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...


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TitleThe Spirit of Kaizen
ISBN9780071796170
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2012
PublisherMcGraw-Hill Education
LanguageEnglish
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Self Help
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Reviews The Spirit of Kaizen

  • George Girton
    1970-01-01
    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
  • Bob Wallner
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • James Thompson
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Li Li
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mitch Holladay
    1970-01-01
    First chapter is a must for all executives. You can skim the rest.
  • Leonidas Kaplan
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Andrew French
    1970-01-01
    People most often do not get ahead or accomplish what they want, not because of a lack of drive or vision, but because of fear. The human mind is wired to avoid change wherever possible. Change equals danger. Danger equals fear. And fear is what holds us back from achieving our goals. Not all individuals have the strength and stamina to crash through this barrier with brute force. Enter: Kaizen. The philosophy of achieving great things one small,...
  • Jozef
    1970-01-01
    Zeer de moeite van het lezen. Een beetje een herhaling van zijn andere boek "De kracht van Kaizen", maar meer naar management gericht. Hij herhaalt toch verschillende onderwerpen.Het is zeker de moeite omdat het boek kort is en rap gelezen. Geconcentreerd tot de essentie.Hij verliest een ster omdat hij "Good to Great" citeert en blijkbaar niet de moeite gedaan heeft om vast te stellen dat dat boek niet deugt.
  • Alfin
    1970-01-01
    Buku ini sangat bagus, saya jarang kasih rating 5, tp menurut saya buku ini sangat layak dpt rating 5 bintang.Seringkali kita mendengar tentang mulailah dari yg kecil, mulai sekarang jg, tp tetep gak tau sekecil apa, mulai darimana. Nah, di buku ini "bagaimana" melakukan hal-hal kecil, bertahap dan terus menerus diperbaiki itu dijelaskan dengan sangat menarik, mudah dicerna dan sangat applicable menurut saya untuk kehidupan pribadi maupun bisnis.
  • Stratis Valachis
    1970-01-01
    Very inspiring read on how small incremental steps towards improvement can be a lot more effective than big abrupt change, in any aspect of life. The human brain is built to fear and resist change. The Kaizen philosophy provides us with a very effective mindset on how to work around this.
  • Johnee Schwartz
    1970-01-01
    Really nice introduction to kaizen and how it can change every day habits. Perhaps my favorite part was its approach to diet and making small changes that add up. Also some good fundamental business touchstones.
  • Daniel Oon Yong Lin
    1970-01-01
    Top notch book about the application of Kaizen that is not just for manufacturing but Kaizen for our day to day lives. Small steps make all the difference for Toyota, and it makes all the difference for people today.
  • Ivan Dimitrov
    1970-01-01
    Nice book describing technics already discussed on many other books. There first chapter is a nice summary of the book and the later chapters are filled with with great examples.The technics are a great companion to those practicing Lean and Theory of Constraints
  • Louischa
    1970-01-01
    Livre très mal écrit, très superficiel, mais malgré cela, le kaizen est une technique indéniablement utile. Dommage que l'auteur soit un si mauvais écrivain.
  • Daron Yondem
    1970-01-01
    Good read... Simply "start small" :) and iterate...
  • Hemlet Kiai
    1970-01-01
    Love the book!
  • Steve Oglesby
    1970-01-01
    Excellent book, great examples of how this simple philosophy can be applied across every area of life.
  • rhodeswarrior
    1970-01-01
    nice, gentle introduction to kaizen
  • Kelly D'avella
    1970-01-01
    Life changing