Kaizen is a Japanese term referring to continuous on-going improvement. Kaizen comes from two Japanese words kai (change) and zen (good) and is a philosophy that advocates for continuous self-improvement in all aspects of life. The Kaizen principle, when applied to business, helps for creating a good work environment that is continuously modelled for the good of the organization or business and members. How can you apply Kaizen in your life and within your business? There are always opportunities to get better and being on the lookout on how to get better will always be beneficial in the long run.
- You never stop getting better: There is always a chance to get better, and so you never stop trying to be a better version of yourself and this is why one should focus on constantly improving their lives.
- Take responsibility for your improvement. You need to be intentional about improving yourself, identifying the areas that need more work and putting in the work more than just talking about it.
- Developing new habits and dropping old habits ensures that we are always getting better by getting rid of the habits that we picked up but no longer serve us.
- Do not be limited: There is no limit to getting better and you should not place limits on yourself. You can always get better, gain new skills and form new habits.
- Making corrections in areas of your life that you realize needs correction is part of getting better. When you know better, you do better.
- Listening to people: Encouraging people to speak up gives ideas on what can be worked on and made better especially in a business environment.
- Trial and error: Embracing trial and error means that when new methods do now work out, you focus on other methods. New methods do not always work, and iteration is important till we find what works.
- First principles: Getting to the root of a problem ensures that you get lasting solutions. Using the Five Why technique allows you to easily get to the root of the problem. In this technique, you repeatedly ask why for the answers you get until you get to the root problem, and work on that problem as opposed to working on the surface problems.
- Economics: Knowing where to invest your energy and resources at any given time will ensure that you can invest in other matters when need be as opposed to getting overly invested in one aspect of running an organization and slacking in another.
- Learning from others: Talking to other organizations and individuals on what they are doing to get better gives you new perspectives and opinions on what you can do better in the journey to better oneself or an organization. This is why the Grand Connection is so powerful to support your business.
Continuous improvement accounts for a lot in the long run and you owe it to yourself to get better.