The kaizen approach
April 7, 2007 11:23pm CST
The technique is called kaizen, a Japanese word for an American business philosophy adapted to change behavior and attitudes. During World War II, American factory managers increased productivity by trying small, continuous improvements rather than sudden radical change. After the war, U.S. occupation forces brought that philosophy to a rebuilding Japan, which made it a cornerstone of the country's amazing economic rebound. The Japanese called it kaizen, which means "improvement." Maurer, who teaches at the UCLA and University of Washington medical schools, say he began studying whether the idea could help people who couldn't tackle big challengers. "Some of it is psychological, and some of it is just their overwhelmed lifestyles," he says. "They don't have the time to go to the gym and do all those other things we know are good for us. So kaizen seemed a logical thing to experiment with."
16 Aug 08
This is also means Changing for the Better KAI - means Change ZEN - means Good ( For the Better ) But you could only do KAIZEN if you are willing to accept the change but if you still live in the old paradigm then you cannot do KAIZEN The good thing in KAIZEN is that it can be done within an hour or days and these improvements don't need necessary resources or you don't need to spend a lot of money to do improvement. KAIZEN is easy as long as you are ready to accept the change.