KaizenOps’ Mission: To unleash your team’s potential by taking the complex and making it simple.


KaizenOps’ John Maxwell Certified consultants provide Leadership Solutions for people in any organization & Lean Manufacturing Solutions for all manufacturing operations. We cater to people, not companies.

At KaizenOps, the principles outlined in Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, are the foundation for everything we do. We apply it not only in our professional lives, but also in our personal lives by talking it, living it, modeling it, and teaching it every day! We don’t claim perfection; however, it is something we strive for on a daily basis.

We often hear from our clients that we are not consultants but something more. What’s different? We care about you and your team’s success and accept full responsibility for creating a culture that promotes intentional growth within each individual and the organization as a whole. We are committed to leadership and people follow us because of who we are and what we represent.

The two foundational layers of Lean are Respect for the People and Continuous Improvement.

Too often, the primary layer (base) layer, Respect for the People, is interpreted by many organizations to mean: being nice to, helping, or involving the people. While this is very important, it will not allow them or the organization to reach its full potential. Respect for the People to us means seeing the leadership potential within all people at all levels and building relationships based on trust & mutual respect while creating a win-win, synergistic culture that achieves and most often exceeds expectations. It’s about establishing 360° of influence, with each associate at the center, regardless of their position within the organization.

The secondary layer, Continuous Improvement, is the more popular of the two layers and the one most often thought of when discussing Lean Manufacturing. Unlike the Respect for the People layer, Continuous Improvement focuses on improving the manufacturing and assembly processes by utilizing these 6 major Lean tools: Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Standardization & Organization (6S), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Quick Changeover (QCO), Standard Work (SW), & Production Preparation Process (3P). These tools help organizations increase overall efficiency, increase capacity, improve quality, reduce operating costs, reduce lead-time, & reduce inventories all while using common sense, no/low cost solutions to eliminate the non-value added wastes in all processes.

Because the benefits of Continuous Improvement are quickly and easily identified, most organizations focus here first. This is evidence of the principle “Going fast to go slow” mentioned by Jim Womack in his book, Gemba Walks. However, without the people’s buy-in to the leadership first, an organization isn’t going to develop, grow, and sustain the everlasting Lean culture that is desired. Therefore, they must embrace the principle of “Going slow to go fast” by investing in the only asset that can truly gain value over time in an organization: the people.