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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Lean Year

We look forward to another Lean year with you! 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Between December 25th and Jan 1st, Lean Sensei office is closed for our annual Christmas holiday - but that doesn't mean we are not doing anything! In fact, our coaches and support team have been busy doing a number of "team-building" excercises.... coaches in Whistler and the support team in warm Mexico. Take a look!

Coaches in Whistler!
Support Staff in Mexico!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

We wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas!

From all of us at Lean Sensei International

Friday, December 21, 2012

Weekly Hansei: A Job Well Done

The holiday season can be stressful and it is easy feel as though you have fallen behind. Reflect on the all the accomplishments from the week and go into the weekend feeling energized.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

People are the Organization - Welcome Toronto Greenbelts to the Lean Community!

Big company or small private business, the people are an important resource.
People are the organization. In Lean, you trust and respect people to make the most effective use of resources in order to add value to the customer. 
Today, let's celebrate the accomplishments of our Toronto Fall Greenbelt class. Way to go Greenbelts, now Go Transform the World!

Medalists: left to right: Carol, Kevin, Olga, Casey, Purdeep


Monday, December 17, 2012

Importance of Benchmarking

The purpose of benchmarking is to understand what makes the best-in-class Lean organizations so effective and apply those learnings to your organization. February 20th, 2013 is your opportunity.
Lean Sensei will provide you with an all-access-pass to the Leanest organizations in Jacksonville, Florida. Click here for more details.

To get a better idea, check out the photos from the last 2012 Florida Lean Tour below.  By far, this is one of the highest ranked programs we have offered.

Dr. Sami Bahri Dental Clinic - North America's First Lean Dentist

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Lean Christmas

Every year we like to show our gratitude for the continued support of our friends, family and clients with a Christmas celebration. 
This year we had a surprise guest...

...Santa Chao!

The party begins with a festive speech...

...Christmas cheer...

 ...and delicious eats!

 Our lovely MC Jenn

A suprise performance from our Blackbelts!

 Christmas Presents!

David, Hilda and the Lean support team

We hope you enjoyed our Christmas party as much as we enjoyed sharing time with you.
More pictures can be found on our Flickr account.

As Mike, one of our Greenbelts put it, "Merry Lean-mas and a 5S New Year!"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour 2013

“A good variety of companies provided a well rounded perspective of Lean within the North American Context.”

North American companies have been trying to emulate the Toyota Production System (TPS) for many years. Today, there are many North American companies of all sizes that have successfully executed best practices in the area of Lean.

From manufacturing to service based organizations, this series of private tours will reveal what American companies are doing to invoke a culture of Lean, and how it has affected their operations.

Jacksonville, Florida, is now considered to be the “Lean city” of North America, thanks to the growth of companies pursuing Lean and the level of investment they have made to make Lean effective.  This city also boasts one of the largest Lean consortia in the US, with dozens of companies working together to create a sustainable Lean environment. 

It is truly a privilege to see mature Lean companies in Jacksonville, and Lean Sensei – a company that kick-started the Lean momentum there – showcase the best-of-best. You will experience Lean first hand at world-class Lean organizations such as Medtronic, Dr. Sami Bahri Dental Clinic, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office among other locations.

Lean Sensei has specifically hand-picked these organizations to showcase some of the most effective Lean practices in action.

The tours will highlight expertise in the following subject areas:
•            Lean Culture
•            Cycle/Process Time Reduction
•            Lean Tools and Methodologies (including 5S, Visual Management, One Piece Flow)

February 20-22, 2013 (excluding travel time)

Who Should Attend
Lean Leaders such as executives, directors or managers.
Lean Specialists including CI leads and Lean specialists who wish to gain more insight and knowledge into Lean.

Executive Credits
Participants attending this tour will receive three executive credits towards
Lean Sensei International’s Executive Certification.

Registration will commence on December 12th until December 31st, 2012.
Please note that space is extremely limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Participants from last year’s tour had this to say:
“I was so inspired and energized seeing how the Lean principles can be applied to improve products, service and offerings in North America.”
 “It was intensely valuable seeing how US companies adapted Lean concepts.”

For more information, please contact Jessie at or call our office at 1-604-264-1000.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fall Blackbelts Graduate in Time for the New Year!

From balancing supply chains to performing full assessments to collectively saving over $14 million through homework projects, to rocking the conservative country of Japan these dancing Lean practitioners are now officially Lean Sensei Blackbelt Certified.

Proud sponsors showing support at the Blackbelt graduation

Awards for Blackbelts who demonstrated outstanding performance over the 4 month program

Ready to tackle waste!

Congratulations and Happy Holidays Blackbelts!

Monday, December 10, 2012

A new class of Greenbelts off to transform the world!

December 7th marked the graduation of our Vancouver Fall Greenbelt Service class. The day was filled with a moving speech, awards and celebration.

Below, a sponsor is beaming with pride at the successful graduation of two Greenbelt candidates. Sponsors play a prominent role in keeping the momentum going by showing support to Lean belt candidates on behalf of the entire organization. For organizations embarking on a Lean journey, sponsors are leaders who spearhead Lean initiatives and ensure the Lean implementation strategy is aligned with the overall business strategy.

The next Greenbelt Service offering will be January 28, 2013. Follow this link for the full program calendar or contact our office at (604) 264-1000.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Greenbelts Tame the Wild West (Movie)

If there was anyone who could tame the wild west, it would be our Vancouver Greenbelt Fall class. 

Watch The Good, The Bad and the Waste to see how the west was won from waste and process inefficiency.

Fantastic job Greenbelts on your final movie project!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Greenbelt Operations Calgary 2012 Graduation

Congratulations Greenbelts!
Our Calgary Greenbelt class graduated last week with flying colours.

Medalists: Scott, Rainey, Hans and Rhonda