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George Trachilis is a Professional Engineer that inspires those around him to love Lean.  Let George coach your team on disciplined problem-solving and start your Lean journey on the right footing.

As a descendant of Socrates (or so he says), George was born in Athens, Greece, lives in Canada, and travels the world 50% of each year.  As a result of this lifestyle, he became very capable in engaging his students daily over many technology platforms. He speaks throughout the world and among other skills he is an executive recruiter, coach, writer, publisher, video creator, and inspirational leader.

George is currently working in his third book – Lean Construction Leaders: A Trade Partner’s Guide, and has recently received the Shingo Research Award for book with Jeffrey K. Liker – Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels: A Practical Guide.

His first book, OEM Principles of Lean Thinking, was created from an Lean simulation workshop using interlocking blocks to demonstrate the power of Lean. This course was purchased by the Alberta Government, and was used to train over 300 companies. George later advertised the course at no cost to help bring a base education to those interested in improving their business systems. To view this – currently outdated but effective – online course for free; go to


You start your journey of extreme productivity by stating a goal that is 100 times larger than you currently are achieving. George calls this the seemingly impossible goal. His goal in 2011 was shared on YouTube. He currently spends 49% of his year outside Canada – due to client needs and his personal desire to travel. He will be the first to tell you that having a goal is not enough. He shares tips and tricks for creating new habits, and doing what was previously impossible. His talks are 50% inspiration and 50% concrete actions that you can take today to make your dreams come true. 




Are you motivated? Do you love what you do? Are you driven daily to achieve your long-term goals despite the daily distractions?

Follow George on a journey where he first discovered the Harada Method of self-reliance. George shows how he applied the Harada Method with PCL Industrial Contractors, Canada, and other organizations from around the world. This training stems from Mr. Harada whose method has been taught to over 60,000 people in Japan with stellar results including the following example of this sophomore student:

When Shohei Otani was a sophomore at high school in Japan he was trained on the Harada Method.  At the time, he wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher with a goal to pitch at 99 miles an hour.  He worked out precisely the method indicating the tasks he had to perform for the next three years. After graduation from high school, he was the first picked player into the major leagues. In 2014, he had a 14-4 record, earned run average was 2.61, batting average was 274 and he hit 10 home runs. November this past year, his second in the majors, he was clocked at 100 miles an hour, the fastest ever in Japan and was rewarded with a million-dollar contract, also a first for a new player. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, come see why, as explained by a 4-year veteran using the method.

  • Understand what makes a strong goal and where to position it so it has a strong foundation
  • Develop a 64-Chart as a guiding beacon of the future to come
  • Understanding the Routing Checklist’s importance in creating good habits
  • Self-reflecting daily using a diary



Find out the secret behind Toyota’s continued success and what have they done differently to develop their leadership team. Take this journey with George Trachilis as he shares his experiences touring Toyota in Japan and as a Shingo Prize winning contributor to the book authored by Jeffrey K. Liker (best-selling  author of The Toyota Way).

The Lean Leadership Development Model (LLDM) is the centerpiece of this session. Based on the 2016 Shingo Award Winning book, George discusses the True North Values of the Toyota Way Methodology and covers the four steps of the Lean Leadership Development Model:

  1. Commit to Self-Development
  2. Coach and Develop Others
  3. Support Daily Kaizen
  4. Create Vision and Align Goals

In addition to the examples by Dr. Liker (recorded video) has been implementing aspects of The Toyota Way in companies around the world, George shares some of the tips and tricks he uses to engage his long-distance learning students.

  • How to apply some secrets from the book, Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels: A Practical Guide
  • Gain insights on a Good Starting Point on how to develop Lean Leaders2

Executive Coaching

Executive coaching is increasingly proving to be invaluable in today’s world. There are numerous examples of people and businesses that make life-changing breakthroughs, also known as Kaikaku by the Japanese. The biggest advantage George has above all other executive coaches is that he has been apprenticing under masters in the Lean world. He has had coaches such as Ritsuo Shingo, Jeffrey K. Liker, Norman Bodek and Paul Akers. He has even applied Lean Thinking to his personal health, and in the process lost over 70 pounds.  If George is the best in the world at one thing, it is his ability to ask insightful questions that demand answers! He has authored a book on the OEM Principles of Lean Thinking, and published and received the Shingo Research Award for his contribution to the book Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels: A Practical Guide by Jeffrey K. Liker.

