Could Kaizen be the solution to implementing lean strategy at your company in a sustainable way? Many business leaders envision lean initiatives as massive endeavors that require long training sessions, big meetings, and complete overhauls. Yet the reality is that some of the most successful lean initiatives begin with a commitment to creating a culture that’s focused on small, continuous improvements.
Improving the Company Every Day: The Power of Kaizen
When you implement Kaizen you:
- Focus on standardizing your current work processes, and then developing incremental improvements on them over time
- Create a culture of problem solving employees who are constantly on the lookout for waste, inefficiencies, and opportunities for change
- Empower managers and employees at all levels of the organization to contribute their ideas on a regular bases
- Set a new standard where the expectation is that the company’s operations get a little better each day
What It’s Like to Implement Kaizen
Envisioning a project with a start and end date is easy; it’s how most companies operate. Implementing Kaizen is a total paradigm shift that creates an engine of continuous improvement within the company. Kaizen is a daily activity, which goes beyond the confines of simple productivity improvements. It’s an entirely new way of thinking and doing business that eliminates waste, increases productivity, and engages every employee in next-level innovation.
Kaizen is a philosophy of continuous improvement in which every aspect of the business can and must be improved. It is a process that engages the “human element,” while eliminating all forms of non-value added activity and waste. Your workers’ talents and perspective are your company’s most important assets. Through Kaizen, it’s possible to harness your team’s collective focus and systematically improve all areas of your business – from individual steps in the manufacturing process to behind-the-scenes administrative work.
Kaizen Bootcamp: One Strategy for Getting Started
Getting started with Kaizen requires training your team to see lean improvement opportunities in every aspect of the way that you do business. Our Kaizen Bootcamp Deployment model and Bootcamp experience is specifically designed to build a culture of problem solvers that focuses on execution and commitment to results.
Upon completion of the Incito Kaizen Bootcamp, participants will be able to effectively lead and drive Kaizen throughout the organization – with a practical focus on your company’s most important goals.
During the Incito’s experience, participants will learn how to plan, deploy, assess, validate, sustain, and continuously improve the following process:
- A3 report writing
- Kaizen checklist preparation
- Kaizen charter
- Kaizen agenda
- Kaizen roles and responsibilities
- Lessons learned (Hansei/reflection process)
- Execution of new methods and implementing solutions
- Sustaining and institutionalizing improvements
In practical terms, your managers will learn to lead effective teams that are focused on continuous improvement. Workers will see their perspectives as valuable and learn to spot opportunities to streamline critical processes. Ultimately, your entire company will develop practical strategies for upgrading performance again and again.
Are you ready to explore how Kaizen and the art of continuous improvement can make your company more successful? Contact Incito Consulting today to learn more about how their lean experts can help you achieve your goals.