Lean Leadership®

Develop internal experts who know how to use process improvement tools AND manage change

Over 20 years of accelerating performance for clients worldwide: Fast Action | Fast Impact | Enduring Confidence

Kaufman Global’s trademark method for developing internal Lean champions.

Go beyond the tools and get to the heart of the situation – people!

Lean Leadership is about leading in a way that encourages broad participation and better decision making. Kaufman Global Lean Leadership programs prepare management and select internal resources to effectively lead and drive beneficial changes while dealing with the challenges of day-to-day operations.

Our Lean Leadership Executive Programs begin with an energizing multi-day workshop that defines the characteristics of enduring improvement cultures. These sessions focus on the pivotal role of leadership in transforming their part of the business. In parallel, our Lean Leadership Flight Training Programs deliver multi-week learning and development to deeply skill high potential staff who then work to propel immediate results.

Training is delivered by top Kaufman Global pros who merge practical experience and pragmatic change management methods. Hands-on exercises cement concepts for immediate application and tangible results.


To learn more about what successfully implemented OpEx looks like and the critical role internal change agents play in long-term sustainability, read our white paper Developing Operational Excellence Leaders. It’s available for download in the Resources —> White Papers section of the website.

It All Started With a Client Who Wouldn’t Accept No

In the mid-1990s Lockheed Martin asked us to teach some of their people everything we knew about Lean, implementation and change management. After initially declining because we had never done THAT before, and them saying “try again”, we designed a program that:

  • Delivered business results as a core part of the program
  • Used experiential learning as a major plank in the platform
  • Blended technical ability with change management skills
  • Informed and taught all levels of the organization

That was our first Lean Leadership program. Since then, we’ve worked with clients including IR, Schlumberger, Owens Corning, Oregon State Hospital, Sara Lee, BD and many others on these same efforts. It has become our most important and rewarding work. We get to teach individuals to successfully drive operational improvement within their own organizations, and later, watch them go on to lead change in new roles around the world.

We can customize a program like this for you. Let’s talk.