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KAIZEN – Do’s & Don’s

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  1. Discard conventional, fixed ideas.
  2. Think of how to do it, not why it cannot be done.
  3. Do not make excuses, start by questioning current practices.
  4. Do not seek perfection. Do it right away, even if only 50 % of target.
  5. Correct it right away, if you make a mistake.
  6. Do not spend money for Kaizen, use your wisdom.
  7. Wisdom is brought out when faced with hardship.
  8. Ask WHY five times and seek out root causes.
  9. Seek the wisdom of ten people rather than knowledge of one.
  10. KAIZEN ideas are infinite.


  1. I am too busy to study it.
  2. It’s a good idea but the timing is premature.
  3. It is not in the budget.
  4. Theory is different from practice.
  5. Isn’t there something else for you to do?
  6. I think it doesn’t match corporate policy.
  7. It isn’t our business; let someone else think about it.
  8. Are you dissatisfied with your work?
  9. It’s not improvement, its common sense.
  10. I know the result even if we don’t do it.
  11. I will not be held accountable for it.
  12. Can’t you think of a better idea?


Author: Kaizen Institute - India!

Kaizen Institute – India is part of the Global Kaizen Institute operations. Kaizen Institute was established by Sensei Masaaki Imai, the GURU of Kaizen. He wrote the 1st book 28 yrs ago and that is when it all started . We operate in 30+ countries today and have over 400+ coaches helping more then 600 organizations Learn, Apply, Sustain – Kaizen/ Operational Excellence. In India we have two physical offices – Pune & Ahmedabad and 27 coaches in all.

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