Kaizen

The Japanese have a philosophy known as kaizen. It has to do with making small improvements to something everyday. If you are able to improve your technique in tennis by 5% each day, then by the end of 20 days, you will have made vast improvements.

As part of my job, I have to repeat my presentations to different clients. Each time I present, I will improve it by a little, and using this idea of kaizen, I find myself being able to grasp the time better, and I am able to link my points better with each presentation.

That’s why parents love to nag at their children to play the piano everyday and practise the scales. The more you practise, and by improving 5% everyday, you get better quickly.

The people at Toyota did the same thing, and their cars are well known in the world. They constantly improve little things that appear to be unnoticeable in short term, but they all add up.

So, think of something you can add incremental changes everyday. It’s easier than making a huge change at one go.

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2 Replies to “Kaizen”

  1. Indeed kaizen is a great way to improve yourself. I have implement lean or kaizen for Fortune 500 companies and every time, there’s huge improvement. Most important thing on self improvement is to take the FIRST step to do it.

    Check out my video on Personal Kaizen in http://SynerflexConsulting.com/success/
    and give me your comments. Nice to meet you.

  2. Hi Andrew, nice to meet you. I totally agree that we must take the first step to do it. Many times, people talk only, and do not take any action.

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