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