Kata Training

Consistent competence in improvement and leadership

Kata is a term that comes from martial arts: the act of constantly practicing and applying a sequence of actions is designed to turn it into a routine which can be called up instantly as needed. Mike Rother makes a distinction between improvement kata and coaching kata. In improvement kata, the objective is to apply a learning routine to the process of gradually achieving a defined target.

Improvement kata is based on an interaction between the student (usually an employee) and the coach (usually a manager). Correctly applying improvement kata is supported by coaching kata. 

In our two-phase training program, you will learn about improvement kata and coaching kata and learn how to apply them. You will then be able to try out kata and use it independently in your company.

The key effects of this approach: Accelerating or revitalizing your CIP, increasing the adaptability of your company, engaging in strategic continuing development of the employees and managers involved, creating happiness, and experiencing many “Eureka!” moments in jointly applying these techniques as well as rapidly achieving sophisticated goals.

Your advantages

The concept of a learning organization is nothing new – but it has never been as relevant as it is today! In times of great changes and constant fluctuation, one of the most important factors to help you stand out from the competition is adaptability as well as the capability of learning steadily and in short cycles. Ultimately, of course, it is not the organizations that learn: it’s the employees. The 70-20-10 model of learning states that nearly 90% of learning takes place by means of professional challenges, stimulating tasks and an exchange of ideas at the workplace. And managers have a significant effect on creating learning situations. There is hardly any method that is more suitable here than Kata: its daily routines and structured exchange between managers and employees help achieve a specifically defined target. And in the process, both parties experience long-term learning: the employee and the manager alike!

Kaizen and CIP workshops and projects are absolutely justified, especially at the outset of a company’s Lean transformation or when they are implementing major changes. Here people explore methods, create lighthouses and generate remarkable results on a hands-on basis. Usually these outcomes are achieved by Lean experts (in-house and / or external). One problem here is that these workshops are event-related, which means that in a best-case scenario, they take place only in the appropriate areas and departments. At the same time, however, daily business cannot suffer as a result, and the experts themselves are resources in high demand. Kata is an excellent complement and jumping-off point in these situations, since ideally it can be used every day and requires little, if any, input from experts. As a result, CIP is put into practice on a daily basis across all areas as it is being implemented.

Creating learning organizations and experiencing dynamic DIP

By applying Kata

In our two-phase training program, you will learn about improvement kata, coaching kata and learn how to apply them. You will then be able to try out kata and use it independently in your company.

This training program is available as an in-house solution. Contact us now for a nonbinding quote:

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Improvement Kata

Basic course in Kata

Improve processes on a daily basis and achieve challenging goals

This course is available as an in-house solution.

Coaching Kata

Intermediate course in Kata

Structured development of employees and managers

This course is available as an in-house solution.

Is this training for you?

Your contact person

Margret Messerle

Specialist Academy Organisation


Phone: +49 7024 8056 188

E-Mail: academy-service@staufen.ag



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