Parallels Between Personal Training and Lean Coaching


First, here's a look back at my post from 2012 commemorating the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let's all be respectful, fair, and just in the work that we do. And see this image and quote from 2013. And my friend Jon Miller has a better collection of MLK quotes here.

Today's post is hosted over at as part of their Influencers series:

11 Things My Personal Trainer is Teaching Me About My Own Work

Working with a personal fitness trainer has helped me see parallels to what I do with Lean… how my clients maybe see the world and things that I can do better as a coach, trainer, mentor, and consultant.

I don't often get to be on the “coachee” side of the coaching equation. When I work with other consultants, like Karen Martin, that gives me a chance to get coached — receiving positive feedback and being challenged to improve. When I've used a speaking coach, Kathryn Partan, it's very helpful because I try to improve and I see how somebody else approaches coaching and client work.

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What have you learned from being coached? How does that make you a better coach?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

  1. Jim Beswick says

    Lean coaches provide workshops, seminars, and courses along with coaching on practices and principles of lean thinking. Employees on the manufacturing and service industries are benefiting largely with lean coaches. I have a personal experience, and I recommend. If you have a lean manufacturing process, you must give a lean coach a try.

  2. Ashok Kunapareddy says

    Lean coaching is a must initially till the time they get conversent with lean tools and lean philosophy and lean leadership.
    The coach must know when to start reducing his intervension and make them to work on their own with little guidence only when required before he finally retracts himself.

    External coach or consultant’s capabilities lies in how fast he withdraws himself after devloping internal mentars and coaches and providing capabilities to carryout on thir own.
    His reappearance would be to evaluate the present situation and to take them to the next higher level in their Lean Journey.

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