Hoshin is a core process for defining and creating annual objectives and developing people based on those objectives.

A research study published by Harvard Business Review* notes how leaders struggle more with executing strategy than developing it. This class provides a framework for executing strategy by engaging all levels of the organization. Especially when teams are operating remotely, it is critical to ensure alignment to shared objectives.

In this workshop we will be learning through a combination of instruction and peer-to-peer interaction. The instruction will be led by Laura Mottola, coach at LEI and founder of Lean Mining® Institute. This class will also feature appearances from Senior Coach Mark Reich, who spent seven years leading Toyota's North American hoshin process. <>p

Laura will lead participants in a simulation of a company’s hoshin process. This simulation immerses you in a situation, like real life, where you must make decisions, debate, and come to alignment. The primary learning is experiential with supporting course teaching of fundamental tools and examples. Much of the learning will occur in the simulation through peer-to-peer interaction. The process requires participation from all attendees throughout the 9 weeks.

*Sull, D., Homkes, R., and Sull, C. March 2015. Why Strategy Execution Unravels and What to Do About It, Harvard Business Review. Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.

Learning Objectives

Through the simulation, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the fundamental framework for hoshin kanri. 

  • Clarify conditions for successful execution of hoshin planning and alignment in an organization. 

  • Discuss how to build a structure of PDCA at individual and corporate levels.

  • Understand the relationship of hoshin planning and A3 problem solving.

Maximize peer learning as well as instructor time in an online environment that helps you to breakdown strategic planning using hoshin kanri.

As a society we have learned to connect with each other online. Live e-learning provides the same opportunity. By attending this remote workshop, you will be led by your instructor and simulation CEO one step at a time, allowing you the space & time you need to reflect and apply the learning along the way.  

What's Included?

  • 18 hours of live, online interaction
  • Feedback from facilitators and peers
  • Assignments between live sessions to begin applying the lessons
  • Opportunities to practice discrete skills with live feedback
  • Hoshin Planning (Strategy Deployment)

    Running Schedule

    The nine sessions are hosted over nine weeks with one to two hours of assignments in between.


    Week 1 – Live Class Friday, January 29 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 2 – Live Class Friday, February 5 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 3 – Live Class Friday, February 12 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 4 – Live Class Friday, February 19 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 5 – Live Class Friday, February 26 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 6 – Live Class Friday, March 5 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 7 – Live Class Friday, March 12 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 8 – Live Class Friday, March 19 11 AM - 1 PM ET
    Week 9 – Live Class Friday, March 26 11 AM - 1 PM ET


    Coaching & Office Hours:

    Our live classes include smaller break-out sessions in which you can receive coaching and feedback in a small group setting.

    Group Discounts

    Engage your whole team with our group discounts.

    2+ students $1,050.00 each


    Technology Used:  

    Please click here to run through our technology check before registering for this course. 

    • Communication Channel: All our documents and assignments will be hosted on a browser-based platform. By logging onto our e-learning website you will be able to view all related materials, announcements, and zoom links.  
    • ZoomWe will host our live meetings on zoom. You will receive an invitation with the meeting link.  
    • SharePointWe will use SharePoint as a collaboration space for the course. This will allow you to build hoshin materials with your simulation teams.  


    Cancelation Policy

    You can cancel your registration for online/live-streaming workshops at any time prior to the first workshop session for a full refund. Once you have attended a workshop session, you cannot cancel your registration. To cancel please call LEI at (617) 871-2900 or email registrar@lean.org.

    Instructor(s)

    Laura Mottola

    Laura Mottola is the President and CEO of Flow Partners Inc., a Canadian consulting company with operations in Chile, and Director of Great Lakes Graphite Inc., a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She is recognized globally as a leader in Lean Mining®, Mining Automation, Technology and Innovation in the natural resources sector. Laura is a mining engineer with a Masters of Engineering in Mining Automation from McGill University. A seasoned professional and business leader with more than 20 years of global experience in mining, Laura was named one of 100 most inspirational women in mining by Women in Mining UK. Laura is dedicated to Lean Thinking, Methodology, Lean Mining®, Innovation, development integration of concepts from other industries, and multidisciplinary approach strategies. She is a co-founder of the Lean Institute Canada and the founder of the Lean Mining® Institute. She is passionate about creating value, increasing productivity, social, environmental responsibility and teamwork in mining. Laura brings the multidimensional leadership and vision needed to generate dynamic and diverse opportunities in the mining sector Laura has personally worked with clients such as Yamana Gold, Sherritt International Corp., Goldcorp, KGHM International, Sierra Gorda S.C.M., KMC Mining, Rio Tinto Technology & Innovation, IAMGold, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Alcoa, Syncrude, Suncor, Cambior, Inco, was a council member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and currently is the Leader of the Integrated Operations Working Group for Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group.

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