"Kaizen...What is Kaizen?"
One of the new “buzz words” (at least for me) during COVID is Kaizen which is a Japanese term meaning "change for the better" or "continuous improvement." It is a Japanese business philosophy regarding the processes that continuously improve operations and involve all employees. Kaizen sees improvement in productivity as a gradual and methodical process.
The concept of Kaizen encompasses a wide range of ideas. It involves making the work environment more efficient and effective by creating a team atmosphere, improving everyday procedures, ensuring employee engagement, and making a job more fulfilling, less tiring, and safer. It probably comes as no surprise to many of you that Toyota embraces this philosophy. To read more about Kaizen, please click here.
COVID has all of us searching for improvement. Like many of you, I have been doing more reading, Google searches and podcast listening to find the Kaizen that will work for my company. During this recent path of knowledge, I heard an interesting podcast from the Stream episode: Leadership Lowdown | Continuous Improvement Creates Continuous Success! by the Michigan Business Network, with Phil Sponsler, President of Jackson-based Orbitform, LLC. Phil takes us on his journey from his career start to his soon-to-be retirement and how he built the company. Have a pen handy as you listen to this Leadership Lowdown interview by Vic Verchereau to not only to pick up some words of wisdom but Phil also mentions a number of good reads you may want on your career bookshelf.
Enjoy this beautiful Fall weather and get in touch with your Marketing & Sales Executives to share your own “words of wisdom." Let us know how we can be of help to you! We have a Programs Committee working on ideas for upcoming events. Share with us ideas on how we can serve you, our member.
Be well and be safe.
Ann K. Bruttell, MSE Detroit President
Owner, Meeting Coordinators, Inc.
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