Shuhari is a concept in martial arts that can be applied to various learning processes, including workplace training and development. It describes the stages of learning and mastery and is divided into three distinct phases: Shu, Ha, and Ri. The concept of Shuhari originates from Japanese martial arts and has a rich historical background. Although not precisely dated, its roots can be traced back to traditional Japanese arts and culture, including practices like tea ceremony, calligraphy, and various martial arts.
Shuhari and Toyota Production System
“We build people before we build cars.” This saying says a lot about priorities, cultural values, and the Toyota Way. Shuhari has significant relevance and connections to the Toyota Production System (TPS), a highly influential methodology in modern manufacturing and business practices. Toyota, known for its innovative and efficient production system, embodies principles that resonate with the stages of Shuhari.
Questioning yourself – foundation of TPS
The philosophy of Shuhari
The philosophy of Shuhari, therefore, is deeply intertwined with the principles and practices of the Toyota Production System. It underlines the journey from learning and adhering to standards, through critical reflection and improvement, to achieving a level of mastery that fosters innovation and continuous development. Toyota’s success and global influence in manufacturing and beyond can be partly attributed to its embrace of this progressive learning and development philosophy. Shuari means:
- SHU” (“protect”) – it concerns learning under the supervision of a master (TWI training),
- „HA” (“break”) – a precise reflection of the standard work (work under supervision/control)
- „RI” (“freedom of creation”) – an endless cycle of improving the standard (Kata Improvement and Kata Coaching).
Over 30 years of experience in Lean Management. He is a psychologist, consultant, trainer, coach and management mentor. He was a Regional Director in leading organizations in the financial industry and participated in the creation of HR and management projects implemented jointly with the consulting BCG Company. Specializes in the development of people, leaders, teams and organizations in the VUCA environment.