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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

2 Comments
  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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