I spent the first part of this week in Riverside, California at the Global Lean Leadership Summit hosted by Rick Eglin of Fireblast Global and Angel Sanchez of Phenix Technology. The second part of the week I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan attending the Kata Dojo, presented by Tilo Schwarz. Both events were devoted to developing people.
Training is for individual contributors
An oft repeated message from the Global Lean Leadership Summit was that Lean is about developing people. This is probably nothing new to readers of this blog. There was a similar message at the Dojo.
An interesting difference between the two events seemed to be that the GLLS was about leaders developing individual contributors. The Dojo was about developing coaches (leaders).
Leaders often struggle
I’ve long held the opinion that Lean is leadership–a very specific method of leadership. It is a skillset, and it’s one that leaders often struggle with. These skills must be deliberately taught, practiced, and continually improved upon.
Where do leaders go to learn and practice?
Tilo made an interesting point regarding the purpose of the Dojo, which was that we provide training to individual contributors and create spaces and exercises for them to learn and practice. While managers have access to advanced learning, there is rarely a place for them to go to develop and practice leadership and coaching skills.
Dojo: A place to find a better way
Imagine the possibilities of having a safe space to for leaders to learn, practice, and improve their skills in the area leading others.