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Central Coast Lean Leadership Workshop Series

The Central Coast Lean 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. Sharpen your personal team’s lean skills with these 5 highly interactive Workshops that will cover the following: 


Personal effectiveness and working with others

Lean Thinking 


Improvement project Methodology 


Group problem solving and facilitation 


Lean leadership and culture development 



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

PRICE: $1,349

Virtual Live: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Wed/Thurs/Fri, July 21-23, 2021
Effective organizations start with effective people

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.


Length: 3 days as 8:30-10:00am  [30-minute Break]  10:30am-12:00pm  [Lunch Break]  1:00-2:30pm

Price: $349* early bird; $299* 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. 

In Person:  New to Lean

Fri, September 10, 2021
Learn and do the basics

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 workshop uses the Shingo Model (i.e. Cultural enablers > Continuous improvement > Enterprise alignment > Results) 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.

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA (or online if necessary)

Length:  1 day, 8:30am – 5:00pm

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

I just want to do my job
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It is my responsibility to both do my job and to improve my job

In Person:  Lean Project Simulation

Fri, November 12, 2021
Experience an improvement project in one day

Objective:  Learn to apply the lean approach to project-based problem solving with your team. 

Purpose:  One way to view lean is as a problem-solving methodology.  Teams of associates need a common framework and approach based on the scientific method to drive continuous improvement.  This course integrates lean and six sigma tools and practices into a common team based problem-solving framework.  It allows teams to practice the Plan-Do-Check-Act process and develop confidence in its application. 

Approach:  Participants have fun and learn problem solving while playing a Lean InBox computer simulation provided by our friends at MoreSteam.  The technology allows teams to test their tool knowledge and skills.  Each team builds a project storyboard and is evaluated on the impact of their improvements on the system. 


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.


Location: San Luis Obispo, CA (or online if necessary)


Length:  1 day, 8:30am – 5:00pm


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

The problem is that we are using an outdated manual process. We should computerize.
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We should simplify the process before we just wind up automating the mess.

In Person:  A3 Problem Solving Immersion

Fri, January 21, 2022
Facilitate better thinking

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 if necessary)

Length:  1 day, 8:30am – 5:00pm

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

Just do it the way we always have. I'm sure there's a good reason for it.
Maybe we should challenge the reasoning behind this. Processes develop organically overtime and often lose their connection to customer value
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In Person: Leading Lean

Friday, March 4, 2022
Transform your culture

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 humble inquiry are covered as key elements in building a leadership style.

Target Audience:  All managers, team leads, and supervisors who are charged with implementing lean in their organizations.  Pervious participation in the 7 Habits workshop and at least one other workshop in the series is preferred.

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA (or online if necessary)

Length:  1 day, 8:30am – 5:00pm

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

She is very valuable. She is the only one who knows how to do that job.
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If everyone were cross-trained, we could respond to workload changes much faster.
The Wall of Ideas

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