Engaging Everyone in Lean! A Cost Effective Solution

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Head shot2Let’s be honest about lean implementation and training. In most organizations lean training is for a select few. These same few may engage a few more. But, the dominant culture, the dominant habits of working and managing, too often do not change.

What if you had an effective method, and a low-cost method, of training and engaging everyone in the organization? This is now available through a partnership of Lean Leadership Institute and myself.

Partnership with Lean Leadership Institute

The goal of Lean Leadership Institute is to provide high qualityLeanLeadershipInstitute_Logo_FIN, low-cost, and convenient training in lean leadership and methods from the world’s best experts and trainers. This includes Jeffrey Liker (Toyota Way), Norman Bodek (the Harada Method), George Trachilis (Lean Thinking) myself. We are now launching a new and exciting opportunity that will help you to achieve the following:

• Engage every single employee in the lean process.
• Train every manager to become an effective team leader.
• Assure that every team is functioning at a high level. This includes…

o A scorecard and visual display for every team.
o A team charter defining their customers, processes, and principles.
o Every team mapping their work process.
o Every team and team leader developing standard work.
o Every team practicing RCA, PDCA and A3 problem solving.
o Every team demonstrating the elimination of waste.
o Every team leader developing facilitation skills, listening skills, and the skills of managing human performance.

• All of this at minimal expense and delivered in a way that is completely flexible and convenient.

This is Team Kata. Team Kata includes forty-nine lectures (more than 13 hours); twenty-two quizzes; and action-learning assignments that put lean practices to work within each team. It builds the skills of every team leader and team member. It is designed to be self-paced and self-administered, utilizing internal coaches to assist each team and team leader. Assistance is also available from LLI coaches. It can be viewed on any Internet connected device, anywhere, anytime.

Why Teams?

Teams are the core work unit of lean organizations. The effective functioning of natural work teams and management teams, each practicing and demonstrating lean methods, is the key to building lean culture. When it is practiced by all teams, at all levels, this becomes a sustainable shift in the culture of the organization. The culture is embedded in the habits of small groups. A “team kata” is a routine of practice the develops habits that lead to success. This program presents those katas and calls on each team to practice them. These methods have proven effective in dozens of organizations over a period of more than thirty years.

Cost Effective for Large Scale Change

It is now available online and priced in a way that makes it possible to offer this training to every team leader and employee. It is priced to encourage large-scale group participation and change.

  • Single course purchases are $250. (see introductory offer below).
  • Group/company discounts are being offered at a significantly reduced rates depending on the number of students.
  •  Ten to twenty participants – $200 each.
  • Twenty one to fifty participants – $175 each.
  • Fifty to One hundred participants – $150 each.
  • Group discounts above one hundred participants are also available.

Larry Miller provides an overview of the course and its implementation in your company in this video: Introduction to Team Kata.

Lean Leadership Institute is also offering Yellow and Green Belt certification in Lean Team Leadership for leaders who demonstrate their competence in the Team Kata and for coaching others.

Introductory Offer:

For the next thirty days (through the month of August)  we are offering a single introductory course enrollment for $99 for friends of myself and LLI. This is to give you an opportunity to see how this course can very literally change the culture of your organization to one of high engagement and high performance at every level.

To register:
1) go to www.TeamKata.guru,
2) select the YELLOW BELT option, and enter code TEAMKATA
3) fill in the information, and pay.

Note: You will NOT be receiving any coaching for this introductory price!

For many organizations who have embarked on the lean journey, it is now time to go beyond tools and techniques used by a few, to a culture of teamwork in which every employee is fully engaged and every leader is coaching his or her team to high performance. This is the purpose and practice of Team Kata.

Join us in this journey now.

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