Ground-breaking Development Opportunities With the Ever-So-Lean Learning Series and Rising Stars Programs

Unlock the potential of your workforce and the young minds in your life with the Ever-So-Lean Learning Series and the exciting Ever-So-Lean Rising Stars initiative. Our comprehensive suite of e-Learning courses are designed to engage, empower and inspire to drive change, foster innovation and deliver tangible cost savings. Kickstarting your journey of continuous improvement couldn’t be easier with our ‘Continuous Improvement Foundational’ e-Learning course. This self-guided entry-level program covers all the basics in 20 interactive and engaging lessons, providing you and your team with the essential tools and knowledge to implement effective improvements. The foundational course is an ideal stepping stone, empowering participants to make a real impact within their organizations. But we don’t stop there. Soon, we will launch intermediate and advanced levels of our e-Learning series, ensuring that you can continue to grow and excel in your continuous improvement efforts. Each course builds confidence and knowledge, creating a robust learning pathway that supports ongoing development and mastery. Launching in July, our Rising Stars e-Learning program, endorsed and accredited by the illustrious British Quality Foundation, takes a unique approach to nurturing future leaders. This program is tailored to individuals aged 11 and up, focusing on leadership, problem-solving, and continuous improvement skills. It’s an excellent development opportunity for young minds, equipping them with the tools, awareness, and confidence needed to drive excellence from a young age. Book your on-site workshops now to experience the dynamic, hands-on training that sets Ever-So-Lean apart. Our expert-led sessions are designed to complement our e-Learning offerings, providing your team with practical insights and real-world applications. Ever-So-Lean Learning Series – Ever-So-Lean ( For workshop bookings and more information, visit To hear more of my ramblings, follow me on LinkedIn – Matt Sims, or check out my Blogs at Blog – Ever-So-Lean (

Unlocking The Potential of Tomorrow’s Leaders: Introducing Ever-So-Lean Rising Stars

I am absolutely thrilled to announce the ongoing success of our Ever-So-Lean Rising Stars program! The positive impact on the young minds that have participated so far has been nothing short of inspiring, and I am excited to share this journey with you. I believe that unlocking the potential of young minds is key to shaping a future filled with innovation and emotionally intelligent leadership. Continuous Improvement skills go beyond problem-solving; they foster agility, critical thinking, and confidence in navigating the complexities of today’s diverse, modern world. The Ever-So-Lean Rising Stars program, tailored for ages 11 and up (and enjoyed by those as young as 8), is a gateway to this transformative journey. We’ve already hosted dynamic in-person workshops across the UK, and soon we’ll launch interactive and engaging, certificated online e-learning modules, developed and endorsed in association with the British Quality Foundation (BQF). Transforming Education Through Continuous Improvement Continuous Improvement, often associated with the manufacturing or corporate world, holds profound relevance in the education of young minds. According to a study by the International Journal of Educational Management, integrating Continuous Improvement in educational settings significantly enhances student engagement and performance. Our Rising Stars program is designed to bring these benefits to young learners, preparing them for both academic and personal success. My Journey: A Testament to Continuous Learning and Perseverance I developed the Rising Stars program myself, drawing from my own journey from academic challenges and frontline roles to global senior leadership. This path underscores the power of continuous learning, mentorship, a pull to learn, and sheer perseverance. This program is more than just education—it’s empowerment. My experience exemplifies the transformative power of resilience and the importance of fostering a growth mindset from a young age. From my early days on the frontline to leading multi-million dollar global initiatives, I hope that my story inspires and motivates young minds to embrace challenges, seize opportunities, and believe in their potential. Practical Applications for Real-World Skills Rising Stars delves into the practical applications of Continuous Improvement. Participants will discover its relevance in their daily lives, honing essential employability skills like teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, public speaking, and innovation, to name just a few. This program isn’t just about preparing them for future careers; it’s about instilling a positive, growth mindset and a sense of endless possibility from a young age. Hands-On Learning for Lasting Impact Our workshops prioritise hands-on learning, emphasising the acquisition of new skills through practical application. We accommodate diverse learning styles and needs, ensuring every participant feels engaged and supported. By making meaningful connections between theoretical concepts and real-world scenarios, we create an environment where learning becomes an engaging and enjoyable experience that resonates with each young mind’s unique way of understanding and absorbing information. A 2019 report by the National Education Association highlighted that experiential learning boosts knowledge retention by 75% compared to traditional learning methods. At Rising Stars, we leverage this insight to ensure our workshops are as impactful as possible. The Rising Stars e-Learning Program The Rising Stars e-Learning program is designed to empower young minds with essential skills and knowledge to thrive in the business world. Developed by me personally, the curriculum is built on the standards of the British Quality Foundation (BQF) adult equivalent, but repositioned with greater relevance, essential elements, and an engaging delivery format for the young minds audience. The result? A learning program that prepares young minds for future careers by empowering them with foundational knowledge in highly desirable skills that modern organisations depend upon to drive innovation and operational excellence. From mastering problem-solving fundamentals to cultivating leadership behaviours and nurturing innovation, our self-paced modules provide a comprehensive and immersive learning experience. Each lesson includes easy-to-follow instructions, interactive activities, and knowledge quizzes that allow learners to progress at their own pace. Our e-learning modules not only prepare students for future careers by teaching them valuable workplace skills but also promote critical thinking, collaboration, and a growth mindset. Accredited with BQF certification, learners can achieve credentials from the UK’s leading business excellence foundation, further enhancing their educational journey. I’m proud that our self-guided e-learning modules are endorsed by the British Quality Foundation, patronised by HRH Princess Anne. This association ensures that Rising Stars achieves excellence in every sense of the word. Looking Ahead: The Launch of Our New Website Stay tuned for the launch of our new website – coming very, very soon! It’s taken countless hours from me over the past four weeks, but it will provide a platform for excellence. Our website will feature interactive modules, resources, and success stories from our workshops. It’s all about Engaging, Empowering, and Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders! The Ever-So-Lean Rising Stars program is more than just a learning series; it’s a movement towards a brighter, more innovative future. By investing in the potential of our youth today, we are paving the way for a world filled with confident, capable, and creative leaders. Join us on this exciting journey and witness the transformative power of Continuous Improvement in action. To hear more of my ramblings, follow me on LinkedIn – Matt Sims, or check out my Blogs at Blog – Ever-So-Lean (

