Hi, I’m Crista Grasso, the founder of Lean Out Method.

I'm on a mission to help entrepreneurs simplify success, get off the hustle hamster wheel, and run lean businesses where they optimize what's working and eliminate anything not adding value to their clients and profit to their business.

Because here's the thing... people make growing and scaling their business way harder than it needs to be. 

And in the process, they burn themselves out, give up the freedom and flexibility they went into business for in the first place, and lose the passion they once felt for what they do.

You don't need to wear overwork and overwhelm like a badge of honor.  You can do business differently and grow and scale on your terms.  

I created my signature Lean Scaling System™ to show you how.

"What you say no to is just as important as what you say yes to."

- Crista Grasso

Our Story

Early in my entrepreneurial journey, I felt like I was doing all the right things but no matter how hard I worked, my big goals and vision seemed just out of reach.

I worked around the clock, living on little sleep, loads of caffeine, and a whole lot of hope and determination. I consistently felt overworked and overwhelmed, and found myself wishing there were more hours in the day and more dollars in my bank account.

I was trying to hustle my way to success and after a couple years, all I had to show for it was a whole lot of debt and being on the verge of burnout. 

The thing was - I knew how to scale a business.  I had successfully done so for years as a business coach and consultant working with Fortune 50 businesses.  And I had done it in my own prior businesses.

Something wasn't adding up... so I took some time to really reflect on what was different about this business and why my jewelry business was struggling while the  companies I was coaching and consulting with were thriving. 

I had many realizations and I share them all on the Lean Out Your Business Podcast, but one in particular was the catalyst for founding what is today the Lean Out Method.

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The big difference I found?

The businesses experiencing massive success were all lean.  And my jewelry business was far from lean. 

I had scaled it way too quickly, and without having taken the time to lean out the business first and put the right systems in place, I ended up scaling noise and complexity which resulted in making everything more expensive, more difficult to manage, and more difficult to sustain.

From the outside, it looked like the business was wildly successful.  We were at all the major tradeshows, working with top influencers, worn in TV shows and movies, in top retailers in our niche... But it wasn't until I actually leaned out the business that the behind-the-scenes matched the outside illusion of success. 

This brought about the realization that so many big businesses were implementing a lean and agile way of working but so many small businesses had never heard of it. There was a whole world that they weren’t leveraging... and sadly neither was I in my own business before I had this epiphany.

So I created the Lean Out Method (LOM), which I designed specifically with the busy entrepreneur in mind to utilize the same principles and practices that large companies had been using for decades to significantly scale beyond their competitors, skyrocket profits, and reduce complexities and overhead.

When I started using these same methods in my own businesses it was a total game changer, and I am confident it will be the same for you, just as it has been for the hundreds of small businesses I have consulted with since creating LOM.

“We were ready to take our business to the next level and what we needed was a way to scale our business in a systematic way. Crista’s program enabled us to create a vision for a future and build prioritized action plans to achieve that vision.

What set the Lean Out Method apart was how we could directly apply the tools, techniques, and strategies in a no-nonsense manner to focus on the systems that needed to be there for long-term sustained growth.

If you want to grow your business in a sustained systematic way, and not burn yourself out, we highly recommend Crista and Lean Out Method. We grew our revenue over 60% as a direct result of applying Lean Out Method to our business.

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Crista Grasso is an international lean and agile business transformation consultant to Fortune 50 multi-billion dollar businesses, strategic advisor to 6 - 8 figure small businesses, Founder of the Lean Out Method® and the Strategic Ops Institute, and creator of the Lean Scaling System™.

She is also the host of the Lean Out Your Business Podcast where she shares her top strategies to simplify and scale your business.

Crista has been helping businesses achieve accelerated and sustainable results and increased profitability for more than three decades and has built, grown, and scaled 8 of her own businesses.

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Known as the "Business Optimizer", Crista has the ability to quickly cut through the noise and focus on optimizing the core things that will make the biggest impact to simplify and scale a business.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and holds several lean, agile, change management, and program management certifications including:

  • Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC)
  • Kanban Management Professional (KMP)
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Agile Business Transformation Coach (BTC)
  • AIM Change Management Practitioner (AIM-AP)

Crista is often described as high energy, super passionate, and very practical (you won’t get a lot of fluff or hype).  

When she's not dishing out the merits of lean strategic planning, simple sustainable scaling, or the importance of blending strategy with operations, you can find her drinking espresso, rocking out with Bret Michaels, or spending time with her 2 dogs and a great book. She is an avid traveler - always embarking on new adventures.

Follow along on Instagram at @cristagrasso.

About the Lean Out Method

The Lean Out Method (LOM) is a system designed to help business owners cut through noise, distractions, and competing priorities so they can achieve their biggest goals and create a scalable, profitable, and sustainably successful business without adding more to their already busy schedules.

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The Lean Out Method - Success Simplified

1.  Set CONTEXT so you know where you are going and why it is important

2.  Gain CLARITY on the right things to be doing right now in your business

3.  Make a COMMITMENT to do whatever it takes to achieve your big goals

4.  Practice KAIZEN and continuously reflect and improve in order to grow

Want to learn more about how the Lean Out Method helps you to simplify and scale your business and what it's like to work with us?

Check out our limited series podcast, Do Less, Scale Faster, a special 10-episode show dedicated to helping coaching, consulting, and service-based businesses to simplify and scale their business through simple systems, lean strategies, and a rockstar team. 

It introduces you to the Lean Out Method and our Lean Business Scaling System and shares what it's like to work with us including case studies with clients. 

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