I first came across this Japanese word 6 or 7 years ago whilst working for Ingersoll Rand. I was involved in their Lean Six Sigma improvement program which sought to break down every process within the company’s operations, seeking ways to cut down on production costs, spend less time on the production cycle and eliminate or at least reduce to the barest minimum, operational clogs in the company’s ‘wheels of progress’.
These proposed changes like any in our personal lives, requires that one goes through some pain. The more impactful the change, the more the pain – just ask any mother-to-be; but the result is usually a positive one.
Change though, does not have to be painful to be effective if carried out in tiny baby steps. Imagine walking up a hill at the lowest acute angle possible compared to walking up another with the highest acute angle possible. The former will be achieved much later than the latter but is less painful; the latter a lot more painful. The same objective of change would have been accomplished by the time the summit is reached.
I’m sure thus far, without defining the Japanese term kaizen, you at least have a good idea what it means and entails. So why not do the same for your personal life and then your business; surely, there is room for improvement? There is always room for improvement for there is no such thing as perfection; you can always do better 🙂 Ask for feedback from friends, family and business associates; I’m sure they’ll have some valuable tips.
If you have been reading this blog recently, you would have noticed that I have made some changes with the aim of reaching out to more readers – especially those who resonate with me on the thoughts I have expressed on this site since its inception, or should I say conception: there I go again with another birthing metaphor 🙂
Imagine where you’d be in life and and how much more productive your business will become by December 31st this year if you commit to little daily improvements! I bet you’d be surprised!
I would love to hear from you; what do you think I could do to improve my blog?
To your massive success!