Kaizen Wed, Mar 30, 2016
Kaizen is a concept that originated in Japan to help build back the economic infrastructure after WWII. Kaizen simply means “change for better.” It is a philosophy that focuses on constant improvement. It achieves constant improvement by making minor changes daily to help with an overall drastic larger change. This works by many people aligning their thought processes recognize and solve problems again and again.
To apply kaizen to any aspect of your life you follow these 4 steps:
- Plan- Find and define your problem
- Do- Implement the best solution
- Check- See if the solution worked the best
- Act- Standardize and implement your solution
- Repeat- Plan to your next problem, or reevaluate your current problem
Sound familiar? I think so, I think that we do this every day. We are constant innovators, we have a good thing, but with a good thing people can get comfortable and overlook obvious problems. Now I’m not saying we should be looking for problems, but if you’re doing something and you say to yourself “There has to be an easier way” you’re probably right. Call out the problem, well all find a solution together.