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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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

2 COMMENTS

  1. 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? :)

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