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Kata Training and Coaching

What is Kata?

Kata embeds structured thinking into day-by-day work and quickly establishes a culture of continuous improvement and employee engagement.

  • Consists of Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata and is activated through the scientific PDCA — Plan, Do, Check, Act — method
  • The Improvement Kata is a four-step thinking and solving pattern that becomes second nature for people in their in day-to-day work.
  • The Coaching Kata is a structured and ongoing pattern of questions a trained coach asks of the people involved in the Improvement Kata.
  • Develops frontline leaders and workers as the engine for sustainable results in the workplace, a proven method for workers to learn by doing and build a culture of determination and action to improve.
  • Team members collaborate on target conditions and related metrics and maintain focus on progress towards them.
  • Fosters higher levels of employee engagement and collaboration; accelerates adoption of change.
  • Kata is foundational to initiatives for continuous improvement, lean, operational excellence and talent programs, but can be learned and applied by itself or in conjunction with other problem solving and improvement programs.

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Why Kata Is Effective

People Focused

Your people become involved and feel appreciated; their performance and emotional commitment takes problems solving and improvement to new heights.

Becomes Second Nature

Practicing kata establishes a culture of continuous improvement and active employee engagement; it becomes the natural reflex when facing everyday problems. Instills an instinct to seek and pursue process improvements on a daily basis.

Develops Scientific Thinking

PDCA – Plan, Do, Check, Act – is a proven model for improvement. Enables testing potential solutions on a smaller and more controlled scale.

Aligned with Goals

Before any training begins, we work with you to understand what you need to accomplish and set target metrics accordingly. In itself, target and goal setting are elements of Kata.

Available Programs

There are three basic Kata training programs. All enable and empower your frontline leaders and workers with the skills to solve more problems and innovate improvements. We can advise you on staging and sequencing our programs depending on what you need to do or which problems you need to solve.

What Our Clients Say

I got so much from it (Kata Workshop) and I am excited to begin applying the pattern. I am completely impressed by how you serve others through your teaching and sharing, it is truly admirable.
Marissa Brinkman From Fishback Financial Corporation
Marissa Brinkman, Fishback Financial (What is Kata and Kata Training page)

Become a certified TWI Institute trainer

Remember how much you enjoyed your favorite teacher? The teacher who turned a learning process into an enriching experience? If you love the idea of inspiring people, helping them improve and watching them grow with a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction, then consider becoming a Kata Trainer, sanctioned and certified by TWI Institute.

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