Our good friend Norman Bodek asked me to share this with you about the Harada Method, which (as he says) “promises to create workers who are masters of their positions and champions of continuous improvement — at little to no cost.”
You can read an article about this at IndustryWeek: “How America Can Fight Back Against Low-Cost Labor in China” and you can also register for a free webinar on the Harada Method.
What is the Harada Method? From the article:
The recipe is one part monozukuri (which, loosely translated, means craftsmanship, or product excellence) and one part hitozukuri(an organization’s commitment to the lifelong development of its employees, or people excellence), and it’s steeped in respect for workers.
It’s called the Harada Method, and it’s designed to help shop-floor workers develop their skills and capabilities — on their own.
And it continues:
Bodek notes that the Harada Method is enormously popular [55000 people at 380 companies] in Japan, for much the same reasons that American manufacturers are taking an interest in it. Japan, like the United States, is struggling to compete with low-cost labor in China and other emerging economies.
“But they can compete by raising the skill level of [their] companies,” Bodek says.
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 new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.