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Kata Training and Coaching

What is Kata?

Kata practice routines embed 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 both of which have PDCA — Plan, Do, Check, Act — foundations.
  • The Improvement Kata is a four-step practice routine that leads to “thinking and solving” becoming second nature for people in their day-to-day work.
  • The Coaching Kata is a practice routine that coaches can use to help them become better at helping others learn to think scientifically.
  • 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.
  • Because they are meta patterns, both Kata are foundational for continuous improvement, lean, operational excellence and talent programs. They can practiced individually or to strengthen other problem solving and improvement programs.

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Why Kata Is Effective

Your people become involved and feel appreciated; their performance and emotional commitment takes problems solving and improvement to new heights.
Becomes Second Nature
Kata establishes a culture of continuous improvement and active employee engagement. It develops the desirable natural reflex when facing everyday problems and 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 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 elemental to 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 Kata 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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