audience: All managers and associates. Knowledge of lean or six sigma is not required. Participants already knowledgeable in lean can attend to build a common framework with their team or become facilitators.


Length:  1 day, 8:00am – 5:00pm (breakfast and lunch included)


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

Process Improvement Event Workshop

Fri, Nov 8, 2024
Get help setting up your next kaizen event


Live - in person or virtual

Facilitators:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean and Lori Serna - Cal Poly Business Transformation Office

Objective:  Learn to set up a process improvement (kaizen event) process in any organization.


Purpose:  Work teams need a common framework and approach based on the scientific method to drive continuous improvement. This workshop integrates lean and project management methodologies into a common team-based, problem-solving framework.  Kaizen, A3 thinking, and process mapping are emphasized and practiced.  Lean facilitators, team leaders, and associates learn the steps, criteria and best practice for being successful in setting up an effective practice using kaizen events to drive process improvement in their operations. 


Approach:  In this 7.5-hour, in person workshop participants have fun and learn the basics of kaizen events and problem solving.  Individuals or teams from the same organization use workshop time and expert guidance to set up their next kaizen event and follow-up for success. 

Organizations can send individuals or teams to simultaneously learn lean concepts and how to work together.  This workshop is learn-by-doing.  It is a great way to pave the way for success in event-based process improvement.  Participants leave with a functional plan for running their next (or first) event. Each participant should bring their own laptop to access online software.  


Target Audience:  All managers and associates.  Some exposure to lean and six sigma is beneficial.  More experienced and knowledgeable participants can help those newer to their lean journeys.


Length:  1 day, 8:00am – 5:00pm (breakfast and lunch included) 


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

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A3 Problem Solving Immersion

Fri, January 24, 2025
Facilitate better thinking
Live - in person or virtual
Facilitator:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean

Objective:  Learn to facilitate team 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. 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, 93401. or live on Zoom


Length:  1 day, 8:00am - 5:00 pm (breakfast and lunch included) 

Price:  $349 regular, $299 for 5 or more regular

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Leading Lean

Fri, March 8, 2024
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Transform your culture

Live - in person or virtual

Facilitators:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean and Lori Serna - Cal Poly Business Transformation Office

Objective:  Learn the qualities and subtleties of lean leadership and its key role in developing a culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Purpose:  Serves as a capstone to the Central Coast Lean Leadership Workshop Series.  It covers the fundamentals of how good leadership applies in a lean transformation.

Approach: This integrates key elements of previous workshops in this series and allows participants to work through leadership challenges relevant to their own organizations.  The Toyota Kata and change management are covered as key elements in building a leadership style.  The Toyota Kata provides participants with a scientific method-based improvement and coaching approach that can provide any organization with new paths to discovery and higher performance.  Change management is a fundamental capability that every manager should have in their lean tool kit.  In this workshop we explore the ADKAR Model and how you can use it to make impactful change in your organization.

Target Audience:  All managers, team leads, and supervisors who are charged with implementing lean in their organizations.  Some background in lean or other experience in process improvement is preferred.

Location:  San Luis Obispo, CA or online via Zoom

Length:  1 day, 8:30am – 5:00pm (breakfast and lunch included) 

Price:  $349 early bird, $299 for 5 or more, $399 regular

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