Strategic Enhancements

Tackle the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century

Give your long-term transformation efforts the necessary spark and embark yourself and your organisation on a self-reflective learning and development journey.

Change is inevitable

The question is just in which direction we want it to proceed?

“The more efficient you are at doing the wrong thing, the wronger you become.
But if you do the right thing wrong and correct it, you get better” – Russel L. Ackoff

Let’s equip you with next-gen skills essential to tackle the emerging and complex challenges of the 21st century. Handle uncertainty more calmly, become more inclusive and self-reflective and increase your adaptability to achieve sustainable results that matter.

An evolutionary meta skill to thrive in complexity

Complexity Management (C2M) is a concept that helps us understand complexity as an evolutionary achievement. It focuses on three critical aspects of successful complexity management: the ability to quickly dimension, differentiate, and execute these skills.

This introductory course aims to introduce the fundamentals of effective complexity management. Participants will learn how to analyze and enhance their complexity skills, which will significantly improve communication and effectiveness. By adopting C2M, individuals, teams, and organizations can gain valuable insights and capabilities to handle complexity, foster creativity, and make informed decisions in the short and long term.

This four-hour introductory course is based on 30 years of complexity and systems research. It is designed for individuals who not only want to talk about inclusion, diversity, self-organization, sustainability, greater adaptiveness, and development but also want to successfully put these concepts into practice.

Let’s schedule a call to arrange the introductionary seminar.

Complexity Management

Navigate and lead more effectively in complex landscapes

If you have sufficient abilities to react to the unexpected, planning for eventualities becomes a waste of time. 

Improvement Kata

Everyone, everyday and everywhere

A meta skill for greater adaptivness and superior results

Curiosity, inventiveness, problem-solving skills, and science are the fundamental building blocks of our civilization’s progress. However, today’s world presents us with increasingly complex challenges, and our traditional tools and methods are inadequate for addressing them.

We require new and innovative ways to adapt quickly to constantly changing environments and develop creative solutions to dissolve problems. However, this necessitates skills that are not restricted to specific solutions but are timeless, known as meta-skills.

By applying and practising the means of the Improvement Kata, we can cultivate a practical scientific way of thinking, which is a timeless and solution-neutral meta-skill. Get prepared to tackle the emerging and complex challenges of the 21st century.

  • Acquire a meta skill that lets you, your team or your organisation overcome even the most challenging obstacles
  • Adapt faster to new, unfamiliar situations and handle sudden changes with greater confidence
  • Develop skills which will save you a lot time and money on expensive courses, certificates, books etc.

Let’s schedule a demo and try the Kata yourself.

Online or Onsite. Make it your decision.

You will be trained, guided and coached by an internationally certified learning expert and co-organiser of KataCon Europe, Europe’s leading conference for scientific thinking.

  • KATA are easy accessible learning and practice routines based on only four steps
  • It provides you a way to teach yourself whatever you want to be able to
  • It comes with a logical clear and easy to understand process for learning
  • It contains a visual experience that guides you and let you understand your progress
  • It helps you establishing a psychologic safe environment for learning and development

Leading, orientating and developing in complexity

The Coaching Kata is designed for Next-Gen Leadership. It aims to sharpen the scientific coaching skills required for self-organisation, empowerment, self-determination, and adaptive innovation.

With the Coaching Kata, you will learn to navigate the complexities of our time and transform them into opportunities for creative development and success in your organisation.

Embark on a learning journey where e.g. enhanced efficiency in your value stream catalyses and frees up creativity, amplifying your organisational impact. As you navigate ever-challenging goals, we will hone your ability to foster innovation, resilience, and your learning and problem-solving skills.

Let’s create fertile ground for goal-oriented learning, setting the stage for you and your team to pioneer confidently and clearly in challenging times.

Experience the transformation as you:

  • Master the art of the Coaching Kata to unlock your team’s full potential
  • Lead and orientate with more confidence 
  • Create a motivating and supportive work environment for increased productivity, work satisfaction and innovation
  • Develop a learning organisational culture that acts reflectively, is constructive in dealing with new challenges, continuously improves and remains agile

Let’s schedule a demo and try the Kata yourself.

Online or Onsite. Make it your decision.

You will be trained, guided and coached by an internationally certified learning expert and co-organiser of KataCon Europe, Europe’s leading conference for scientific thinking.

Coaching Kata

The Essence of Next-Gen Leadership

No magic, just scientific

Sparking innovation, continuous learning and improvement are not rocket science. Anyone can do it! 

“Toyota is built on the scientific way of thinking…How do I respond to this problem? Not a toolbox. You have to be willing to start small, learn through trial and error ” – Hajime Oba

KATA Dojo

The gym for next-gen leadership

A neverending Masterclass for learning and development

The Dojo is a place that encourages the development of practical scientific thinking skills for creating an agile and learning organization. It provides a psychologically safe environment where leaders can improve their coaching abilities in a targeted manner, freely share experiences and obstacles, and test new ideas.

