Kaizen means improvement, continuous improvement involving everyone in the organization from top management, to managers then to supervisors, and to workers. In Japan, the concept of Kaizen is so deeply engrained in the minds of both managers and workers that they often do not even realize they are thinking Kaizen as a customer-driven strategy for improvement This philosophy assumes according Imai that ‘’our way of life – be it our working life, our social life or our home life – deserves to be constantly improved’’.
Here are few principles that you can apply in your personal life :
- Never Stop – There is an area for improvement in everyone’s life, no matter how successful they are.
- Eliminate Old Practices – Let go of former habits, even if they seemed to have some benefit to you at the time.
- Be Proactive – Stop hesitating because of possible hurdles that you foresee, and move forward towards your goal.
- Don’t Assume New Methods Will Work – Just because something worked for someone else does not mean that it will necessarily work for you.
- Make Corrections – Recognise the areas in your life that can use improvement, and make relevant corrections to help you progress.
- Empower All Employees to Speak Up – Encourage your friends and family to make suggestions if they see things that you could work on.
- Crowdsource – Learn from other people and get some new ideas on things you can add to your routine to create continuous improvement.
- Practice the “Five Why Method” – By continuing to ask yourself “why?” you are likely to find the real reason behind a problem.
- Be Economical – Consider specific things you can save money on each week, and stop buying them.
- Don’t Stop – Never consider yourself to be finished. Improvement had no limits, and can be continued on an infinite level.
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