Sustainable Growth Strategies:


Kaizen Mindset

Setting the Right Mindset and Business Environment

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Not a single day should go by without an improvement.


Kaizen means "improvement". Kaizen strategy calls for never-ending efforts for improvement involving everyone in the organization.

Kaizen Mindset is Kaizen's Starting Point. It sets the right mindset and business environment in a Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

Kaizen Culture: 8 Key Elements

Implementing Kaizen: 7 Conditions

Problem Solving Strategies: 4 Levels


Kaizen Mindset

Create Customer Value: 10 Matsushita Lessons

Yin-Yang of customer value creation

8 Rules for Quality Management

Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan

  • Recognize that any corporation has problems and establish a corporate culture where everyone can freely admit these problems and suggest improvement.

  • Think of how to improve it instead of why it can't be improved.

  • See problem solving as cross-functional collaborative and systemic approach.

  • Emphasis on process establish a way of thinking oriented at improving processes, and a management system that supports and acknowledges people's process-oriented efforts for improvement.

  • Start with scarcity. It's hard to see the need for Kaizen when resources are plentiful.

  • When there is a worker or supplier performance problem, don't replace them. Keep them and help them improve instead.

Matsushita's 10 Corporate Management Lessons

Lean Enterprise: 13 Tips

The Toyota Way: 14 Principles




Kaizen Strategy: 7 Conditions for Successful Implementation

Quick and Easy Kaizen (Mini-Kaizen)

Kaizen and Total Quality Management (TQM)

Kaizen and Innovation

Kaizen Culture

Kaizen Culture: 8 Elements and Implementation in Japan and the West

Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

3 Basic Principles of Continuous Improvement

Efficiency Improvement

Productivity Improvement

Cross-functional Management (CFM)

Employee Empowerment

Idea Management

Canon Production System (CPS)

Continuous Improvement Quotes

Suggestion Systems

Japanese-style Suggestion System

Fun4Biz Suggestion System

Lean Production

Toyota Production System (TPS)

Just-in-Time (JIT)

Glossary Kaizen & Lean Production

Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Competitive Advantage: USA vs. Japan

Quality Management

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Business Processes

Enterprise-wide Business Process Management (EBPM)

Case Studies

Fidelity Investments: Practicing Kaizen

Canon Entering the USA Market

Toyota Production System (TPS)