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PostSubject: Kaizen   Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:44 pm

I just came across the term Kaizen the other day. It's a Japanese term that means roughly "continual improvement". I think it's a good term to describe the development of my own spiritual life practice.

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Kaizen is a daily activity, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, when done correctly, humanizes the workplace, eliminates overly hard work ("muri"), and teaches people how to perform experiments on their work using the scientific method and how to learn to spot and eliminate waste in business processes. The philosophy can be defined as bringing back the thought process into the automated production environment dominated by repetitive tasks that traditionally required little mental participation from the employees.

People at all levels of an organization can participate in kaizen, from the CEO down, as well as external stakeholders when applicable. The format for kaizen can be individual, suggestion system, small group, or large group. At Toyota, it is usually a local improvement within a workstation or local area and involves a small group in improving their own work environment and productivity. This group is often guided through the kaizen process by a line supervisor; sometimes this is the line supervisor's key role.

While kaizen (at Toyota) usually delivers small improvements, the culture of continual aligned small improvements and standardization yields large results in the form of compound productivity improvement. Hence the English usage of "kaizen" can be: "continuous improvement" or "continual improvement."

This philosophy differs from the "command-and-control" improvement programs of the mid-twentieth century. Kaizen methodology includes making changes and monitoring results, then adjusting. Large-scale pre-planning and extensive project scheduling are replaced by smaller experiments, which can be rapidly adapted as new improvements are suggested.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaizen

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PostSubject: Re: Kaizen   Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:42 pm

Just to follow up. The term is generally used in the context of business, but I think it's also certainly a useful term in the context of Deism and deist spirituality. It's broad, it's flexible, and it's based on ones own reason which is in stark contrast with most theistic based spiritual practices.

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PostSubject: Re: Kaizen   Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:03 pm

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I just came across the term Kaizen the other day. It's a Japanese term that means roughly "continual improvement".
I just coined a Japanese word to describe my own spiritual development : Denizen. It means "running-in-place". Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Kaizen   Fri May 20, 2011 3:08 pm

How about radizen which means: "running in circles".

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