Practicing the Improvement Kata

Modifies Culture

3.

Kata Creates

Culture

5.

The TK

Starter Kata

The_TK_Starter_Kata.html

Value Stream Mapping

Supporting Materials

Supporting_Materials.html

Extras

Extras.html

1.

Improvement Kata

The_Improvement_Kata.html

Challenge

Challenge.html

2.

Coaching

Kata

The_Coaching_Kata.html
VSM.html

4.

Getting

Started

Getting_Started.html

TOYOTA

KATA

The

Improvement

Kata Exercise

The_IK_Exercise.html
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Something you should know about the brain


Brain scientists like to say, “Anytime you do something you’re

more likely to do it again.” In other words, thoughts and

behaviors that we repeat, intentionally or unintentionally,

can get woven into the neural structures of our brain.

Whatever we focus on and repeatedly do with enthusiasm

tends to become a reflexive way of thinking and acting

– our mindset and habits.


In this way your current organizational culture reinforces and perpetuates itself daily.

But, as we know from sports & music, with the following ingredients we can also develop

new skills and habits:  (1) structured routines for beginners to practice, (2) frequent

repetition, (3) feedback from a coach to correct our practice, and (4) optimism and

enthusiasm from feeling that we’re overcoming obstacles and making progress.

The Role of Managers


Managers are teachers by default, and the primary actors on the ground who create

and perpetuate an organization’s culture. They create the creators. What a manager

says and does every day should reinforce the desired way of operating.


Improvement Kata practice not only teaches a

scientific mindset, but also modifies the nature

of relationships in the organization. The more

you and your team develop skill and confidence

in the IK pattern:


The more you can empower people

The bigger the challenges you can take on

The more knowledge you can build

The faster your organization can move ahead

How do you create a team or organization culture of improvement, adaptiveness,

and innovation? What is the mechanism of culture modification?


Brain research is clear:  Developing new ways of thinking means practicing

targeted behaviors daily. The implication is that practice and coaching should

be integrated into the normal daily operation of a team or organization. The

Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata are exactly that – an ongoing, sustained

process to develop useful scientific skills and mindset, through the work itself.

1-minute video: Learning new skills

Brain by Emilio Garcia