We can not stress enough how important it is to keep your team motivated and inspired. One way of doing that is through training, meetings, and team events.
But what happens after that?
Everyone goes back to work and the moral will start dropping. Our recommendation is to take away something from those meetings, trainings and events. A physical reminder of a common belief your organization shares. Give it a prominent place in the work environment where everyone gets to see it daily.
Kaizen is a strategy that involves everyone in the organization to achieve regular, incremental improvements to the manufacturing process. It's about combining all collective talents within an organisation and thus, stimulating a culture of continuous improvement.
We collected some inspiration for you based on the Kaizen strategy:
- The message of the Kaizen strategy is that not a day should go by without some kind of improvement being made somewhere in the company.” ~Masaaki Imai
- “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” ~Robert Collier
- “Before you say you can’t do something…TRY IT.” ~Sakichi Toyoda
- “Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.” ~Robert D. Maurer
- “Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.” ~Bob Parsons
- “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw
- “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.” ~Taiichi Ohno
- “The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely consistent with each other. In fact, they’re mutually reinforcing.” ~Michael Porter
- “Never be so afraid of making mistakes that you stop taking actions.” ~Kirtida Gautam
- “Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.” ~Kim Collins
- “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~Tom Peters
- “Small actions are at the heart of kaizen. By taking steps so tiny that they seem trivial or even laughable, you’ll sail calmly past obstacles that have defeated you before. Slowly – but painlessly! – you’ll cultivate an appetite for continued success and lay down a permanent new route to change.” ~Robert D. Maurer
- “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ~Antoine de Saint Exupery
- “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” ~Mark Twain
- “If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.” ~Steve Jobs
- “The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity. People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’.” ~Taiichi Ohno
- “Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” ~Brian Tracy
- “Kaizen means ongoing improvement involving everybody, without spending much money.” ~Masaaki Imai
- “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” ~Henry Ford
- “The Kaizen Philosophy assumes that our way of life – be it our working life, our social life, or our home life – deserves to be constantly improved.” ~Masaaki Imai
More lean and Kaizen content:
👉 Digital Kaizen SOPs to Standardize and Continuously Improve.
👉 What is a SOP?
👉 Introduction to Impactful 5S Standard Operating Procedures.