Toyota Kaizen

The seven slides below are from my 2010 Lean leadership training workshop (Module 3 of 4). I always emphasized to top leaders the importance and necessity of daily kaizen to transition from classical management to versions of Lean management that mirror Toyota’s management thinking and practice.

Even though the word kaizen suggests “incremental improvement,” that is too much for most top leaders because they prefer the status quo. Everything changing all the time is not their idea of continuous improvement. The result has been a proliferation of Fake Lean.

Kaizen is fundamental. Master the basics.

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