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A New Workshop from Norman Bodek: The Harada Method

ReflectionsMark’s Note: I’m sharing this material about a new workshop that my friend and mentor Norman Bodek is debuting in October… plus his writeup just makes for interesting reading. This is not an advertisement, it’s something I’m sharing out of my respect for Norman and his contributions to Lean and Kaizen education… and yesterday was his birthday!

Norman’s workshop info:

Please join me the week of October 3rd for a Harada Workshop on how to motivate and guide your associates to reach their highest human potential

“Virtually everyone can be successful in life.” – Takashi Harada

It is amazing what people are capable of doing if they can just believe in themselves and have a strong coach to support and guide them. I love to bicycle and was thrilled to watch the Tour De France and see what people are capable of achieving. Miraculously, I have discovered one of the greatest motivational teachers on the globe that developed a method to bring out the best from his students.

I want to teach you the Harada Method to be a great leader of people

Takashi Harada was a junior high school track and field coach in Osaka, Japan in the worst neighborhood with children who had very little confidence in themselves. However, he noticed that there were other track and field coaches in Osaka who consistently had winning teams. Through his studies and practice, he put together a winning method that brought 13 of his students to win gold medals in the national track and field competition. For the students, this was like winning the Olympics – they were the best athletes in all of Japan. His school also went from the lowest rated out of 380 to the highest for five years in a row.

Mr. Harada after 20 years as a coach took his method to industry where he has already taught over 55,000 people in Japan at 380 different companies including Kirin Beer, Uniqlo, Nomura Security, Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, Kanebo Cosmetics, and others. Mr. Harada is one of the best management consultants in Japan today.

I want to teach you what Harada taught me.

The Harada Method

The Harada Method teaches self-reliance, to clearly learn how to “stand on your own two feet.” People pick a central goal, develop a time frame and plan out how to go about achieving the goal. This in itself is not easy, for most people are reluctant to pick a goal. They do not want to fail. But, using the Harada Method, people see the advantage to have a personal goal that is linked to the corporation’s vision. They then can see the purpose and value of their new goal and, with your help, they work on a process to get there. Much like athletes striving to win a championship, employees write down their goals, write out a step-by-step plan to attain their goals, measure themselves against their goals and receive guidance and feedback. If people follow this plan, they will be absolutely successful. The Harada Method is now recognized as one of the most systematic ways to enhance human resource development.

With the Harada Method, you think of the purpose whenever you set a goal. Why do you want to earn $120,000 per year? Why do you want to sell 500 cars a month? Why do you want to be a better carpenter? Why do you want to be a corporate accountant? Why do you want to be a physician assistant?

Some of the things you will learn during the course include:

  1. How to use the Harada Method for yourself.
  2. How to use all of the Harada forms to set your own goals and teach others.
  3. How to set up a mentee/mentor process in your company and coach your employees on the method (coaching is vital to sustaining the process).
  4. What self-reliance is and why it is important to you and the competitiveness of your organization.
  5. The purpose and value of goal setting.
  6. The process of how to pick goals.
  7. How to trust your employees to make the right decisions for your customers and your organization.
  8. How to teach top management the value of the Harada Method.
  9. Why it is important to pick target dates, how to do it, and how to measure the process of reaching your goals.
  10. How to write out strong purposes and values to sustain your new efforts.
  11. How to analyze your past successes and failures.
  12. How to predict problems in the future and how to solve them.
  13. The importance of establishing new routines to break past habits.
  14. How to prepare a daily journal to schedule your work life and keep you focused on your growth goals.
  15. How to encourage and give feedback to your employees on their performance.
Here is a PDF with testimonials from students who learned the Harada Method: A Successful Path for Students of the Harada Method

Saving American Manufacturing

When I first brought Lean to America in the early 1980’s, Japanese managers taught us that Lean should not result in people losing their jobs, but American management didn’t get the message. In 2004, Steelcase leadership initiated Lean/kaizen training throughout the company and required all employees to get fit, to shed excess manufacturing capacity and implement Lean in manufacturing, sales and distribution. Last week, Steelcase announced that it was closing three plants in Michigan and moving the work to Mexico, eliminating 750 jobs. Sad, but true.

