Beating the competition, exceeding customer expectations, and growing profitably isn’t easy. Add to the mix – increasing customer demand, pricing and delivery pressures, and the need to continually improve. Getting to where you want to be just got more challenging. Throw on top the workforce shortage and your growth goals may seem unreachable. Your employees can be the key to a successful strategy.

When employees are attempting to solve problems in different ways, there is less efficiency, lost production,  dissatisfied employees, and potentially a negative impact to the bottom line. Improvement Kata can engage and equip employees with a life-long skill that makes continuous improvement a habit. Learning this skill:

• engages all employees in deliberate and daily practice of continuous improvement
• enables teams to navigate together towards the same goals, address obstacles, and develop solutions
• creates a pattern that becomes habit or second nature
• promotes measuring and evaluating the impact of any improvement efforts

“We first heard about Kata during a tour of a world-class company that we benchmark against, but had no idea how to pursue this new (to us) problem-solving method. NWIRC’s Tom Weible coached us through our first Kata challenge with amazing results that are proving to be long lasting. We now use Kata as the basis for all our improvement efforts,” said Dan Ignasiak, President, SEPCO.

Improvement and Coaching Kata training is scheduled for August 21-22 in St Marys. As an added bonus, the participant receives a two-hour post-workshop onsite coaching session to work on an actual improvement at their company using kata skills. Click here for more details or to register.