The Edges of Lean — Ep 64 Continuously Improving Your Cognitive Functions with ST Rappaport

Practicing Lean changes your brain. Do you agree? I know for me, repeating the patterns of the Plan-Do-Check-Act, or the pattern of the improvement kata, and because of using and adapting lean tools, I think very differently from the way I used to think.  This conversation with ST Rappaport illuminated what cognitive functions we are improving when we practice Lean thinking, and why that practice works. I think you will be as fascinated as I was when you meet her.  




ST is a productivity coach, who like many people, struggled to be more efficient and effective – until, she says, she changed the way her brain is wired. Now she helps others, through her organization, LifePix University. LifePix University helps growing entrepreneurs solve their core problems so they can become more efficient and effective in their personal and professional life. 



  • ST’s career background
  • How did she get into teaching about the growth mindset?
  • What is Feuerstein’s Method?
  • How does Feuerstein’s Method help ST with her reading difficulties?
  • The connection between a Growth Mindset with Feuerstein’s Method
  • Cognitive function explained
  • How cognitive deficiencies affect people’s emotions



  • A growth mindset is a belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort and practice. This mindset is in contrast to a fixed mindset, which is the belief that abilities are set in stone and cannot be changed. 
  • Practicing lean thinking may be a way for people to develop their cognitive functions.
  • Reuven Feuerstein’s method is a cognitive intervention program. The goal of the program is to improve cognitive functioning in individuals with brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. 
  • Cognitive function refers to the ability to think, learn and remember. It is a broad term that encompasses many different mental processes, including attention, planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and working memory. 
  • Understanding how your brain works can help you to learn new things more easily and to use your strengths to your advantage.


Memorable Quotes From ST Rappaport


“ Time-saving was the best thing. This is part of the challenge with cognitive functions because we’re so used to doing it the same way. We think this is the right way and this is the best way to do it. “