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Karl Ohaus is an executive lean coach and lean consultant who helps organizations large and small see the big picture and grasp the real problem situation so they know what to do next. Skilled in helping organizations establish “flow” operations by running high-impact experiments, Karl balances technical knowledge with team-building expertise. After working with Karl, organizations are much better prepared to navigate uncertainty by focusing on what they can control: the health of their products, their business, and their people.
Karl grew up in New Jersey and is the great-grandson of the founder of Ohaus Scale, a manufacturer of Laboratory Balances. Before leaving to attend Duke University, his father insisted that he spend a summer working on the shop floor and seeing firsthand how hard the work could be and the challenges those talented individuals faced every day. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Karl worked for American Standard for 10 years as a design engineer and for his father’s second business venture 1991 to 2001. After starting to work as a lean coach, he knew what his life’s work would be. “How can you not love this stuff?” he says. “You get up every day and you help people learn to solve their problems, and every time you do, life gets better for everybody involved.” A longtime faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute, Karl holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Duke University School of Engineering.
Karl is married to Tracey, and they have three daughters and a son.
Books By Karl:
- Perfecting Patient Journeys: Improving Patient Safety, Quality, and Satisfaction While Building Problem-Solving Skills