The only thing of real importance that leaders do is to create and manage culture.”– Edgar Schein
Organization culture is a double edged sword that can either elevate an organization to world class status or reduce the most brilliant strategy to a recipe for disaster. Superior strategies, technologies and methods such as Lean, Kanban, Six sigma, etc fail without human systems to link effective leader with engaged employees. The Kaizen process when applied mindfully to organizational culture, has been proven to achieve this. Leader who create KAIZEN cultures enable their people to engage, innovate, adapt and sustain high performance.
KAIZEN should become the part of company culture. It emphasizes quality which needs gradual and perpetual improvement toward the pursuit of perfection. The basic principle of KAIZEN is a continuous engagement and continuous improvement of performance, products, and services; thus greater attention is paid toward the requirements of the customer. KAIZEN accentuates the engagement of each worker to the bigger picture concept and vision of the organization, so that they will identify themselves with the company, its culture, and objectives. The teams should believe and practice a KAIZEN working culture despite of industry and environmental change. KAIZEN helps enduring economic highs & lows, political turmoil, global market shifts, and many more potential challenges as it helps to embrace and create change. So if you are looking at Quality, commitment to Cost reduction, or Delivery performance create and manage KAIZEN Culture.
To know more on how to create KAIZEN culture refer Creating a Kaizen Culture book. It explains how to enable an adaptive, excellent, and sustainable organization by leveraging core kaizen values and the behaviours they generate.
The proven methods presented in this book will dramatically increase your chances of success in implementing a kaizen culture by closing the biggest gaps in the correct understanding of:
- WHAT KAIZEN CULTURE IS AND WHY WE NEED IT
- HOW EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE CAN PRACTICE KAIZEN EVERY DAY
- THE LEADER’S ROLE IN TURNING KAIZEN CULTURE INTO COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Real-world examples demonstrate kaizen culture in action at Toyota, Zappos, Virginia Mason, Medtronic, Lockheed Martin, Wiremold, and many other companies. Actionable advice from kaizen-driven CEOs, such as Arthur Byrne, is also included in this unique and practical guide.
Based on more than 50 years of combined experience from experts who have successfully used kaizen to lead real transformation in a wide variety of industries, Creating a Kaizen Culture reveals how to propel rapid and sustainable performance improvement. It provides a detailed and illustrated road map to organized kaizen implementation through kaizen events. Real-world examples demonstrate kaizen culture in action at Toyota, Zappos, Wiremold, and many other companies.