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We've Been Wrong about Kaizen

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.


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