Kaizen Principles

Kaizen is a philosophy of life, a pattern of attitudes and behaviours, a way of thinking and action focus, a culture. It is often confused with lean tools, such as JIT, KANBAN, SPC, DC, PDO, and several other acronyms refer to instruments that were forged from these principles, but are not Kaizen. Kaizen is all and more.

 What are the principles of Kaizen?

  • Focus on the other. Be it a customer or co-worker or partner or our children, Kaizen focuses our action on their needs and satisfaction.
  • Improvement is an ongoing activity. It never stops. We must always do, review, and redo what was done to improve, developing and implementing innovation.
  • Problems exist and should be recognized and addressed, not avoided or hidden.
  • Promote openness. Personal knowledge is not power, ownership, creating cliques within the organization. Shared knowledge creates power and advancement.
  • The action is communal, not individual. Teamwork creates better.
  • Teamwork should be intercultural and interdisciplinary. Inter-functionality (concurrent engineering) should be the tone of group functioning.
  • Encourage collaborative relationships, not competitive.
  • Develop self-discipline. Man is free and should govern and control himself. Who is not controlled, cannot control anything.
  • Information is the lifeblood of the group and should be known to everyone, so everyone can contribute to its development by strengthening group bonds.
  • The man must be enabled, trained, fed back in action. It is the only way to create and develop responsibility.


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