Lean with a Solution-focused Twist

A Process of Continuous Improvement

November 2015
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This article explores the natural relationship between the solution-focused (strengths-based) approach and Lean philosophy. It is useful for anyone – from frontline employees to highlevel leaders – who would like to learn an exciting new way of practising Lean. We have discovered the power of what happens when you integrate the solutionfocused approach with Lean: a process of continuous improvement.


Author: Karla Stonham

As a Lean leader, Karla is energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about her work with continuous improvement. She brings 25 years of experience in healthcare that includes Nutrition Management, Organizational Development and Strategy. Her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt supports improvements at all levels of the organization.

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Author: Brenda Zalter-Minden

is the founder and principal of BZM Solutions, a consulting practice specializing in a solutionfocused approach. She has a wealth of experience in various capacities, including ten years of employment in healthcare as an internal consultant. Her areas of specialization currently include leadership, management, team building, coaching, facilitating and creating workshops.

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