We've Been Wrong about Kaizen

Jun 27, 2023

In this video, I’m going to tell you why Kaizen does not mean continuous improvement! By the end of this video you’ll these 3-Key Facts about Kaizen:

  • Know what Kaizen Actually means
  • Understand the Kanji that means KAIZEN

  • And know the actual Japanese word that means continuous improvement


Over 30 years ago, Masaaki Imai released the book: ‘Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success’ (McGraw Hill).

  • Through this book, the term Kaizen was introduced in the western world. Today Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy.
  • Since introducing this term as a systematic approach for business improvement, companies that implement Kaizen have continually yielded superior results.

As we examine the Kaizen Kanji, we'll discover a much deeper definition that we all should be aware of and consider applying in our own lives.