Lean Leaders, the power of seven
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Lean Leaders and the Power of Seven

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This is a peer learning group for those leading lean strategy and implementation. If you’re based in Ireland and your business is experiencing the following and similar challenges, then this group is for you:


  • We cannot get the buy-in and engagement of our senior and middle managers.
  • We cannot engage the shop floor.
  • We have been working with Lean/Lean Six Sigma for a few years and have got stuck or it has failed.

A survey of LinkedIn’s 80,000 community members came out with 5 major problems they are facing in todays working environment.

How does it work?

A Lean Leaders group has already started with a number of successful meetings underway. We have a vacancy for an additional member our next meeting is on April 23rd 2015 at Klasmann-Deilmann Near Mullingar.

You meet with six other senior level lean leaders from other companies every two months. Other leaders who are facing similar challenges to you. In this highly confidential environment with expert facilitation you earn the trust and respect of each other through sharing and helping to solve each others problems.

‘Essentially the Power of Seven is your personal board of confidants and advisors to support you on your lean leadership journey’.

How Can This Help You?

Members exchange their expertise, experience, problem solving capability and solutions that have worked for them in similar situations. Most of all they offer objectivity on the challenges you are facing, helping you to clear the ‘wood from the trees’. Your peers and the facilitator give you feedback, help you brainstorm new possibilities, and set up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. It’s a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm together to move everyone to new heights and advance each others careers.

In addition to peer support you will have access to the latest academic research and thinking around continuous improvement (CI) within organisations from the SA Partners team led by John  Quirke (Partner and MD, Ireland) and other other SA Partners guest speakers.

The team at SA Partners is made up of hands on CI practitioners and academic researchers who work at all organisational levels. They have a wide depth of experience from practical hands on application of CI tools and techniques, to the development and implementation of enabling systems to support the necessary culture and behaviours to embed CI as a ‘way of working’. Our team has also worked with many companies to develop focused business strategies to enable growth. There will also be an opportunity to hear case studies from these SA Partners clients.


Barry Walsh is a very experienced facilitator of peer groups having developed the Power of Seven concept over eight years ago. Whilst this background is in lean he also is expert in leadership and culture development.

What’s Different?

This is not a training course, it’s a professional development forum where you learn and gain insights from your peers and Lean/CI experts. The facilitation and structure allows members quality ‘air time’ to share their critical issues and get feedback/advice from peers in similar situations whom they respect and learn from.

It is totally confidential.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved by doing the following:

  1. Email or phone with your expression of interest to Barry Walsh barry.walsh@sapartners.com +353 (0)87 2905 322
  2. Telephone conversation with Barry to discuss any questions you may have, and for Barry to access your suitability for the group.
  3. Experience (at no cost) the first meeting when you will meet other potential group members in late April/early May 2015 (date TBD).

If you and SA Partners mutually agree that you are suitable for the group then you are welcomed on board with a commitment to attending for the next twelve months, with a meeting every two months (dates will be agreed three meetings in advance).

Note: An existing group has a vacancy for one new member. This is a group of well known brand name companies who meet at each others sites, they have developed an excellent platform for sharing best practice and supporting each other on lean implementation challenges. Contact Barry ASAP as this group next meets on April 23rd.

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