Kata Talk: Navigate the Chutes and Ladders of Continuous Improvement

Kata Talk: Navigate the Chutes and Ladders of Continuous Improvement 

 This is a learning session that Mike Rother and I premiered at a GBMP conference in Springfield. It’s designed to get leaders and managers into the mindset of what they need to do to develop and guide continuous improvement. This session is interactive and was a big hit.

We are in the process of scheduling this presentation in a webinar format. Stay tuned!

The slide presentation for Kata Talk is available here:





Communication Kata: Practices to build communication excellence 

Thursday, November 17, 2011
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mountain Time  

This webinar is complete. View the replay and download the slides


Kata Quotient

You’ve known about IQ – Intelligence Quotients – from grade school. You learned about EQ – Emotional Intelligence – in the 90s. But how about KQ, – Kata Quotients? Do you even know you have one, let alone how high it is?

You’ll get insight into your personal KQ when you navigate the Chutes and Ladders of Continuous Improvement. Plus, you’ll learn how to stay in the “kata corridor” to reach the new levels of excellence.

At every step of this journey, you will be given choices. Will your response lead you to climb the Ladder of Learning toward your next target condition? Or will you slide down the Chute of Conjecture toward terminal mediocrity? Will the pull be with you, moving you up the path? Or will force foil you and send you sliding? And how does high KQ turn even the worst slide into a learning opportunity to guide the next step?

You operate in a new paradigm, and this session both tests and enhances your ability to navigate the chutes and ladders of continuous improvement. It blends Mike Rother’s Toyota Kata with Meryl Runion’s SpeakStrong to provide you with the kind of on-the-ground guidance you want and need to practice continuous improvement Toyota Kata and Speak Strong style. Have fun!


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