I stumbled across a surprising use of the word “kaizen” the other day from a surprising source – TV entertainment reporter and actress Maria Menounos.
The quote from the end of the interview:
Maria Menounos: I think we should all really be realizing that it is about the kaizen philosophy and continuous improvement. Whatever age you’re at, wherever you are in your life, it’s always striving to do things better, not in an overwhelming way, not in the I’m-not-happy-with-myself-anymore way, but to always be growing and always be learning and always be open to making changes and adjustments in your life. If you don’t have it all together right now, take baby steps. Say, you know what? I’m going to organize my car, that’s the first step. Or I’m going to start with my closet. It’s really wanting to better your life and realizing you don’t have to spend a lot to do it.
Are you living the kaizen philosophy? Are you applying small daily improvements to your own life and home? What a great goal to always be growing and learning and making changes.
I hope her fans take her message to heart – we’ll be laying the groundwork for more Lean thinkers in the world.
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.