Unveiling Continuous Improvement: A Gateway to Excellence

In business, the dedication to Continuous Improvement (CI) transcends strategic manoeuvring; it evolves into a profound journey towards excellence in your field. Drawing from a reservoir of experience that spans over two decades, with substantial chapters at corporate giants such as Amazon and Royal Mail, this odyssey isn’t merely a professional trajectory—it’s a deeply personal and impactful narrative that has unfolded over almost half of my adult life. In the vast realm of business methodologies, names like Lean, Six Sigma, Agile, and the Toyota Production System resonate. They’re not just buzzwords; they represent frameworks that hold the potential to reshape perspectives and redefine success. However, amidst the jargon what does CI truly signify for you? Continuous Improvement is more than a catchphrase; it’s a philosophy ingrained in the DNA of successful businesses worldwide. It’s about an ongoing commitment to your people, enhance processes, foster innovation and elevate performance. For me, CI is the guiding principle that has propelled both global giants and local enterprises to unparalleled heights, and then most importantly, sustain what has been achieved whilst continuing to find opportunities to further improve. Forgetting global superpowers for just a minute, in the UK, you don’t have to go far to find an overwhelming number of organisations that have become synonymous with the successful implementation of Lean and CI methodologies, showcasing remarkable transformations. Jaguar Land Rover, a stalwart in the automotive industry, has embraced Lean principles to enhance manufacturing efficiency and product quality. By minimising waste, optimising production processes and empowering their workforce, Jaguar Land Rover has not only navigated industry challenges but has emerged as a beacon of British automotive excellence. Rolls-Royce, an iconic name in aerospace and engineering, has strategically employed Lean methodologies to streamline its complex manufacturing processes. The company’s commitment to CI has resulted in enhanced productivity, reduced lead times and increased overall operational agility. Rolls-Royce’s success serves as a testament to the adaptability of Lean principles across diverse industries, emphasising their applicability in the intricate landscape of advanced engineering. In the realm of retail, Tesco, a British multinational grocery retailer, has leveraged CI to optimise its supply chain and customer service. Through the application of CI methodologies, Tesco has achieved significant improvements in inventory management, reduced costs and increased customer satisfaction. This commitment to continuous enhancement has contributed to Tesco’s sustained success in the highly competitive retail sector. BT, British Gas, Lego, Costa, I could go on and on. These British organisations exemplify how Lean and CI are not mere methodologies confined to a dusty flipchart or whiteboard somewhere, but strategic imperatives driving success. Whether in automotive manufacturing, aerospace engineering, retail or any industry, these companies showcase the power of Lean and CI in fostering efficiency, innovation and enduring excellence in the dynamic landscape of British business. The underlying DNA in all of these? A commitment to change, engagement and a respect for people. Having played pivotal roles in renowned organisations like Amazon and Royal Mail, my journey is not just a testament to professional achievements but a demonstration of how CI can be a driving force for success both for organisations and individuals alike. The extensive exposure to diverse challenges, from the fast-paced innovation culture at Amazon to the transformational initiatives at Royal Mail, has fortified my belief in the transformative power of CI for everyone who’s life it touches. Let’s take a moment to delve into the tangible impact of CI. According to recent reports from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, companies actively embracing CI methodologies report an average productivity increase ranging from 10% to 15%. These statistics underscore the real and measurable difference that CI can make in the business landscape, boosting efficiency and laying the groundwork for sustained success. As we shift our focus to Kent, the benefits of adopting CI become even more pronounced. In a landscape where adaptability is key, CI equips businesses to navigate challenges, reduce operational costs and enhance overall productivity. Imagine your business not just weathering the storm but thriving amidst change, backed by a culture of CI. In the lexicon of business success, CI speaks the language of British precision and global competitiveness. It aligns seamlessly with the ethos of innovation and resilience. By embracing CI, businesses in Kent and beyond can position themselves as not just local players but as dynamic contenders on the global stage. As we navigate the intricate terrain of business methodologies, CI in any industry is the compass that guides your journey. The statistics, the experiences and the commitment—all converge to present a compelling case. It’s not just about staying relevant, it’s about leading the charge in an ever-evolving business landscape. In conclusion, CI is not a luxury or a nice to have, in the 21st century it’s a necessity for businesses looking to not only survive but thrive. Let this journey towards excellence be a shared one, where the transformative power of Continuous Improvement becomes the cornerstone of success for your business in the dynamic and promising landscape of Kent. Learn more about CI and Lean Leadership at Thirsty for more? I know a guy! To hear more of my ramblings, follow me on LinkedIn – Matt Sims, or check out my Blogs at Blog – Ever-So-Lean (