Leadership with Obeya is a way of working that harnesses the power of Obeya to address challenges at the leadership level. You see Obeya more and more in this way in Lean, Agile and traditional organizations.

Originally, the Obeya or large room was used to develop a car. But you can also extend this effective way of collaboration. What if your goal is not only to develop the car, but to realize the strategic goals of your organization?

Strategy often remains vague. Only 50% of people indicate that they can relate their daily work to strategic goals. So what are we doing every day? Making strategic annual plans seems like a seasonal obligation to dump piles of paper into a dusty filing cabinet.

“With the leadership with Obeya method, you turn your abstract strategy into something you can work with on Monday morning.”

5 Parts 

By translating the 5 tasks of leadership in organizations into concrete visualizations and activities in the Obeya and by applying principles derived from the success of Toyota, you get the Leadership with Obeya method.

What then are the five tasks of leadership according to this method?

  1. Lead successful strategies
    Creating clarity about the goal we want to achieve with the organization and what is needed for that.

  2. Improve performance
    Making visible where we are now in relation to the goal and where we want to go. In this way we make the goals measurable and/or noticeable.

  3. Deliver value
    Ensure that the organization works together to deliver the services, products and projects with maximum customer value and in an uninterrupted flow.

  4. Act & react
    Support the operation by being ready for change, requests and problems from all corners of the organization.

  5. Solve problems
    Realizing structural improvements by solving problems in a sustainable way in a sustainable way.

7 Principles

The Obeya is certainly not just about what's on the wall. In fact, this is only the result of the thinking and doing of the team. So what principles does the team apply in the Obeya when it comes to thinking and doing?

  • Thinking in systems and ownership
    Everything that matters at this level of the organization is on the wall and there is always someone there.

  • Visualize shared context and issues
    Together we learn to visualize our context so that we see it instead of making assumptions. The aim is to understand each other flawlessly, to share valuable context and thus to learn, but also to make visible where problems are and we have to set our priorities.

  • Develop people
    People are the driving force behind any successful organization. Developing ourselves and everyone around us is a  condition for sustainably better results.

  • Rhythm & Routine
    This is the critical success factor for a working Obeya. The obeya is nothing more than a life-size management report if we don't use it regularly and in the right way.

  • keep improving
    Improvement is the work. This conviction leads to continuous and thorough improvement through a structured approach by everyone. Finally we don't just talk about 'plan-do-check-act' anymore, we do it.

  • Go see for yourself
    Recognizing that reports are a selection and (limited) reflection of reality, we go to the shop floor and operation to see for ourselves what the context is where the figures come from. This helps to make good decisions based on reality.

  • Cascading & Connecting
    Any organization large or small is really just a large group of people who (should) work together at every level to achieve their ultimate goal. With this principle we ensure that the right people are quickly and well involved with matters that matter so that we can address the right problems and requests within a day from shop floor to CEO.

In our training courses you will learn more about the Leadership with Obeya method - how to use Obeya to successfully lead your organization.