Norman Bodek


The Harada Method Certification workshop – The World’s Best Method to Develop People to Their Fullest Capability – June 15th, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel Waterfront In Portland, Oregon

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When Shohei Otani was a sophomore at high school in Japan he was trained on the Harada Method.  At the time, he wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher with a goal to pitch at 99 miles an hour.  He worked out precisely the method indicating the tasks he had to perform for the next three years. After graduation from high school, he was the first picked player into the major leagues. Last year, his first, he had a 14-4 record, earned run average was 2.61, batting average was 274 and he hit 10 home runs. November this year, his second in the majors, he was clocked at 100 miles an hour, the fastest ever in Japan and was rewarded with a million dollar contract, also a first for a new player.  YES the Harada Method works.

Question: What is so different about the Harada Method from all of the others?

Answer:  It is really the first comprehensive process to help you pick a success goal, determine your exact purpose, analyze your strengths and weaknesses, write 64 tasks to attain your goal, select out the 10 tasks to get started, monitor daily your implementation of your tasks and learn how to work with a coach to insure you stay on target.  Harada has taught 60,000 people in Japan and we only scratched the surface in West.

Read what others have said about the workshop:

“Thank for you such a wonderful week. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher and human being.” – Steven Mitchell, Melbourne, Australia

  1. “It is a great method for top managers who want to be a coach, leading leaders.  The workshop was inspirational to change my life now, in full.” –  Artur Woźniak, CEO, AB Klar Glass, Poland
  1. “This workshop is wonderful.  The week was filled with humor, challenges, networking, teaching and learning.  It exceeded my expectations.  The Harada Method and this workshop is what healthcare needs in order to continue to develop and sustain the “Triple Aim”: Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); Improving the health of populations; and Reducing the per capita cost of health care. Thank you for this gift.” –   Paige Perry, Practice Manager, Internal Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University.
  1. Flying 15 hours was worth it: I come back with a lot of energy keeping me moving and so many intellectual stimulations.  The Harada Method will change my life and the lives of people around me” Federico Borra, consultant, Milan, Italy

“The Harada Course was definitely the most valuable thing I have ever attended. The Method ties Deming, Lean and Coaching together into a powerful success methodology – that I am convinced of! Such a great pleasure to have come.  Enjoyed every single moment.  Had several moments of true enlightenment.  Worth every single $.  You are a great enrichment to the world.”Kai Raedisch, Senior Consultant with Vollmer & Scheffczyk in Hannover, Germany

“Thank you for the gift of Harada.  What I received this week has been so much more than a method of accomplishing goals.  I have received a way to change my life, the lives of those around me and the world.  You have demonstrated so gracefully how to learn something new and change immediately.  You helped me challenge my own beliefs.  Most of all you showed me unconditional love.  What a gift! This is the core of the Harada Method, the ability to truly see others greater than they see themselves.  I have the deepest respect for you.  I want to thank you for bringing the Harada Method to the English speaking world and to me. It is changing my life dramatically for the better.” Jimmy Burds, CEO, Colographic Inc., Commerce City, CO

“The Harada Method is a unique tool with which you can plant the seeds in order to create a strong culture. The combination of individual goals, service to society, and daily routines is the key to success. And which executive manager doesn’t like the idea that every employee is successful and highly motivated? I think the Harada Method should be part of leader standard work. Norman, thank you for this wonderful workshop. It was a great learning experience.” Micha Harzenetter, Vice President, AL-KO Axis Inc.

“This is a life-changing agent learning experience.  Many thanks Norman to bring this methodology to the English world.  This workshop is the best in my life, it clarified all wonders and understood the extreme power of this methodology.  It gives me more excitement of accelerating changing towards a human intrinsic approach to achieve business goals, absolutely every-body wins.” – Kennie Yallop, Stay in Business, Ltd. (UK) 9 May 2014

“The Harada Training was a very powerful training session that will have a positive impact on my life for years to come. A couple of key take a ways from the training was that the Harada Training is a great method for every individual in an organization to identify their individual and company goals and provides a discipline approach to achieve their goals thru self development, coaching and mentoring others. Norman is an extraordinary man that has a wealth of knowledge, and real life experiences. He is one of the most inspirational people that I have ever met. It was a pleasure spending the week with him. I am truly grateful that I have Norman as a mentor.” – James Means, Six Sigma Black Belt trainer, Waukesha Bearings Corporation

“I have attended many leadership development programs in my 30 plus year career.  This one is truly transformational at a personal and professional level.  This program delivered the expected and the most wonderful unexpected. Norman you are the “Johnny Appleseed” of Harada.  What you have planted in me is powerful.”  Eric Diel, consultant, JP Morgan Chase

