By John Coleman • July 26, 2017

Feeling blocked ? Try a Systems Thinking Workshop

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Do you get the sense of silo thinking, fixed mindset, or "this is alway the way we've done things around here". You might be blocked. Perhaps, you can try a Systems Thinking Workshop, with a little help from the Toyota Way. I don't offer this as a service just yet. It's just something I do in my normal daily work.

Checkout our agilitity trainingsIn this article, I refer to just one format I use, and I'm sharing at a high level the resources associated with that format.

Day 1 - Value Stream Map

Day 2 - Beer game, Six Thinking Hats, Prioritize action

Days 3 & 4 - Toyota Kata experiments & Business Model Canvas iterations, agree a post-workshop Kata rhythm

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  • Attain common understanding of current condition, challenge & target condition
  • Unblock mental models
  • Open perspective to other models
  • Find a way forward
  • Make change part of normal daily work

Youtube Playlist



  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Beer game from MIT/Fifth Discipline
  • Six Thinking Hats (Edward de Bono)
  • Toyota Kata (Mike Rother)
  • Business Model Canvas (Strategyzer)


I get encouraged when  I hear my audiences say back to me a phrase from Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin  - "it's not what you preach, it's what you tolerate." We set standards but if we accept less, then that's the informal standard, the real standard.

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