The Improvement Kata pattern is a better way for learning and developing the capabilities of our most valuable resource: our employees. Shigeo Shingo noted that continuous improvement means trying something we’ve not done before — treading into unexplored territory. Yet, most organizations task employees with entering into uncharted waters as if it is already familiar. The results are almost always disappointing both to employee and manager.
Using an example familiar to most, learning to drive, GBMP compares traditional “push system” learning with the Improvement Kata method, which redefines the manager’s role as coach and enabler. Whether in our personal or work lives, achieving challenging goals requires a set of practiced skills and a social environment that support a scientific approach to problem-solving. This video of Anna’s driving lessons provides an introduction to the critical importance of Kata methodology to real human development.
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This article is part of the March 2015 issue of our Get Organized! Get Visual! eNewsletter. To view additional articles in this issue, go to these links:
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