Kaizen Philosophy

Wikipedia definition:

Kaizen (Japanese for “improvement”) is a Japanese term that has been adopted into English. Kaizen refers to a philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement in manufacturing activities, business activities in general, and even life in general, depending on interpretation and usage. (click here for the full article)

My definition:

Continuous improvement, one (seemingly) small step at a time

or

small steps | big changes

I have been living by the “Kaizen” philosophy in both life and work for the past eight years. In my MBA program in 2005, I did a case study on Toyota and found out they use a Japanese philosophy throughout their entire business structure – the Kaizen philosophy. At that point I began to see the similarities between my personal philosophies (about life, work, etc.) and the Kaizen philosophy, and how I can get out of my own way in order to finally accomplish the goals I set for myself.

I use the Kaizen philosophy in my consulting sessions, especially when you are looking to add a habit, get rid of a habit, or get to the bottom of why you aren’t where you want to be in your life.┬áThe goal is that you get everything you want out of life without getting in your own way.

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