Kaizen is a business philosophy popularized in Japan in the 1950s. Its methodologies have become a global management guide that enthuses Startups and Multinational conglomerates alike. What’s more, the Kaizen tactics are so versatile it can also be used in personal development.

What is Kaizen

The two character Kanji – 改(Kai)善(zen), the same in writing and meaning in both Japanese and Chinese, literally translate to ‘modify / improve’ 改 and ‘good’ 善. Kaizen embodies a way of thinking that focuses on achieving continuous and small improvements.

How to apply Kaizen in business and in life

According to the Kaizen way, there are 5 steps that are important for continuous improvement:

  1. Identify challenges in the existing process
  2. Prioritize challenges with main target in mind and set measurable Kaizen goals
  3. Identify and finely breakdown tasks to small steps, that are necessary to achieve these goals
  4. Implement and evaluate new process through out the Kaizen methodology
  5. Once proven effective, establish new process in everyday practice

Compared with the practice of goal setting (think New Year Resolutions), often associated with a Western origin, the Asian Kaizen philosophy emphasizes on the process, and establishing effective systems to achieve one’s goals.

Whether you are a business aiming to attain a 20% gain in revenue or an individual striving to realize your Olympic dream, the Kaizen system empowers you to find better ways to do things. If something is not working, stop and re-assess, how can you use Kaizen methods for a better outcome?

Learn more about the Kaizen philosophy from other .Asia websites

Show http://jobandwork.asia
Show: http://www.geconsult.asia

This.Is.Asia Newsletter Issues

A Conversation with Director Feng-I Fiona Roan – Winner of HBO Asian American Visionary Award

A Conversation with Director Feng-I Fiona Roan – Winner of HBO Asian American Visionary Award

JIEJIE, Mandarin for sister, is directed by Asian-American writer and director Feng-I Fiona Roan. Her film won the prestigious HBO Asian Pacific American Visionary Award in 2018. At its heart, JIEJIE is an Asian American story of first-generation immigration experience from the view of a child. We caught up with Fiona to discuss what it was like growing up Asian-American in both Asia and the US, and her next big project – AMERICAN GIRL.

read more
Happy Global Tiger Day!

Happy Global Tiger Day!

Every year since 2010, Global Tiger Day is celebrated on July 29th to raise awareness and support for tiger conservation. And I’m part of The Doubling Wild Tigers – Tx2 initiative. Our goal is to double wild tiger numbers by year 2022 across 12 tiger range countries in Asia and Russia.

read more
Catching up with Jackie Dallas – Proud Short Film

Catching up with Jackie Dallas – Proud Short Film

Last year we wrote about the PROUD Short Film created, produced and directed by Asian American actress Jackie Dallas.  Since then, PROUD (www.proudshortfilm.asia) has been chosen to be screened at numerous film festivals both in the U.S. and internationally.  It is...

read more