The only way to save American industry from stories like this one is to challenge every single employee to become great – to build their skills and capabilities. They must envision themselves as competing in the “Olympics.” When athletes prepare themselves for the Olympics, they give everything they have to improving to the highest possible level of skill and endurance. They set their growth goals, monitor their progress, work every day to expand their capabilities and work with a coach to help them make the necessary adjustments to stay on target. Everyone in the company needs to put in the same type of effort to make the company successful.

There will be two parts to the course: The first level will last three days and will give an in-depth introduction to the Harada Method. Attendees will be led through the Harada Method and receive all of the tools used to implement it.

The second part is to give you full certification, which takes an additional two days, will be limited seven people. Attendees will practice teaching and leading the Harada Method, and those who participate in this part of the course will receive a month of personal coaching from Norman Bodek to give feedback and answer any questions they might have.

Also included in the Course – Quick and Easy Kaizen

In addition to the Harada Method, I will also teach you how to establish or expand a Quick and Easy Kaizen process in your company. Quick and Easy Kaizen is a system to inspire and embed a spirit of continuous improvement in your company. With Quick and Easy Kaizen, employees come up with ideas to improve the workplace and implement them (with guidance from supervisors). It is not a burden on management because the employee is responsible for implementing the idea, not management.

Toyota has had the system in place since 1970 and other companies have also used it with great success. In 2005, for example, Gulfstream was receiving less than one idea per employee each year. They Last year, the same number of employees came up with over 34,000 ideas that saved Gulfstream millions of dollars. All the company had to do was ask the employees for ideas.

Your management wants you to implement continual service improvement, yet your workload is overwhelming and your team resources are stretched. How can you get everyone involved in improvement? The answer is Quick and Easy Kaizen, a program used for decades in many Japanese and American companies to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality. This session will teach you how to turn your staff’s unique expertise and knowledge into actionable improvements that the workers themselves can implement. You will also see how this quality program can be used in conjunction with methodologies like Six Sigma, Lean, and others.

-Daniel Lafever, Franciscan Alliance Information Services

The Quick and Easy Kaizen program implemented at Franciscan Alliance Information Services, where Quick and Easy Kaizen was implemented, has already saved the alliance $1.7 million.

Respect for People and Harada Method Workshop

  • Monday October 3rd, 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am to 1:00pm

The Certification workshop

  • Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday 8:00 to 1:00pm

Your instructor:

Norman Bodek:

  1. I have attended four workshops in Japan with Mr. Harada and am currently co-authoring a book with him.
  2. I was on the cover of Industry Week last December with Michael Dell and others as a member of Industry Week’s Hall of Fame.
  3. I can honestly tell you that the Harada Method excites me as much as anything I learned from Dr. Shingo or Mr. Ohno. Please join me this October to find out why.
  4. I have published 250 books on management and written five. I often keynote management conferences, consult with organizations and currently teach at Portland State University.

Jeremy Green, PhD. and Will Hutchens will assist me at the workshop

To register call 360-737-1883 or email bodek@pcspress.com.

Workshop Details:

  • The Respect for People Harada workshop will be run at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201; 1-503-226-7600, from Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7. You will receive a full set of slides, copies of all teaching material and editable copies of the Harada forms. The first three days cost $2,500.00
  • The Certification workshop – last two days is designed for you to learn the information, to present the slides, and to be coached to improve your delivery style. You will receive one month of personal coaching from Norman Bodek. The certification workshop extension costs an additional $2,000.00
  • You will be able to use the concepts for yourself and to teach them at your current facility. If you go to another location, you will agree to pay PCS Inc. – Harada $2,000 per location.
  • If you are or become an independent consultant to teach the Harada Method, you will pay PCS. Inc. – Harada 15% of your gross income. (Harada charges 30% in Japan)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks are included. We have a special rate at the Marriott for $139.00 per night.

I hope you will take this unique opportunity to spend at least three days with me in Portland, Oregon. I will limit the number of attendees so please sign up early.

To reserve you spot at the workshop send an email to bodek@pcspress.com or call me at 360-737-1883. I will then invoice you or your organization.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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