NEWSLETTER / NOVEMBER 2017
Enterprise-Level Training

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We recently updated our Enterprise Training page to show how our content is available in multiple languages and with various access methods including integration into your own Learning Management System. More information:

Upcoming Videos
Kata Course
School of Lean

We will soon be releasing a new course on Kata, combining studio-based instruction with real-world examples at a major aircraft company.

This could be the most powerful Gemba Academy course. Kata will help your organization define the desired end state, obstacles to achieving that state, and how to run experiments to methodically move toward that desired state. Therefore, it can be used in all areas of an organization, from project management to employee coaching.

New Podcasts
Ep 189:
How to Use Kata in Healthcare
Guest: Brandon Brown
Brandon Brown delivers a moving keynote on the power of kata.
Ep 188:
How to Understand the Components of Kata
Guest: Brandon Brown
Brandon Brown breaks down the components of kata.
Ep 187:
How to Leverage Improvement and Coaching Katas
Guest: Mark Rosenthal
Enjoy a sneak peak of our upcoming kata course with Mark Rosenthal.
Ep 186:
How to Transition into Different Lean Roles
Guest: Jess Orr
Jess Orr explains her decision to leave Toyota and how she's implementing lean at her new company.
New Blog Posts
15 Lean Failure Lessons from Software Development
by Jon Miller
Part 1 of a 3 part blog series in which Jon breaks down why lean transformations fail.
The Multi-Faceted Power of Walking
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin explains his passion for walking.
Do This and Lean Success is Far More Likely
by Ron Pereira
Ron describes how the scheduling tool Calendly has helped him.
Happy Thanksgiving
by Steve Kane
Steve shares a special message from all of us at Gemba Academy.
Customer Success Corner

One of the challenges of Lean transformation is changing habits. The way any organization operates becomes a collection of systems, which then become habit. The same is true of the way we, as individuals, work or handle anything else in our daily routines.

Changing from a non-lean practice or habit to a lean one can be difficult. Here are some quick tips to begin making change.

  1. Focus on yourself. Changing others is beyond your control.
  2. Commit to improving only one lean at a time. Begin each day briefly reviewing the practice you are working to improve. Decide when and how you will take a small step that day to improve that practice.
  3. Reflect on what you've learned about the practice at the end of each day and consider opportunities to further improve. Acknowledge your errors and then forgive yourself. Celebrate your successes.
  4. Repeat this daily until the practice has become unconscious habit. This is the hard part and where real commitment comes into play.

Consistently working at it every day is key. The daily repetition is what it takes to both learn quickly and to make it stick. At the same time your practice will be an example for others to follow.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Events
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
TWI and Kata Summits
19-23 February, Atlanta

Lean Frontiers is presenting their annual TWI and Kata Summits back to back in Atlanta, Georgia, making it easy to immerse yourself in either or both of these great topics.

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