The field of executive coaching is relatively new to the world. More and more, we hear of people who turn to executive coaches for help: celebrities, corporations, business executives, even heads of state. Typically, the services of a coach are retained in times of need, when people are ready to address organizational, communication, leadership or performance issues, as well mediation and conflict resolution. However, many people turn to coaches when they are ready to take their personal development, skill or performance to the next level. This is where George come in. Take the guess work out of “who is the best personal coach I can get?”.

Turn your cup, right-side up, and get ready for George to fill it with the wisdom and knowledge that only a Master Lean Coach as skilled as George can. George has earned his nickname, The Lean Guru, and continues to shock his students into action. He teaches that achievement will always be shadowed by the character that one builds. Character building is the first thing George works on with his clients, because it’s the right thing to do, and it’s also the fastest way to achieve greatness.

With so many options and coaching styles available on the market, how does one decide which is best?

If you are in business, you should get a “business” coach. So, who is the best “business” coach out there?  George will argue that anything less than a deep understanding of The Toyota Way, simply will not do.  Toyota has developed the world-renowned Toyota Production System (TPS). Understanding this TPS is quite simply answered by identifying the values and needs that spawned the sustained results achieved by Toyota over the past 60 years.  Again, the answer is in the inner working of Toyota, but it can’t simply be copied. Even the experts are baffled to realize that they have all been focused on the artifacts that Toyota has left behind.

George will walk you through the journey of the continually changing world of the Toyota Production System that has other experts baffled. By using George and his team, you end up with a custom-engineered solution co-created with you to continually challenge your workforce to excel at learning, doing, and kicking ass along the way. Using the business mastery George has accumulated over the past 30 years puts you at an unfair advantage over your competitors. You will have tapped into the energy-giving words that George is uniquely qualified to share. Isn’t that what you really want!

George’s world is simple. He lives a “perfect” day, every day. His favorite number is 3, so he concludes all good things come in packages of three. He has 3 core values that transcend through every relationship he has, they are Respect, Trust and Honesty.  He has 3 things he does for all of his clients;

  1. Identifies their True Potential, business and individuals alike,
  2. Encourages – to the point of pushing – them out of their comfort zone towards this vision, and
  3. Injects them with the insight they need to make leaps towards this vision hitting each of their goals along the way.

Finally, he summarizes his business process as  Engagement – Vision Setting – Iterative Attainment

Online Learning

About the Lean Leadership Institute!

Becoming a student of the courses identified below is the most economical way to engage George and his top-notch team of coaches. Over 100,000 students from over 60 countries have been educated by these courses over the past 10 years.

LLI provides the highest quality and most economical education and support for developing Lean leaders and improving organizational performance. Its mission is to encourage self-developing leaders to become coaches and develop others to their true potential.

LLI offers an innovative way to learn the secrets of lean leadership through an online education model that is itself lean, and extends that lean education far beyond the course materials to learning by doing with a coach.

Principles of Lean Thinking

This course articulates what behavior must exist for change to take hold. It all starts with the basics (principles) and then makes the connection to implement these principles, regardless of the industry you work in. Join this course for Free, and then decide if you would like further assistance. If so, use George to work with you and your team to make the impactful change that your people, and you, deserve.

Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels

When Jeff Liker wrote The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership with Gary Convis we knew that “lean leaders” would finally have a way to live their company’s values, become excellent at process improvement following the disciplined approach of Plan-Do-Check-Act; learn to coach others in process improvement; and lead both horizontally across the company and vertically within their area of responsibility. This allows leaders to achieve the challenging targets the organization needs for success.