Overview for production leaders

2 days

course code 1.2

What is the course for


Introduce Lean Thinking as a lifestyle within the company, for improvement in both professional performance and personal well-being


Improve personal effectiveness by learning how to achieve improved results with reduced effort


Learn to generate physical, emotional, mental energy in yourself and in others

It is very difficult to sustain continuous improvement over time in production. The self motivation of the various work groups to achieve consistently high performance and rapidly solve problems conflicts with various types of difficulties. For example, many tools for improving performance are not exploited to their full potential and are often used by only a few people considered qualified to do so. Many departmental heads are technically speaking well-trained, capable of solving almost any problem they face, but far less prepared to get the best out of operational staff, lacking the training to motivate and guide them toward continuous and self-sustaining improvement.

This can cause stress both in supervisors and in the workforce, in addition preventing the human potential available from fully developing. In these circumstances, performance will fluctuate and will be dependent, above all, on the inspiration of a few departmental heads rather than on the strength of an extended team of motivated and trained individuals working to the best of their abilities each day. In short, we are talking about profound social waste.

For this reason it is vital for anyone responsible for managing and coordinating a group of people in any production department to employ Lean Lifestyle® principles in order to get the best from themselves and their colleagues, thereby minimising waste derived from a social and organisational nature.


  • Introduce Lean Thinking as a lifestyle within the company, for improvement in both professional performance and personal well-being
  • Learn to reduce stress, increase energy levels and personal productivity
  • Improve personal effectiveness by learning to achieve improved results with reduced effort
  • Learn to generate physical, emotional, mental energy in yourself and in others
  • Learn how to drive, grow, and empower your team through daily support in achieving results
  • Transfer Lean vision and values to your company

Addressed to

  • Department Heads
  • Team Leaders
  • Production middle management
  • Staff and maintenance supervisors
  • Continuous improvement coordinators


The Lean Principles and the evolution of the role of operational leaders

  • Introduction to Lean Thinking and the principles of Lean Production
  • The evolution of a Lean organisation and its cultural change
  • The role of operational leadership in continuous improvement and achieving goals
  • What does Lean Leadership mean in practice?

Personal excellence

  • Distinguishing value-adding activities from those that are superfluous for you and your business
  • Focusing on “gold” activities
  • Recognising waste in processes and personal activities
  • Eliminating waste in a personal, organisational and social sphere
  • Knowing how to choose which activities to do yourself, which to delegate and those that can be eliminated
  • Streamlining and simplifying the working day for yourself and your colleagues
  • How to become an expert in getting results, not in activity
  • How to develop skills to learn fast and continuously improve


  • How to express the best of yourself using all sources of energy
  • Physical energy and sustainability
  • How to generate high emotional energy levels in yourself and your team
  • How to maximise mental energy in yourself and your team
  • The impact of feedback and interpersonal techniques on the team’s emotional and mental energies

Developing people

  • How to design and use habits as a way to initiate change
  • Solving problems quickly with A3 Thinking
  • The soft skills of problem solving
  • Supporting the growth of the people in your team
  • Using standardisation and visual management for people’s development
  • Leading the team as a Lean Leader through coaching and mentoring
  • How to support day-to-day improvement in the field
  • Managing and participating in meetings effectively
  • How to share and involve collaborators with your corporate goals (vision)
  • Managing the decision-making process

Acquire a deeper knowledge of Lean's basic tools

  • The principal Lean tools for supporting daily production activities
  • How to manage action plans for production
  • How to create and use effective standards
  • How to use visual management to guide and oversee production processes
  • The PDCA cycle and problem-solving Tools
  • Skills matrix and training plans
  • KPI, performance control, and auditing
  • Individual and group Hansei (“reflection”) as a way to learn from experience

The value and meaning of work

  • Personal values and the significance of experience in the field
  • How to fall in love with your work
  • Personal well-being and how to integrate it into your work/life

You will experience

  • How to eliminate social and organisational waste in operating teams
  • How to sustain the continuous improvement of production departments over time
  • How to create time and energy to engage in more strategic, leadership, and professional development activities
  • How to motivate a team by guiding it to be the best

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