Lead Change - Change Leadership




Global competition, technological changes, and a fast changing society create a constant flow of unpredictable threats and opportunities coming at us at an increasing pace. The necessity to continuously adapt, improve, and innovate is  crucial for every type of organization. In order to do so we should strive for a desirable longer term challenge. This will help us to keep focused on the things that are important and give direction to our endeavors. It will prevent us from taking arbitrary steps and fuel our motivation when things get tough by giving purpose to our efforts.

No Direction - No Improvement



In a constantly changing environment it is becoming more and more unlikely that solutions from the past will solve the problems and challenges of today and tomorrow.

Unfortunately though we are used to making quick decisions and executing plans based on our past experiences.  

This is why it is important for individuals and teams to build the ability to be agile and experiment step by step rather than make assumptions and jump to solutions .

Companies will never be better than the ability of the people.


Motivation might be over-rated. Habits actually direct a large part of our daily lives. This is why we should make improvement and striving for challenging targets a self-evident part of every day.

everybody - every process- everywhere


Never the less people will only get active if they feel able and are allowed to take self-dependent action.

This is why we it is essential to change from managing and controlling to increasing peoples problem solving ability and giving self control through solution free coaching.

Self Motivation needs Self Control


“We need leaders that plant orange trees, not managers that quench the last juice from picked oranges”​





Practicing Toyota Kata helps to create a daily habit of continuous improvement and, especially, scientific thinking, which enables people to act in an agile way and reach challenging goals.




What is the long-term goal we are striving for? Understanding the Direction will help to keep us focused along the way. Daily business confronts us with an overwhelming amount of information and requests. Often we try to do everything believing the more the better. We have a great need to learn to focus on the important things. A long-term goal will also give purpose to our efforts and fuel motivation when things get more difficult.


Underlying mindset: Always strive for an inspiring challenge.

Grasp the Current Condition

Avoiding assumptions starts with getting the facts instead of relying on beliefs, experience, and the opinions of others. Do this first, do it always, and do it firsthand. Go and see.


Underlying mindset: Get the facts firsthand.


the next target condition

A long-term challenge often seems difficult, too big, and far-fetched. This can be demotivating and even prevent us from getting started. Slicing the challenge into smaller pieces, called Target Conditions, will help. A question to get started could be: Where do I want to be in four weeks regarding my longterm challenge?

Underlying mindset: Break big challenges into smaller parts and strive for one Target Condition at a time.

experiment toward the target condition

A good challenge always creates a dilemma between what we know and can do today and what we would like to be able to do tomorrow. This forces us to take steps into the unknown. As we do not know all the specific steps and solutions necessary to reach the Next Target Condition we cannot plan our path in advance. We have to find out and experiment towards the Next Target Condition, step-bystep. This will also prevent us from making big assumption based plans that fail badly on execution.

Underlying mindset: Experiment quickly to learn step-by-step.

Improvement Kata by Mike Rother - The Toyota Kata Practice Guide  - Toyota Kata Memory Jogger


I am a Management Trainer, Personal Coach and Keynote Speaker. I support organizations and managers to successfully lead change and continuous improvement.


Between 2006 and 2012, being plant manager at Festool GmbH, I introduced the Toyota KATA as main problem solving- and management-pattern. Together with my management team I established continuous improvement as a daily habit throughout  the plant.

This lead to winning the 2008 A. T. Kearny manufacturing competition „plant of the year“ and a second place in the WHU/INSEAD contest „industrial excellence award“ in 2011.


At Festool GmbH I also led the corporate development department introducing continuous improvement into all areas of the organization focusing on strategy deployment as well as continuous improvement in marketing, sales, services and R&D.


Before Festool I worked as project manager for optical measurement machines and hold a master of mechanical engineering in mechatronics.




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