Master The Art of Problem Solving

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Meet Art Smalley

Leadership Development, Lean Thinking, and Continuous Improvement Expert.

Art Smalley is a renowned author, consultant and expert specializing in the areas of leadership, lean thinking and world class methods for improvement based upon the Toyota Production System.

Through his company Art of Lean, Inc., he has served numerous companies and leading organizations around the world.

Art is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and advise organizations in the area of performance improvement and leadership development.

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Leverage Art's expertise to transform your organization.
Online Courses

Online Courses

Tap into Art's 30+ years of experience with these training programs to get your team organized and marching in the right direction. 

You will learn about...

  • Problem Solving
  • Coaching For Success
  • Leadership Shaping

These courses are 100% online and easy to access from any device with an internet connection.

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Learn more about problem solving, kaizen, and a variety of other concepts in these 4 books, available to purchase on Amazon. 

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Live Training

Live Training

Bring Art's expertise to your organization with small workshops, large seminars, and even one-on-one consultations.  

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What People Are Saying

Find out what it's like to work with Art Smalley

"I had the pleasure of working with Art Smalley first at Toyota in Powertrain Operations and then later on leading teams in American companies on their lean journey. There is no finer problem solving thought leader or coach I can recommend other than Art Smalley."

- Russ Scaffede, Retired VP Toyota Motor Corporation

"Art and I go back over 30 years to our time in Japan together working on the original materials and training for the Toyota Production System. His problem solving mastery and explanation of the 4 Types of Problems is the best way I can recommend to any leader thinking of improving problem solving in their organization."

- John Shook, Retired President and Chairman Lean Enterprise Institute

"Art Smalley has been a key resource in our thought development for creating a problem solving culture across global Timken. His approach and experience brought clarity to the 4 Types of Problems and how we needed to train, support, and leverage all associates in order to continuously identify and solve problems across our organization."

- Dan McFadden, Director Operations Timken Corporation

"We have found that our problem-solving framework inspired by Art Smalley's 4 Types of Problems has helped us build more effective improvement capacity within our company and improve the efficiency of problem-solving across our organization and with our partner organizations as well."

- Tim Reimann, Executive VP Operations McGough Construction

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Start your journey today to better problems solving skills and leadership mastery with our free 2-hour introductory course.

What you'll get:

  • An introduction to the 4 Types of Problems
  • Why one type is not enough.
  • How experts think about problems solving
  • What mistakes most organizations make
  • How to improve your own skills
  • How to think like a problem solving leader

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