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Coach or Tell -- Transform the Way You Lead Your Team
A Novel About Learning to Coach the Toyota Kata Way

  • Available for pre-order on April 5, 2023. Item will ship after April 26, 2023
ISBN 9780367362287
April 26, 2023 Forthcoming by Productivity Press
224 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Having a team that knows how to adapt and innovate quickly can make all the difference in these challenging and competitive times -- for your organization and you personally as a leader. Leaders as coaches are crucial for a true learning organization, and high-performance teams need and want their leader to coach -- not tell. But not just any kind of coaching! Coaching that is enabling and inspiring because it increases adaptiveness and creativity -- with each individual and the whole team -- so they achieve important goals together. That's what the Coaching Kata helps leaders to learn.

Take a fresh look at this five-phase, dual-purpose coaching model, become the leader you always wanted to be, and your team needs you to be. This business novel will transform the way you see and lead your team.

Table of Contents

PART I - Learning to Think Scientifically while Producing Results Chapter 1 - Another day, another crisis Chapter 2 - Getting to Work with Lean Chapter 3 – What’s our Challenge? Chapter 4 – More Pressure Leads & a Breakthrough in Thinking Chapter 5 – Getting Down to Kata Planning Chapter 6- Telling a Story on the Storyboard Chapter 7 - At Last, Experimenting! Chapter 8 - May the Coaching Lessons Begin PART II - Coaching as Learning Chapter 9 - Starting to Coach (with Some Struggles) Chapter 10 - A Little Japanese Cuisine, and a Lot of Learning Chapter 11 - A Coach for the Coach Chapter 12 - Spot-on Answers to Coaching Questions Chapter 13 - Digging Deeper into the Real Obstacles Chapter 14 - A Green Drink, and Fresh Look at Storyboards Chapter 15 - Obstacles and Experiments: It’s Complicated Chapter 16 - We Deliver Same Day Chapter 17 - Fun in the Learning Group? Chapter 18 - A Big Promotion…and a Bigger Crisis PART III - SCALING UP AGAINST THE ODDS Chapter 19 - A Confrontation, Then a Way Forward Chapter 20 - Denise Becomes a Motivational Speaker Chapter 21 - Preparing for Launch Day Chapter 22 - At Last: Grasping Current Condition Chapter 23 - Workshop Day 2: A Deeper Dive into the Current Condition Chapter 24 - Establishing Goals to set up the 3-1-1 Chapter 25 - Prepping for Fun with Puzzles Chapter 26 - Kata to Grow Exercise Chapter 27 - Welcome to the Coaching Dojo, Shoes off at the Door PART IV - Upping the Pace: It’s a Sprint and a Marathon to the Finish Chapter 28 - A Month Down the Road Chapter 29 - A Fleet of Coaches is Born Chapter 30 - If Only You Could Kata Your Love Life Chapter 31 - Victories and Setbacks Chapter 32 -The Grand Finale Chapter 33 - New Beginnings


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Tilo Schwarz -- Management Trainer and KATA Coach Tilo works as Management Trainer and KATA Coach and supports organizations and managers to successfully lead change and continuous improvement. In the past 15 years Tilo has focused his work on leading change and increasing target-orientated problem solving ability within teams and organizations. Between 2006 and 2012, being plant manager at Festool GmbH, he introduced the Toyota KATA as main problem solving- and management-pattern. Together with his management team he established continuous improvement as a daily working routine throughout all processes and areas of the plant. This lead to winning the 2008 A. T. Kearny manufacturing competition "plant of the year“ and a second place in the WHU/INSEAD contest "industrial excellence award“ in 2011. At Festool GmbH he also led the corporate development department introducing continuous improvement into all areas of the organization focusing on hoshin-kanri policy deployment as well as the areas of marketing, sales, services and R&D. Before Festool he worked as project manager for optical measurement machines and holds a master of mechanical engineering in mechatronics.