About Crista

Most of my clients consider me their secret weapon. 

You’ve driven their cars, flown on their planes, ridden their elevators, worn their clothing and accessories, shopped their stores, and used their services.  You've been coached by them, learned from them, and been inspired by them.  They range from companies with thousands of employees to small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, and influencers spanning the product and service industries.

The one thing they all have in common?  By infusing lean practices and strategic planning into their business, they have gained clarity on the most important things to be focused on right now, and have seen profit increases in the 5, 6, 7 and 8 figure ranges.  

I have used these same methods in my own coaching and consulting businesses, and in my product based accessory brand, Criscara Jewelry, where I was able to 10x profits while keeping all production in the USA.

I created The Lean Out Method to help you do the same.

I’m high energy, super passionate, and very practical (you won’t get a lot of fluff or hype).  I am all about generating real results and sustainable success.  And I know that leaning out is the way to do that!

I am usually booked out so far in advance with private consulting and coaching clients, that I decided to create the Lean Out Planner.  I wanted to create a way for small business owners and entrepreneurs to leverage these practices to transform their own businesses without having to wait to work with me directly.  And for those who do want to work with me, I also added a few options including a group mastermind program and an amazing and luxurious planning retreat.

When I’m not dishing out the merits of lean business planning, you can find me drinking espresso, rocking out with Bret Michaels, enjoying a spa day, or snuggling up with my pups and a great book.  I am an avid traveler - always embarking on new adventures.

Follow along on Instagram at @cristagrasso.

"With the fast pace of business, I truly believe that if you are not growing and moving forward, you are regressing and falling behind - there is no standing still." - Crista Grasso


One of the ways that I have been able to lead and coach businesses to obscene levels of success consistently for 2+ decades is by being a lifelong learner.

As a kid, I read every single book in the children's section of my local library (I even wrote a few children's books and won the Young Authors Award when I was in 6th grade). As I got older, I would take courses and attend workshops after school and on the weekends. 

I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and went on to get several lean, agile, change management, and program management certifications including:

  • Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC)
  • Kanban Management Professional (KMP)
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • AIM Change Management Accredited Practitioner
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • Agile Transformation Coach

Self-development has always been something that I create protected space for.  Today, I continuously attend events with other thought leaders, and learn new skills and ways of thinking.  But the thing is, it's actually never been about the learning so much as it is about growing as a person and a business leader and putting what I learn into practice.

To me, the magic comes in combining so much of what I have learned into highly effective ways of working. It's taking concepts from different industries, frameworks, methods, and experiences and blending them together in ways that far exceed the performance of doing them on their own. 

It is through experimentation, innovation, and a commitment to continuous improvement that fuels me to keep learning and growing. And how I help you do the same when we work together or you leverage the Lean Out Method in your business.

 

Feedback and results shared from recent Fortune 50 consulting engagements

 

"Crista consistently demonstrates exemplary leadership in a challenging space, leading business leaders in the US and India to drive outcomes and deliver value that improves business performance.  She has introduced a number of innovative practices to help our clients ensure sustainability."  - Agile Consulting Firm

 

"Crista's excellent leadership and stewardship skills and skillful mastery of working with the client's management team to understand their needs led to the successful completion of 2 high priority initiatives.  She spared no effort to make sure her coaching team had whatever they needed to get the work accomplished." - Agile Coach

 

"Crista Grasso engaged in a visit to Notre Dame on our behalf sharing as a guest professor. She was able to bring Lean and Agile to life and the students were highly engaged and receptive. Crista was a tremendous facilitator and was able to showcase our organization in a new light that couldn’t have been done without her help."  - Fortune 50 US Manufacturer 

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