About

Katie Anderson Head Shot - Dec2014About me

I am passionate about helping individuals and organizations gain clarity on their goals, deepen their problem solving skills, and continuously improve. When my 6 year old asks what I do, I tell him that I help people learn how to ask better questions – which I have come to see as the most fundamental skill that supports improvement, innovation and problem solving.

I have 20 years of experience in supporting change and improvement in organizations across a range of industries, including healthcare, academia, research, government, start-ups, and insurance, though my primary focus has been on leading transformational change in healthcare organizations. I have a global perspective from living, studying and working around the world including the U.S., Spain, the U.K., Australia and Japan.

I have 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.

I starting my consulting and coaching practice in 2013 to help clients deepen their organizational and individual capabilities in problem solving, strategy, and leadership.

In addition to consulting and coaching, I am a faculty member of Catalysis (formerly the Thedacare Center for Healthcare Value) and the Lean Enterprise Institute where I teach workshops about coaching and problem solving. I also coach masters students in the Fisher School of Business MBOE program and serve as a Member of the Board for the Mother’s Milk Bank and a Member of the Quality and Patient Experience Board Committee at El Camino Hospital.

I am currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, though I still regularly travel to Japan, where I lived for 18 months from 2015-16. I love road biking, spending time with my 2 young sons and my husband, connecting with people and exploring new places!

About this blog

I started this blog in January 2015 when my family moved to Japan for 18 months. I wanted to use this unique opportunity to not only learn as much as possible about Lean, leadership, and Japanese culture, but also to share it with a broader community.

I love writing and connecting with you and others around the world. Writing this blog has become an important part of my practice as it is a great forcing function to slow down and reflect. It’s a habit that I haven’t given up since moving back to the United States in June 2016.

My approach to consulting, coaching and leadership

Some blog posts that highlight my work and coaching principles include:

Lean Post articles

I also write for the Lean Enterprise Institute‘s Lean Post. Articles include:

My most popular Lean Post article “How to Get Out of the Habit of Telling” was translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil.

Planet Lean articles

I also write for Planet Lean. Articles include:

Public Engagements

Upcoming public events:

  • Coaching for Improvement – pre-Summit 2-day workshop at the Lean Healthcare Summit in Palm Springs, CA – June 5-6, 2017

Recent public events:

Social media

Katie’s LinkedIn profile

Katie’s Twitter profile: @kbjanderson