Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success

We have run technical product businesses and we understand you’re already strapped for time and are pressed for growth and execution.  The Next Step brings a team of battle-tested Driven Simplifiers, who are wired for problem solving. Our motto is simple, no homework and one less problem for our customer.

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Brian Rome

What do you do in your role at The Next Step?

As a consultant at The Next Step, I focus on Operations related opportunities.  When working with different clients, I provide “fresh eyes” to them helping them look at their business to help them with improving workflow, product quality, organizational structure, and leadership.

How/when did you first become interested in this type of work?

In a sense, I have always done this work.  I have run many Operations group, applying the same continuous improvement, Operational development, and leadership methodologies.  With my work with TNS, I get to apply my experience with the Clients I work with.

What aspect your job brings you the most satisfaction?

When I see a client get the “A ha!” experience.  While I am working with them to improve an aspect of their business, I enjoy them learning how to use the methodologies and techniques we work together on.

If you have a pet, what do you most enjoy about them?

We have an Australian Labradoodle named Rory.  My kids named him after a character from the “Dr. Who?” TV series.  There are two things I enjoy about him.  Rory is fun to play with – we spend many hours “playing catch” in the backyard and taking walks on our local walking paths.  More importantly, I love seeing his interaction and connection with my family.  They are nuts about him and he is of them.

How do you like to spend your free time?

My free time is centered around my family. I always say I am a Husband/Dad first, and everything follows in line after that.  If it in not doing something together outside – work or play – we spend a lot of time together taking road trips, playing games, watching movies, or taking part in activities at our Church.

Certifications and Credentials

- University of St. Thomas – BA – Operations Management, BA – Psychology

- University of St. Thomas - MBA

- Trainer – Manufacturers Alliance – Kaizen, Value Stream Management, Team Leadership

- Adjunct Faculty Member – Mini-Masters of the Lean Enterprise

- Manufacturers Alliance – Advisory Board

- Knights of Columbus – Grand Knight, Trustee, Minnesota State Family of the Year


Ya, we're a bunch of growth oriented, metric driven, type A, continuous improvement drivers, who enjoy knocking out tasks and having some fun in the process. Yet as a team, our discussions revolve around MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and how we are delivering measurable value for our customers.  It’s why we have the policy that if we don’t deliver value you don’t pay.  It’s why we hire people that are:

Build Trust We display character and competence, building long-term relationships through transparency, mutual respect, and our consistent ability to deliver results.
Be Selfless We exhibit adaptability, flexibility, and a willingness to take on the challenges of others and guide them to positive outcomes. To always do the right thing even if we suffer in the process. To put others first.
Always Improve We exude a bias for “Yes” with a desire to make things better. It is the courage and bravery to forge new paths and try new things, knowing failure is only a bump on the path to growth.
Fight for Others We lead the charge and are dauntless in our approach to accomplishing our clients’ goals. Tirelessly elevating our own skills to support our team members and clients. Prepared at all times to answer the call.