What an amazing, incredible experience!
I’m so appreciative of meeting Mr. Yoshino, Mami-san and Mr. Tsukakoshi. Those conversations were extremely affecting and personally valuable. I love how many and how varied the visits and experiences were. The thought that went into our travels was always evident. Our learning experiences were clearly paramount in the planning. I cannot imagine the work that went into orchestrating those visits not to mention our travel, stays and food. I’m honored to have been a part of this trip.
The options for embarking on a study trip to Japan have expanded over the years but what stands out about Katie’s Japan Study Trip for me are three things.
1) We spent time touring a hospital, a school, and cultural spots — not just Toyota and their suppliers.
2) We spent time at a traditional inn, the Daruma Temple, and Shinto shrines, which enriched our understanding of the culture.
3) The group was well-balanced both internationally and in term of the mix of men and women. In a field dominated by men from the U.S., this mix led to broader level of intellectual exchange and a richer dynamic.
The fact that Katie lived in (and clearly loves) Japan gave her a keen appreciation for the culture we were experiencing. Her guidance on how to interact with our hosts was essential to the success of the tour. We left each person and location with the sense that they had been happy to meet us and we were better off for getting a chance to know them, their people and their organization. Katie has wonderful connections and has built strong relationships with amazing human beings like Mr. Yoshino and the rare female leader like Nami-San. I left Japan with a greater sense of respect for people and I’m determined to keep that with me.
– Elisabeth Swan, Managing Partner, GoLeanSixSigma.com (USA)