Announcing Baby Kaizen

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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.

Baby Kaizen

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

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  1. Mike Thelen says

    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? :)

    1. Mark Graban says

      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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