"Humanizing the workplace for the wellbeing of all."
Kaizen is a Japanese word that literally means improvement. The kaizen philosophy has been applied across a wide spectrum of the business world--from healthcare to manufacturing--in an attempt to lean practices and continually improve all aspects of a business.
In my work as a leadership/business advisor, this kaizen philosophy to get at the core of what makes a leader in this twenty-first century successful. Kaizen starts with humanizing the workplace, re-energizing individual employees, and injecting the entire work culture with renewed vigor and forward momentum. When you break the word into two parts, I find you discover a deeper meaning that gets to the heart of what I hope to offer: Kai, a restorative and innovative change; and Zen, the peaceful good of all.
In this post-industrial age, we tend to focus on efficiency, productivity, and speed--all great things, but somehow not quite enough to sustain the life of a leader or the energy of their people. In an effort to lean practices, organizations have often unwittingly put primary value on employee output. People are left feeling like machines whose only value comes from the amount and speed at which they can produce.
Sadly, and to our own detriment, we've lost focus on the humans doing the actual work.
It is time to refocus on what drives and motivates people. Doing so will inspire employees from within, allowing them the opportunity to use their strengths, and give them a sense of purpose and fulfillment. This not only results in a more engaged workforce, it is a strong influencer of overall organizational growth. People who feel valued are more engaged at work and in life.
Through research, conversations with business owners, and my own work in the field, I have been convinced the Kai-Zen philosophy is transformative.
Not only can it breathe life back into you, your employees, and your business, I believe it will.