About 2020-03-10T01:34:36+00:00

Richard Steel is passionate about the philosophy of Kaizen and has was an early adopter of Lean Thinking, being fortunate enough to train and work with Shin-jujitsu, Taiichi Ohno’s much vaunted team, back in the early 90’s.

Since this time, Richard has established a reputation, promoting Kaizen and Lean Thinking, and has made it a life long mission to continuously improve organisations, individuals and anyone who wants to understand how Continuous Improvement can change the world we live and work in.

Richard is an experienced consultant in lean management, supply chain, and continuous improvement methodologies.

Starting his Lean journey 25 years ago, over the years, he has worked extensively in manufacturing, supply chain, service, government, health, energy, retail and food processing organisations.

Previously, he has represented SA Partners for 5 years and was a director and global consultant for the Kaizen Institute NZ for 9 years. During his Lean journey he has blogged, led study missions to Japan and featured in the following publications:

Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy (2nd edition);

Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains;and Kaizen in Logistics and Supply Chains

Richard also offers supply chain consulting services, blending lean techniques, delivering high value assignments for clients.

Finally, Richard is a trained executive coach. Coaching and mentoring is a complimentary service, aimed at transferring capability and assisting clients in unlocking their true potential.

This Blog site is a bit of a hobby that turned into a labour of love really, as many have followed my stories on other platforms, I have decided to create my own blog to share my rambling thoughts.

I have also added an extra spin to my musings by incorporating my second greatest love (after lean), growing tomatoes here in Auckland, NZ.

Hence the name Lean Tomatoes…

Stories, anecdotes and humour will be the order of the day…nothing too radical, but honest observations and lessons from a Lean Thinker from way back and of course an avid gardener.

For more about my work, check out my website here: www.richardsteel.co.nz