Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains Hardcover – Oct 1 2013
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About the Author
JON MILLER has 20 years of experience in the field of kaizen. He is the CEO of the Kaizen Institute Consulting Group. He was co-founder and CEO of Gemba Research before merging it with the Kaizen Institute. Jon is the author of numerous articles, and translated and edited Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management as well as contributing to other McGraw-Hill Professional books, including "Gemba Kaizen," Second Edition, and "Kaizen in Logistics and Supply Chains."
MIKE WROBLEWSKI has more than 25 years of experience in industrial engineering, manufacturing management, and kaizen. He is a Director of the Kaizen Institute USA. Mike is a popular keynote speaker at national conferences, sharing his insights and experiences leading kaizen.
JAIME VILLAFUERTE has 20 years of experience in the strategic and tactical deployment of continuous improvement. He is a Lean Six Sigma Director at Jabil, Inc., where he leads the development and deployment of Lean Six Sigma transformation, reaching 165,000+ employees in 33 countries. Jaime is the author of "The Lean 6 Sigma Deployment Memory Jogger."
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Of all the elements required to achieve a successful Lean transformation shaping the culture can be the most challenging. There is nothing more valuable than being able to learn from the thoughts and experience of others. It is with gratitude that I would like to thank Jon, Mike and Jaime for taking the time to share their thoughts and experience that it may be of help to the rest of us on our journey towards excellence. This book is a rare gem.
What I can say I learned is that: " if no plan, no vision, and no standard in doing things right...then there is really no chance for kaizen". Also, engaging people, developing skills, the importance of PDCA and the 10 core kaizen beliefs. I like the illustration of traditional vs kaizen culture benchmarks, as i can relate to the struggles with traditional thinking. I've been around companies where kaizen was taught in a more traditional way with more of the attitude of a "project" and "done"...now "go kaizen elsewhere". What was missing is the deep understanding of how to drive daily kaizen and sustain it through a disciplined approach to developing people, being at the gemba, and understanding the leadership importance to support it. I know that I need to read through this book a couple of times to keep learning. So much helpful info in understanding kaizen culture. I plan to eventually read Gemba Kaizen.
From my perspective the chapters about sustaining a Kaizen culture and organizational readiness provided the most value as it is the most critical part while starting and developing a cultural change. I want to highly recommend this great book as a standard to any of the leaders who want to understand the philosophy and methodology of Kaizen culture to increase employee engagement and build a more valuable and competitive company.
Creating a Kaizen Culture gives detailed discussions, methodologies, and philosophies needed to set organizational leadership on course to achieve the kaizen culture. It is a continuous journey and the authors disclose just what it takes to understand and change an organization. Creating a Kaizen Culture is both a fascinating and enlightening read needed by anyone desiring to truly understand how to accomplish this in their business.
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