The Lean Enterprise Institute and Lean Frontiers joined together to create the Inaugural Lean Coaching Summit, a collaborative and hands-on learning environment to address coaching in companies and institutions that have adopted the Lean process improvement philosophy.  As noted by the hosts:

“Most lean practitioners have heard the principle ‘Before we make product, we make people.’ This embodies respect for people and describes the two responsibilities of every leader: Get work done and develop people. To accomplish these as separate activities is difficult, if not impossible. So the lean leader’s solution is to develop people through getting the work done. Easy to say, but what does it take? It takes coaching.”

smileThis message is so consistent with the stories and lessons in Goal Play! that I was exceptionally pleased to be invited to present the keynote address to the 220 or so people present in Orlando, FL, for the two-day conference.  People came from a variety of sectors: health care, manufacturing, and service industries.  My address prompted lots of good questions and discussions, and many people decided to purchase the book to take home for themselves and/or their colleagues.