iLead w/Straine — Continuous + Change

Published on January 2, 2015

Kaizen-Continuous ImprovementKaizen means gradual, unending improvement, doing “little things” better, setting and achieving ever-higher standards.

There are two elements that construct Kaizen (lacking one of these elements would not be considered Kaizen):

  1. Ongoing/continuous
  2. Improvement/change for the better

For instance, the expression “business as usual” contains the element of continuity without improvement. On the other hand, the expression “breakthrough” contains the element of change or improvement without continuity.  Kaizen must contain both elements.

Kaizen is like walking up a heaven-like staircase to perfection — each step taken is one step closer to higher quality goods and services, reduced costs, and satisfied customers. Keep going higher and don’t stop before you’ve reached your goals.

Masaaki Imai, the founder of Kaizen, says: “You can’t do kaizen just once and expect immediate results. You have to be in it for the long haul.”

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