Markovitz Consulting 
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Building the fit organization


The seven habits of fit organizations

Learn a new way to frame and explain lean, understand the seven key factors needed for organizational excellence and develop a clear action plan for implementation.


This workshop is based on the ideas presented in Dan Markovitz’ forthcoming book, The Seven Habits of Fit Organizations. It will teach attendees a fresh way to think about lean by drawing parallels between physical fitness and organizational fitness, and will show how to apply those principles to make organizations faster, stronger and more agile. Key topics will include commitment to improvement; the coaching triangle; the right form; one exercise at a time; visible feedback; fitness, not weight loss; and targeted work. The session will combine lecture with group exercises so that attendees will leave with a clear set of actions to take back to the office. Learn a new, less alienating, jargon-free vocabulary to use with colleagues to help bring them along on their lean journeys. 


Markovitz Consulting helps clients become faster, stronger and fitter by applying lean concepts to knowledge work. Its approach is deeply informed by lean principles. The company helps customers avoid quick-fix “Band-Aid” solutions by having them strive instead for the identification and elimination of root cause impediments to performance.

Speaker: Dan Markovitz

Dan Markovitz is president of Markovitz Consulting, a consulting firm that applies lean concepts to knowledge work. He is a faculty member at the Lean Enterprise Institute and teaches at the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program. He also lectures at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business. His first book, A Factory of One, was honored with a Shingo Research Award in 2013. Earlier in his career, Markovitz held management positions in product marketing at Sierra Designs, Adidas, CNET and Asics Tiger, where he worked in sales, product marketing and product development. He also has experience as an entrepreneur, having founded his own skateboarding footwear company. Markovitz lived in Japan for four years and is fluent in Japanese. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.