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

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.

In-Person:  Lean Project Simulation

Fri, October 14, 2022
Practice team-based process improvement
FacilitatorPeg Pennington, President of MoreSteam

Over the past two decades of her career, Peg has shared her passion for problem-solving, working as an educator and process improvement thought leader. She has a deep familiarity with the global process improvement community and a strategic focus on “next” practices. Peg loves to share her enthusiasm with MoreSteam’s global clients to help them build a culture of innovation to make important things work better.


Prior to joining MoreSteam's executive team, Peg was the Executive Director of the Center for Operational Excellence and an instructor in the Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) and MBA programs at Ohio State's Fisher College of Business. Her academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Dayton.


Objective:  Learn to apply lean to process improvement (kaizen event) in a team-based project environment.

Purpose:  Work teams need a common framework and approach based on the scientific method to drive continuous improvement. This workshop integrates lean and six sigma methodologies into a common team-based, problem-solving framework.  Kaizen, A3 thinking, and value-stream mapping are emphasized and practiced.  Teams will practice the problem-solving framework and develop confidence in its application.

Learning Outcomes:  Attendees will be introduced to the application of Lean concepts in a transactional environment.  They will understand the importance of value stream mapping to break down silos and create organizational alignment.  Participants will understand Lean countermeasures that drive process improvement as well as understanding the difference between the Lean production system and Lean management system. 

Approach:  In this 7.5-hour, in person workshop 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 concept knowledge and skills. Each team of 12-15 builds a project storyboard and is evaluated on the impact of their improvements on the system. 

Organizations can send individuals or intact teams to simultaneously learn lean concepts and how to work together.  This workshop is learn by doing in a simulated project.  It is a great way to practice before working on the real thing. Each participant should bring their own laptop to access the simulation 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.

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA 


Length:  1 day, 8:00am - 5:00 pm

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

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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. 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 


Team 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

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

Hybrid: Leading Lean

Fri, March 3, 2023 
Transform your culture

Facilitator:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean

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 8-Step Kotter Change 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

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

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Hybrid:  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

July 20-21, 2023
Effective organizations start with effective people
Facilitator:  Dr. Eric Olsen - Director Central Coast Lean
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Objective: Achieve personal effectiveness as a prerequisite to organizational effectiveness.


Purpose: In this interactive workshop we cover all 7 Habits in 2 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 year, the workshop is set up in a hybrid model allowing participants the choice to attend in person or join us on Zoom. It consists of live lectures, discussions and interactive exercises that are also on Zoom 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. Great for hybrid teams joining from various locations!


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.

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Hybrid:  New to Lean

Learn and do the basics
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.

Location: TBD

Length:  1 day, 8:00am - 5:00 pm

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

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