Small, incremental changes routinely applied and sustained over a long period result in significant improvements.
Identify opportunities quickly to eliminate waste in a targeted process and implement chosen improvements.
Tracking performance measures and ensuring that improvements are sustained, and not just temporary.
There are many different ways leaders would answer these questions. More importantly, how would your staff engaged in delivering your products and services, respond? Imagine if every employee, every day, considered how they could make a positive impact on these questions and sought ways to plan and continuously improve themselves and the day-to-day processes they execute? What would your organisation look like now?
Kaizen is a system that includes every employee who is encouraged to come up with small improvement suggestions regularly. In most cases, these are not ideas for major changes. Kaizen is based on making little changes regularly; always improving productivity, safety and effectiveness while reducing waste. This is not a once a year's discussion, Kaizen is continuous and therefore, the resulting improvements are continuous. Successful companies practicing Kaizen overwhelmingly highlight the importance of people "wanting to use Kaizen principles and a Kaizen mindset is crucial to success".
Identify key Kaizen principles and apply to your day-to-day activities.
Apply this new knowledge to ‘problems’ from the ideas identified.
Tools and techniques needed to conduct analysis of ‘problems’.
Ensuring continual improvement becomes standard practice.