The Spirit of Kaizen by Robert Maurer

The Spirit of Kaizen

Discover the power of KAIZEN to make lasting and powerful change in your organization"Maurer uses his knowledge of the brain and human psychology to show what I have promoted for the past three decades--that continuous improvement is built on the foundation of people courageously using their creativity. Kaizen is much more than a world-class management practice; it is a technique to remove fear from our mind's mind, enabling us to take small step...

Details The Spirit of Kaizen

TitleThe Spirit of Kaizen
Release DateNov 1st, 2012
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Education
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Self Help, Leadership, Productivity

Reviews The Spirit of Kaizen

  • Maciej Nowicki
    The Spirit of Kaizen talks about the continuous improvement process. Generally speaking, its about taking many tiny steps over an extended period of time which lead to huge results. It is more than Six Sigma where some companies may have conducted improvement projects a few months ago and now they might take it easy thinking maybe in a couple of months from now we are going to take a look at something new. Kaizen is self-discipline and the commit...
  • George Girton
    Short: loads of fun :-). Several really great ideas. Chief among them the human mind cannot avoid considering the question once posed, no matter how small. It is not necessary to answer the question but merely to put it out there.o
  • Kevin Patton
    While brainstorming and searching online for a better approach to achieve my goals this year, I stumbled upon the Japanese word Kaizen. Its a simple concept that weve all heard before - taking many small steps over an extended period of time leads to big results. Ever since discovering this word, I have been making a conscious effort to incorporate this approach while trying to create a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. This book is perfec...
  • Bob Wallner
    I don't often give 5 stars to a book, but spirit of Kaizen definitely deserves that grade.When I purchased this audiobook I was assuming it would be another lean book that reviews the 8 waste, making dramatic changes, and other things closely associated with Toyota production system.How wrong I was! This book is 1 part psychology, 1 part neuroscience, and 1 part common sense. Other than a couple small examples Toyota production system and lean ar...
  • Kevin Orth
    I'm not a fan of big, huge, in your face, larger than life. This book affirms my bias for smaller, quieter, incremental, bite size adjustment, change, and improvement.Tremendous, earth shattering, ground breaking, mountain moving improvement is possible - the way we get there is one small step at a time. We are more assured success in our big initiatives when we focus on the means, small details along the way, and make changes in tiny increments.
  • Valerie
    Great introduction to the essence of Kaizen.
  • James Thompson
    This book has the distinction of being the only book I have ever purchased 5 different times. As a creative professional, I was introduced to the agile methodology through what is called SCRUM. I despised it, and pretty much everything about it as a very narrow sited solution to a very particular group of professionals of which I was not. However, it was my current companies mandate, that we transition to SCRUM. I looked and looked for books that...
  • Michael Kerr
    Kaizen, a Japanese word meaning "good change" is a business concept centred on continual positive improvement. The genius is that the change being talked about is small, incremental, and non-threatening. Big change triggers panic or fear and leads to paralysis. It's hard to get an organization or individual on-board for a big frightening change. Kaizen, by contrast, focuses on the tiny step in the right direction. And it is surprising where those...
  • Gavin Morrice
    This book is aimed at managers and business execs but anyone can benefit from applying the practice described inside.It teaches a rational, scientific approach to solving problems by:- breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks- training the brain to start thinking of solutions by asking the right kind of questions- allowing us to stay creative, simply by reducing the stress that inherently blocks creative thoughtWill definitely read...
  • Pctrainer98
    One small step... The idea of making very small changes to have a LARGE impact is empowering to me. I listened to it twice before it was due. I believe the Tipping Point will have a similar bend. Looking forward to listening to it soon.
  • Forest Collins
    The premise behind the Spirit of Kaizen is not new. Basically, the idea is that small actions, done regularly, can have large consequences. You know: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"But Kaizen goes further than just reaffirming the idea that large achievements are made up of a lot of small actions. Maurer opines that it is, in fact, better to take small, manageable steps towards larger goals to prevent our fear factor from imp...
  • Li Li
    This is a very quick read. Most of the concepts are not net new. The one I learnt is around mind sculpture, derived from guided imagination. Mainly it's visualization.When you need to make a change, there are two basic strategies you can use: innovation and kaizen. Innovation calls for a radical, immediate rethink of the status quo. Kaizen, on the other hand, asks for nothing other than small, doable steps toward improvement.Dealing with difficul...
  • Alexandria Blaelock
    You can have big scary innovative change, or you can have good change (kaizen) which is a change so small it sneaks past your flight/flight trigger. In fact, sometimes the step is so small it's just imagining a difference. And then you move on to the next small change, and then over time, you've accumulated a big change. Like continuous improvement only different. The book is aimed at managers, but the technique of asking "What one small thing ca...
  • Agne
    It's really short. Although the points that are made are topical, it's a bit superficial. A few examples about eating and working out were memorable, but not much else. It also says very, very little about kaizen in organisations, it's mostly about improvements in personal life/success with a few passing mentions of organisational change, which interests me much more. So I guess you can skip this if you want to understand Kaizen better as a whole...
  • Tina Ann Nguyen
    Small steps This book should be required reading in leadership classes. If you lead a business or are looking to boost morale and performance, then this book is for you. Often times we equate big programs with success, but its the little steps that add up and will get buy in from your group. Small steps This book should be required reading in leadership classes. If you lead a business or are looking to boost morale and performance, then this bo...
  • Daniel Schulte
    These are good concepts that I think a lot of people could benefit from, but the entire book was just anecdotal. I really expect more studies and numbers to convince me that this is something everyone should be doing.
  • P Michael N
    Simple and straightforward approach to improving anything. The steps outlined are deceptively simple and powerful. The book has lots of examples drawn from business and life situations that make it readily applicable. Will give this a whirl.
  • Alex Vasilenko
    The book could have been minimized to 1 article. In general someone might find it very interesting and opening. For me it was like "yay, 1 step at a time, I got it". Everything else was mostly a water.
  • Orban
    The book grabbed the main idea of doing things in very small increments and slowly is much more effective than doing a huge innovation. That correlated a lot with a lot of my other readings, specially with the learning from Daniel Goleman: Emotional Intelligence ;)
  • Mych
    First chapter is a must for all executives. You can skim the rest.
  • Alex Herder
    This is what business books should be. It is a 4 hour listen in audiobook form, and I've been thinking and applying the lessons in the month or so since I finished it.
  • Jiri
    Cannot recommend, the book is not contributing anything significant.
  • Chuck Hardy
    Small steps, big difference. Read the first chapter...
  • Warren Miller
    One of my new favorite books. Small steps for your personal and professional life. This provides actionable insights with evidence and stories. Great but easy read.
  • Zühtü Özçelik
    Just a small step is enough for a big change.
  • Gaby
    A bit repetitive but a great way of thinking that serves as a catalyst for sustainable, long term changes.
  • Abu Sayeed
    Not bad
  • Leonidas
    The main idea behind this book is simple. BIG change is HARD. We are very resistant to BIG change. Our own mind, the people around us, organizations, and everything else is resistant to change.So how do go about implementing change with the least resistance? By implementing very small steps. One small step, then another, then another.And even if these small steps are hard, then we break them down even more, until things become comfortable. Over t...
  • Cynthia
    I was suggested by a head hunter to read about Lean Management. When I started to, last week, I realized that it was often used as a tool in the Kaizen mindset. Kaizen reading it became! Plus, I'm working on a project at the office that could use the Kaizen method.I really enjoyed the reading. Everything is logical but at the same time, I get that it can be difficult. I had heard that you could change behavior by making very small step but didn't...