Today’s dot is written by Dalton Reynolds from Hilbert College’s Leadership Applications class:
Recognized as an ancient Japanese philosophy, the word “Kaizen” promotes continual improvement everywhere. This can relate to work, life, school or relationships, but the key is to establish a goal, and grow daily in some aspect to achieve an objective. Introduced to the Japanese society following World War II, this philosophy allowed their community to rebuild through continual development.
The Kaizen mindset has been used for many years and it is apparent in many strategic planning methods. Toyota implemented this philosophy in order to grow into one of the BIG 3 car companies of Japan. In addition, their high quality and low cost reputation provided them with an opportunity to also compete in the United States. In another example, coaches implement the Kaizen philosophy in team training methods in order to decrease the likelihood of errors on the field and increase the success rate of quality appearances to produce wins.
When a group or team operates with the intent of achieving one goal, the opportunity to succeed increases tremendously. Implementing the philosophy of Kaizen into any organization allows every member to improve their skills and impact the company — from the most basic manufacturing process to executing plays on the field. In all organizations and team sports, Kaizen can be applied.
The likelihood of success improves through continuous improvement. Which of your goals could benefit from the infusion of Kaizen?