“It was my honor and pleasure to participate in the Harada Workshop last week. The experience was truly life changing. Incredible experience. I have to tell you that using the Harada tool has increased my productivity by ten!  Really.   I feel great; mentally and physically. I feel “supercharged”.   Norm Wolstein, consultant

“This was one of the best weeks of my life. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it.” Ken Sontag, Chairman, Norscan Instruments Ltd. – Winnipeg, Canada

“My impression is that the Harada Method is a jewel. It’s simple, but very well structured. Definitely the trip from Spain has been worthwhile!!” Rafael Lucero, Valencia, Spain

“Well worth the time and the investment. Love Norman stories.  Norman may want to think of who will carry on this important work in the distant future. Train a disciple – be intentional about this.” Richard Klassen. President, Enduron / Custom Inc. Winnipeg, Canada

“This workshop is a very good workshop and it really touched me deeply in my emotions. This concept has the potential to change the world. It is very powerful in that it really gets down to building one’s character. It is not a concept that you learn like algebra or a language. It is a character-building concept that deals with the basic core of who and what you are and what you want to be in the future.

The part on the coaching has the potential to really help expand my ability to help others. This is one of the real good take always from this workshop. This has the potential to be a life-altering workshop for me. I have never come home from a workshop and immediately began reviewing and writing like I have from this workshop. Norman, you are a great teacher and a great storyteller.

This is one of the greatest messages of our time! I hope it never dies and only becomes stronger as more voices chime in and make it stronger and better. I know my voice will be heard, strong and in the forefront of my community. Thanks you so much!” Steve Hatch, Consultant

“Norman Bodek has a long history of bringing the best of management thinking to the West and here is yet another significant contribution he is making to business and the broader community with the Harada Method, the world’s best concept on day-to-day management. The comprehensive and powerful approach Takashi Harada has taken to setting and achieving personal and business goals is brilliant and after attending the Certification Workshop, I’m not only using the approach myself but keen to teach, lead and coach other Australians in the method.” Brenton Leitch, Managing Director, Learning and Productivity

What is so unique about the Harada Method?

The power of sports taken to business

The Harada Method takes the power of coaching and teaching great athletes into the workplace.  This method will sharpen your skills, your mind, your body, and your spirit. When you have a clear goal and can visualize your self becoming the best, everything starts to fall in place for you.

The essence of the Harada Method is what we call “self-reliance.” Self-reliance is the ability of each person to become highly skilled – to be the absolute best at some discipline. People who are self-reliant can be trusted to make responsible decisions for themselves and for the organization they work for.

This certification workshop takes you through all of the principles, all of the steps and then you get up and teach the class.  You learn; you experience your learning; you teach others and you also practice being a coach/mentor.  It will give you the tools to set up a mentor/mentee process in your organization.

The Harada Method can make you a great leader.

It takes the right tools to be a champion, and the Harada Method is a proven system for helping people achieve success. Takashi Harada was a track and field coach at the worst school in the most deprived neighborhood of Osaka, Japan.  Using his method, his students reached the pinnacle of success, winning 13 gold medals at the national track and field competitions.  They became the best athletes at their age level in all of Japan. His school went from the worst and became number one out of 380 schools for twelve years in a row. How did Mr. Harada do it? He challenged the students to become winners.  He got them to believe in themselves. He got them to believe that in spite of all the odds against them that they could do it. Then he gave them the tools and training they needed to reach their goals.

Mr. Harada recognized that the principles used in sports would also bring success to companies. His innovative system has now been taught to over 60,000 people at 280 companies in Japan. It was selected by a group of teachers and senior managers at the Japan Management Association as the world’s best system to develop people to their fullest capabilities.


Norman Bodek is the president of PCS Inc., a publishing and consulting company in Vancouver, Washington. In 1979, he started Productivity Inc.  and Productivity Press and published hundreds of management books on productivity, quality, and Lean manufacturing. He teaches at Portland State University, and teaches to industry all over the world.  In January, he taught at Festo in Stuttgart, Germany, and ran three workshops in Madrid, Seville, and Valencia Spain. Norman is both a winner of the Shingo Prize and also a member of the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame. He is a frequent keynote speaker.

Terms of the Courses

June 15 – 19, 2014 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Portland, Oregon, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon.  To receive a special room rate of $189 call reservations at 877-901-6632.  Make sure you mention you are attending the Norman Bodek – Harada Workshop so are given the discounted room rate.   Here are some more details

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