Katie Anderson is a leadership and executive coach, team builder, facilitator and strategic thought partner. Katie is passionate about developing people’s leadership, problem solving and coaching capabilities to support continuous improvement and organizational transformation.
Katie’s consulting practice is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and Tokyo, and she supports clients in many international locations.
Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2013, Katie held senior Lean leadership roles at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Children’s Health, and served as a consultant for PricewaterHouse Coopers Australia and a research analyst at the University of California at San Francisco.
In addition to her consulting practice, Katie is a faculty member of Catalysis (formerly the Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value) and the Lean Enterprise Institute, is a coach for the Fisher School of Business MBOE program, and serves on the Quality and Patient Experience Board Committee at El Camino Hospital in Silicon Valley.
After living in Tokyo for 18 months in 2015 & 2016, she recently moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Education and Honors
- Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology with honors.
- University of Sydney, Master of Philosophy in Public Health.
- Fulbright Scholar, Australia
Katie’s work and approach
Katie blogs about her experiences with Lean, leadership, and life in Japan on this website. Her intentions and goals for this site include exploring the following topics:
- Lean thinking in Japan
- Healthcare in Japan
- The role of women and gender relations in the workplace and daily living
- Daily living and Japanese cultural observations
Some blog posts that highlight Katie’s work and coaching principles include:
- Coaching for Improvement: not just Lean, Toyota, or Silicon Valley methods….just good leadership
- Coaching for Improvement: Using A3 Thinking For Personal Development (Part 1 – Overview from Lean Coaching Summit)
- Intention and the Art of Meishi (Japanese Business Card) Exchange
- The Power of Practicing Personal Problem Solving
- Leading Daily Improvement: Creating New Habits and Practices to Support Continuous Improvement
- Effective Questions to Support Problem Solving Thinking
- “Live less out of habit and more out of intent” – Intentions for 2016
- 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making Your New Year Resolutions and Goals
Lean Post articles
- Summit Reflections: Knowing What You Need to Improve
- Lean in Japan: the Benefit of an Outsider’s View
- Standout Lessons from the 4th Annual Lean Coaching Summit
- Be More than a Coach, Be a Coach Who Listens
- How To Get Out of the Habit of Telling
- Building Capability, Transforming Organizations
Planet Lean articles
Katie also writes for Planet Lean. Articles include:
- If You Think Lean is Inherently Japanese, Think Again – published in just November 2016, it was Planet Lean’s 5th most read article in 2016!
Upcoming public events:
- “Coaching for Development: Structured Coaching Using A3 Thinking” – 1 day workshop
- Lean Transformation Summit pre-summit workshop – Carlsbad, CA – March 6, 2017
- Lean Enterprise Institute workshops – Seattle, WA – April 24, 2017
Recent public events:
- Lean Coaching Summit – Minneapolis, Minnesota – July 2016
- Summary of breakout session can be found here:
- Temple University (Japan), Continuing Studies Program: “Lean Leadership Skills” (April 2016)
- Australasian Lean Summit and Lean Healthcare Symposium (May 2015):
- Keynote speaker and class instructor.
- Summary of one keynote talk can be found here:
- Lean Coaching Summit (July 2014)
- Co-presented breakout session “Coaching for Improvement” with Margie Hagene. Summary of the event can be found in my Lean Post article Building Capability, Transforming Organizations.
Some current and former clients include:
- Palo Alto Veterans Administration Healthcare System (United States)
- Sutter Health (United States)
- Victoria Department of Health (Australia)
- Mitsubishi Health (Japan)
- Many hosptials and health systems across California
Katie’s Twitter profile: @kbjanderson