Lean Cafe Blog

Mon, Jan 23, 2017
By Rebecca Orbeck

Results Washington

As a member of Results Washington’s Lean fellowship program, I’m learning a lot about coaching and leadership in organizations.

A key source of inspiration and reflection has been a book called “The Go-Giver Leader,” a parable about a manager learning to lead. It highlights some of the leadership qualities I’m striving to develop, understand and demonstrate.

Three key learnings from the book that I’ve been reflecting on:

“Build your people”
“Hold the vision”
“Character is what happens when life scratches itself onto your soul” Read More

Fri, Dec 16, 2016
By Rebecca Orbeck

Our highest-rated speaker at Washington’s fifth annual Lean conference this fall was Dr. Peter Hutchinson, who brought a wealth of life lessons to share with the nearly 2,000 attendees.

For those of you who couldn’t attend – or who would like a refresher – here are a few key lessons of his that resonated with me.



1.    “Believe in what we do and who we do it for.” Seems simple enough, right? Yet as we plug along in our daily routines it becomes easy to disconnect our brain from our heart, searching for the wins around every corner Read More

Wed, Nov 23, 2016
By Dawn Shuford-Pavlich

 “Success is 99% failure." Soichiro Honda

At Washington state’s recent Lean conference in Tacoma, there was a lot of discussion of the importance of building a culture in which it’s safe to experiment, even fail, in order to learn and improve.

As a Lean fellow at Result’s Washington, I have experienced the transformative power of a safe working environment firsthand. Experimenting and learning from failures is the norm in the office. It’s a key to innovation.

Supervisors can help foster a “safe” environment by being simply mindful about how they Read More

Sat, Nov 5, 2016
Nearly 2,000 people from more than 50 state agencies gathered in Tacoma, Wash. recently to learn and share ways to manage their work and make government more effective.

The fifth annual Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference, hosted by us at Results Washington, drew dozens of presenters from across the country. They shared Lean principles and tools and stressed the value of ideas and problem-solving by the front-line employees closest to the work.

In the last three years, state agencies have launched dozens of Lean improvement efforts to streamline work, speed up Read More

Fri, Jul 15, 2016
By Rich Roesler
Results Washington

GovLoop's Adam Giorgi has an interesting post this week about Pokemon Go and potential intersections with government.

At first glance, it may seem silly, but I believe Pokémon Go’s momentum can strengthen local communities, bringing people together in public spaces and creating an increased interest and pride and in the places where we live, work, and play. For local governments, that strikes right to the heart of the matter.

It would sound sillier if not for all the players we've seen in the evenings this week wandering the state capitol Read More