In today’s organizations, learning and adaptability are crucial development tasks. Therefore, it is essential to lead by example and practice what you preach, which is what the Dojo is all about.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts

To succeed in the long run and stay relevant in future markets, organisations must have the ability to evolve constantly. continually enriching themselves with new skills and knowledge to drive better processes and sustainable products. Only by doing so can they unleash the creativity and inventiveness necessary to survive and thrive in the future.

Achieving this requires an organisational system that enables leadership and employees to self-develop and facilitate goal-directed learning, empowering the organisation as a whole to achieve outstanding results.

Organisational capabilities that truly matter

The Management Kata is a purposeful concept for creating a strategically smart and tactically inclusive learning and working environment. An environment where everyone can participate, feels involved and challenged, enjoys learning and is motivated to work co-creatively towards long-term goals.

  • A modern framework for self-organisation towards ambitious and challenging goals
  • A motiavting learning and working environment that increases adaptability and continously improves vital results
  • A way to support future generations by developing a meta-skillset to drive innovations and dissolve today’s and tomorrow’s complex challenges

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and are serious about a sustainable transformation toward a true learning organisation contact me right away.

Management Kata

The smart learning and working environment

FAQ

The Toyota Kata is a deliberate and easy-to-practise exercise routine that leads to the meta-skill of practical scientific thinking.

KATA is a Japanese word for “a way of doing something”. In traditional martial arts, KATA are patterns of exercises that are passed on from master to student. In the first step, the focus is on a specific approach that must first be internalised before it can be taken further.

Starter Kata are simple, pre-defined and structured exercises that we use at the beginning to encourage a more scientific way of thinking through deliberate practice. Starter KATA help us to familiarise ourselves with this new way of thinking. In addition, they help us to develop a common way of thinking, speaking and acting, which is the prerequisite for mastering major challenges in a cooperative manner.

The Improvement Kata is the core of the Toyota Kata. It is a model for a systematic scientific approach to overcome obstacles on our way approaching a vision, strategic goals and challenges. The model consists of four main steps: Understanding the goal or direction, grasping the current condition, defining the next target condition, and iterating and adapting to obstacles on the way to the next target condition.

The Coaching Kata is the second routine within the Toyota Kata. It is a structure that helps business leaders, team leaders and teachers to facilitate scientific goal-oriented learning and to create a learning organisation. The Coaching Kata consists of targeted but open-ended questions that help learners better reflect on and master their daily and long-term challenges.

The Toyota Kata is the simplest learning routine that not only leads to continuous improvement and improved learning for individuals and the entire organisation, but also to greater agility, adaptability and innovative strength. Three essential factors in today’s complexity. In addition, we establish a psychologically safe learning environment in which everyone receives the opportunity to acquire the future-critical meta-skills of practical scientific thinking.

Each step in the Improvement Kata model corresponds to the pattern we follow in professional science. The main difference, however, is that professional science is more about dealing with things that already exist, while the Improvement Kata is more about finding innovative solutions to challenge we face or set up our selves – a goal directed way of learning. The latter makes it completely applicable to everyday life and therefore a practical everyday science.

The Toyota Kata is neither a Lean method nor a tool, but a practice routine that develops a meta-skill: practical scientific thinking. By practicing the Improvement and Coaching Kata, organisations, teams and individuals learn to deal with complex problems and challenges through iterative learning cycles rather than simply applying certain tools to known processes. With the KATA you invent your own tools, methods and approaches through experimentation.

No matter how we look at it, both Lean and Agile have their historical roots in Japanese style monozukuri (the art, science and craft of making things) and the systems thinking that emerged in the late 1940s, fuelled by cybernetics and operations research.

Underlying this is the ability to synthesise, i.e. to think scientifically about interrelationships and act accordingly. Along with the ability to deal with complexity, this is an ability that we have unfortunately lost due to complex adaptation mechanisms in industrialised society, and which we can now bring back to life with Toyota Kata.

Away from simple tool thinking, towards true innovation!

In todays dynamic and complex world practical scientific thinking plays a central role. It enables us to respond effectively to unpredictable change, continually deepen our understanding and find new, creative solutions. In an age where complexity and uncertainty have become the norm, practical scientific thinking becomes an indispensable meta skill.

As humans, we are prone to biases and tend to respond automatically to anything that falls outside our comfort zone. This is why learning something new can be a challenging and painful experience. However, we must remember that we will reap what we sow. Though change is never easy, we can hasten the process by seeking the guidance of a Coach to facilitate our learning.

To put it simply: No, you can’t just become a coach without mastering the basics first.

It’s essential to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals before trying to coach others. However, we shouldn’t let this discourage us from trying out coaching as soon as possible. The problem is that we often overestimate our abilities, which can lead to a focus on short-term efficiency gains through telling rather than facilitation of developing sustainable meta-skills.

To develop something sustainable, we need to internalize the basics with the guidance of an experienced coach and learning expert first.