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Kata in a Year: Aware…Do…Teach

We will share the first chapter of our organization’s journey to globally deploy the improvement and coaching kata in an effort to create an army of scientific thinkers that embed striving and learning into their daily work. The outcomes and learning from navigating the path of uncertainty to achieve this include:

  • building coaching capacity through kata skill camps, daily practice and master coaching,
  • developing of Advance Groups to guide site and regional level skill development and deployment,
  • aligning US and European deployments that were initiated by different external coaches, and
  • creating awareness and commitment with leadership and across the organization.

We will share how these building blocks have been essential to changing the culture to accept small failures as learning opportunities, how the kata routines provide a means to achieve tough organizational goals, and the obstacles that we are still working to overcome to assemble our army.

Nathan Sylvester

Nathan Sylvester is the Senior Manager of Americas Sourcing, Learner and Coach at Kennametal Inc., a global manufacturing company that delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. Nathan has been leading lean efforts from the shop floor to the global supply chain since 2007. After attending KataCon 2 in 2016, he led a team to introduce Kata across the organization. He earned his MBA from East Tennessee State University and BS in Management and Operational Excellence from Saint Vincent College. Nathan is an avid long distance runner, outdoor enthusiast and family man with three young children. He resides in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.