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Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Building on the power of habits, Toyota Kata helps build a daily continuous learning and improvement culture – a kaizen culture.
In this session, Håkan Forss will introduce two main kata* of Toyota Kata – improvement kata and coaching kata. You will learn how the improvement kata and coaching kata can become your “muscle memory” for continuous learning and improvements in your organization. These daily habits or routines will help you to strive toward your state of awesomeness in small experiments focused on learning. The improvement kata will form the habits of doing small daily experiments focused on learning and improving. The coaching kata will form the habits of leaders in an organization to help the learners learn and improve.
It’s time to stop collecting problems and start forming new habits of learning and improving!
(*) Kata means pattern, routine, habits or way of doing things. Kata is about creating a fast “muscle memory” of how to take action instantaneously in a situation without having to go through a slower logical procedure. A kata is something you practice over and over, while striving for perfection. If the kata itself is relatively static, the content of the kata, as we execute it, is modified based on the situation and context in real-time as it happens. A kata is different from a routine in that it contains a continuous self-renewal process.