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Toyota kata in Tennessee
Our implementation of Toyota Kata revolves around instilling a mindset of continual improvement and effective leadership. We focus on teaching the skills behind the solutions, developing routines that not only solve current problems but also prepare teams to effectively navigate future challenges. Our approach ensures that your organization remains agile, innovative, and ahead of the curve.

Implementing TMEP’s Toyota Kata involves:

  1. Vision and Direction Setting. Establish a clear direction or vision for the organization.
  2. Understanding Current Conditions. Assess the current state to identify areas needing improvement.
  3. Setting Target Conditions. Define clear, achievable goals for each improvement cycle.
  4. Iterative Problem-Solving. Advance toward target conditions through iterative steps, learning and adapting along the way.
  5. Cultivating a Kata Culture. Embed the Kata routines in everyday practices to build a resilient, adaptive, and continuously improving organization.


In an ever-changing business landscape, organizations often struggle to sustain competitive advantage and respond effectively to new challenges. Traditional problem-solving methods may fall short in navigating these unpredictable paths, leading to stagnation and missed opportunities for growth.

Developed by Mike Rother, Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership (TMEP)’s Toyota Kata program is more than a set of tools; it’s a transformative approach to management and leadership. It's about creating a sustainable system where teams are continuously engaged in improving their processes and skills. Based on research on how Toyota manages people, Rother formulated Five Coaching Kata questions to establish dialogue. The questions are:

  1. What is the target condition? 
  2. What is the actual condition now? 
  3. What obstacles do you think are preventing you from reaching the target condition? 
  4. What is your next step? What do you expect?
  5. When can we go and see what we have learned from taking that step?

By embracing the Kata approach, organizations can navigate through uncertainties and obstacles more effectively, fostering a culture of learning, adaptability, and relentless progress. 


Get started today!

  1. Contact a Solutions Consultant to discuss your opportunities or challenges.
  2. Together we will create a specific plan to accomplish your goals.
  3. Implement and sustain the recommended solutions for long-term success.