Intro to Lean for Leaders



Training: 2 days

Course times: 9am – 5pm

Delivery: In-house

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Having the management team on the same page and committed to Business Transformation is key to success and long-term sustainability. The pursuit of Enterprise Excellence requires leaders to drive two types of activity, identifying the right thing to do and ensuring they are achieved through the right behaviour.

Introduction to Lean for Leaders explores the fundamental concepts which underpin Lean thinking. By the end of the course, participants will have a sound understanding of Lean concepts, wastes, tools and how they relate to:

  • Driving Lean Transformations
  • Continuous improvement and culture change in their organisation
  • Bridging the current gaps in ability and behaviour to make a Lean Transformation reality.

Who should attend?

This training is primarily focused on senior organisational leaders who are preparing to lead an organisation-wide Lean Transformation.

What’s covered?

  • Gain a deep understanding of the principles which underpin Lean including: Value, Value Streams, Flow, Pull and Perfection.
  • Awareness of the current Lean Transformation models
  • Gain a meaningful understanding of the building blocks necessary for a successful Transformation
  • Gain an overall contextual understanding of the relationship between Purpose, People and Process.

What will I learn?

Day 1 of the programme reviews the components of a Lean Transformation and provides a precise understanding of the fundamental concepts which underpin Lean Thinking. Topics covered include:

  • A review of Transformational Models and the role of Enterprise Excellence. Benchmarking models are also covered such as Shingo, MOR and other internal models
  • Practical simulation exercise, demonstrating the principles and concepts of Lean while observing the groups interaction in a simulated environment. The focus is on ensuring a deep understanding of the principles which underpin Lean including: Value, Value Streams, Flow, Pull and Perfection. Awareness of the 8 wastes which manifest themselves across all business environments and identifying opportunities for improvement across the organisation.
  • Identifying the right things to do reviewing Hoshin Planning, Value Stream Mapping and how these tools can help define what should be done and allow the purpose and the practice to be aligned.

Day 2 of the programme focuses on the primary tools the organisation will need to implement during the Transformation. Building on the conceptual learnings from Day 1 and the tools reviewed over the course of the day. Participants will be able to define the gaps to be closed in the Lean Transformation. Topics covered include:

  • Visual Management: Provides an understanding of the role of Visual Management and its components 6S, Standard Work and the PIT in a Lean Management System
  • Lean Leadership: Management activity that ensures the effectiveness of the Lean Management System including Gemba and Leaders Stanadard Work
  • People Development:Review the role of people in the Transformation and the development they require
  • Continuous Improvement: Provides an overall contextual understanding of the scientific method its manifests and purpose.

The course will conclude with an evaluation of the organisations current capability based on selected elements of the MOR Benchmarking Model.

Contact Us

To apply for this course to be delivered in your company, simply contact LBSPartners on 061 518408 or alternatively email and a member of our team will talk you through the process.

“We have a strong track record in innovation and development of new products and processes. We began a lean journey, using LBS as our lean partners. During this time we have realised extraordinary improvements throughout the organisation such as reduction of lead time from 27 days in 2010 to 3 days in 2016. We attribute a significant portion of this growth directly to our organisational transformation based on Lean principles. In recent times, with the help of LBSPartners. we have trained colleagues in Lean Business Programme, with further training ongoing. We have found LBSPartners to be extremely beneficial and would highly recommend both to any potential business.”
Eddie Wall, Operations Manager, Benning Ireland

“The tools and coaching we have received as part of the training and mentoring programme is working for our company to deliver significant results to the bottom line. There is a strong relationship between LBSPartners and Loughnane’s of Galway. The practical aspects and exercises from the training we received were very enjoyable and the trainer was excellent.”
Daire Loughnane, Managing Director, Loughnane’s of Galway 

In 2016, we partnered with LBSPartners to complete a Green Belt Training Program. They each selected a project, which had specific targets for delivering measurable improvements. The team attended training days and worked on their projects over a 3 to 4 month period. In addition to the financial savings that the projects delivered (which were sustainable and significantly greater than the training costs), the team themselves learned a lot about Lean thinking and how to recognise and tackle waste. The trainer and mentor were very enthusiastic and professional throughout and provided plenty of support for our team.”
Eamonn Redmond, Operations Manager, Lily O’Briens

Through the Management Works programme, we have been working alongside LBSPartners to achieve major changes and improvements throughout our business. The overall support from the programme has been vital in developing our internal capabilities and supporting a lean culture that has contributed to significant growth for our company.”
Mary Fox, Operations Manager, Irish Dog Foods

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