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Announcing Baby Kaizen

by Mark Graban on January 7, 2013 · 2 comments

No, this is not a program of Kaizen, or continuous ¬†improvement, for babies. Babies naturally grow, try new things, and gain new capabilities. But, we tend to lose that as adults. As Dr. Deming would say the “forces of destruction” (grades, bad management) cause intrinsic motivation to go down over time. There’s too much fear. People learn to not take risks.

I saw a news story from Worthington, Minnesota that the first baby born in 2013 was named… “Kaizen.” No joke.

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Congratulations to the parents. I’m trusting the baby will indeed be “change for the better.”

mark graban lean blog Announcing Baby Kaizen leanAbout 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.

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1 Mike Thelen January 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

On how she chose the name Kaizen (noting that her other children had somewhat unique names as well) “…’Kaizen’ actually was the name of an app on Kham’s phone.”

Wonder which app dad had installed on his phone? :)


2 Mark Graban
January 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Thanks for pointing out that detail, Mike.

It could be an e-commerce app called “Kaizen.” Or, “Kaizen Surveys Lite.” Or, Karen Martin has a kaizen event planning app called “Kaizen” on the iPhone home screen.

I wonder???


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