How to develop the ability to navigate the “gray zone” of continuous improvement, the gap between the current state of business performance and the target state, is the subject of a free webinar from the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) set for June 28, 2012, at 2p.m. (Eastern).
Researcher and LEI author Mike Rother will host the webinar “Improvement Kata – Coaching Kata” as the next installment in LEI’s lean management series of free webinars on critical lean transformation issues.
Kata is Japanese for a well–rehearsed routine that becomes second nature, like riding a bike or driving a car. Thus, the improvement kata is a routine for daily systematic improvement. It is a practice pattern that helps managers and their teams members develop the ability to improve from their current state of performance to a target state. The improvement kata is a practice pattern to develop an effective thinking pattern.
Dealing successfully with the challenges and uncertainties in the “gray zone” between the current and futures states is a key to creating a company culture based on continuous improvement where people, coached by their managers, make daily improvements based on the scientific method of plan, do, check, act (PDCA). The Improvement Kata – Coaching Kata webinar will focus on what leaders and managers need to do to make that happen.
This one-hour webinar, based on research by Rother and his associated book Toyota Kata, includes a period for an audience Q&A.
Rother is an engineer, researcher, teacher and speaker on the subjects of management, leadership, improvement, adaptiveness, and change in human organizations. He is co-author of two LEI workbooks. Learning to See: value-stream mapping to add value and eliminate muda received a Shingo Research Award in 1999 and Creating Continuous Flow: an action guide for managers, engineers and production associates received the award in 2003. He co-developed the Training to See kit that teaches facilitators how to run value-stream mapping workshops. Last year his latest book, Toyota Kata (McGraw-Hill), received the Shingo award.
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