Just-in-Time Coaching Is the Theme of the 2018 Lean Coaching Summit, Co-Sponsored by the Lean Enterprise Institute and Lean Frontiers

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Increasing competition means busy leaders must learn how to deliver their regular work while simultaneously coaching employees to continuously improve processes.

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John Shook, lean management author and senior advisor, Lean Enterprise Institute, keynotes the 2018 Lean Coaching Summit

The challenge for managers and executives is how to seamlessly integrate coaching into the flow of daily work.

The need to develop employees’ skills by coaching them during a lean management transformation never stops. The problem is, neither does work. So, the challenge for managers and executives is how to seamlessly integrate coaching into the flow of daily work.

The answer is “just-in-time coaching,” which is the theme of the annual Lean Coaching Summit, July 18-19, 2018, in Seattle, WA. To foster participation, dialogue, and interaction among presenters and attendees, attendance is limited.

The Summit, co-sponsored by Lean Frontiers and the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) is two days of practical keynotes, in-depth learning sessions, and intensive full-day workshops on key issues, but especially how busy leaders make good on their deliverables while using short-term or “just-in-time” coaching to help employees become better problem solvers. Summit highlights include:

Pre-Summit Coaching Workshops, July 17:

  • Coaching Those Who Are not on Board, in Denial, or Addicted to the Status Quo and Actively or Passively Resisting Change
  • Coaching Your Team on Basic Elements of Personal Leadership
  • Coaching in the Moment: Meeting the Challenge of Productive, Respectful, Coaching on the Run
  • Creating Transformational Legacy: Coaching Teams to Embrace and Build Upon a Legacy of Enterprise and Personal Improvement


  • Charlie Murphy, senior vice president, Turner Construction, explains his personal transformation from being a leader who builds buildings to one who builds people through problem solving.
  • John Shook, LEI senior advisor, is re-united with his first coach at Toyota, Mr. Isao Yoshino.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Choose 6 of 9 unique breakout sessions taught by experienced lean management coaches.
  • Participate in a large-group Lean Coffee experience as well as a continuous "Small Batch Lean Coffee" session during each breakout.

The conference brings together enthusiastic lean practitioners in an atmosphere that creates genuine value, learning, and friendships. Attendees will have many opportunities to talk face-to-face with fellow lean practitioners and presenters, including continuous small-batch lean coffee sessions to discuss challenges together. Lean coffees are structured but agenda-less meetings.

To view the complete agenda, please visit: http://leancoachingsummit.com/

About the Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice. Founded in 1997 by management expert James Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, organizes conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. We support other lean initiatives such as the Lean Global Network, the Lean Education Academic Network, and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research in Healthcare at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. Visit lean.org for more information.

About Lean Frontiers
Since 2005 Lean Frontiers has provided tightly focused events aimed at helping organizational silos understand how they can best support lean thinking. The company produces conferences and workshops on Lean Accounting, Lean Coaching, Lean HR, Lean Sales and Marketing, Lean IT, Lean Supply Chain and Logistics, Lean Product Development, Toyota Kata, and Training Within Industry, among other topics. Visit leanfrontiers.com for more information.

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