Kaizen - a world of exploring

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kaizenKaizen - a world of exploring


I have only recently been introduced to the business concept of Kaizen, "a change for the better", continuous improvement, the ability to increase productivity by making tiny changes.

My next step was to search www.scribd.com, my online library. which serves me well. I searched "kaizen" which produced 490 book titles, many of which I would like to read. (I have had similar feelings in bookstores).

Since time was limited, I clicked on The Kaizen Plan for Decluttering Your Computer by Lynn Johnston. This book is a mere 20 pages ~ a helpful read really. I appeared to be making all the mistakes and here was an author offering a solution - in tiny steps, in 10 minute bursts.

Johnston's premise is that a Kaizen Plan can be applied to any task that can be broken into small pieces and worked on a few minutes at a time. The key criteria are Simple, Short, Personalized and Affirming.

If it's good enough for Toyota, then I am sure to benefit.


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Comments (11)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the tip Larry, I will do a little exploring in the world of Kaizen too.


Feb 22, 2015 02:50 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, going to have to read that book! Thanks for the tip. Enjoy your day!

Feb 22, 2015 06:42 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

"Simple, Short, Personalized and Affirming."

I would add, "Do it sooner rather than later".

Feb 22, 2015 09:17 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Larry. I never heard of this before but it is interesting. Thanks for the share.

Feb 22, 2015 10:01 PM
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT


Feb 23, 2015 01:43 PM
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Bob - you might look up LEAN as well

Wayne - it is a good reminder to avoid overwhelm.

Lenn- good point. I think this implied in the text.

Sheila - your interest may lead somewhere. I think we all employ some form of  improvement. I have yet to be hampered by major innovation.

Feb 23, 2015 01:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the concept of Kaizen.

Feb 25, 2015 02:51 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The philosophy Kaizen was used by the Japanese after World War II to re-build Japan.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 25, 2015 10:16 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Larry O'Sullivan ,   I'll have to get that book Lynn Johnston wrote.  I could use a bit of decluttering.  Maybe some of our sellers should read it too.

Mar 06, 2015 08:51 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Larry, we recently had a "Summit" meeting with a lot of county and state people...fish and wildlife, etc. Kaizen came up as something that we might want to pursue with some of other governmental and private agencies. I had not heard of that approach or word until about a month ago--but I'm WITH you on this! 

I might just check out Lynn Johnston's book--thanks for the recommendation. 

Mar 18, 2015 12:31 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Kaizen - continuous improvement - excellent attitude. I apply it when I can - if I see that something is working well in my business, I try to sit down, write the steps, and then do it again.

Aug 27, 2015 02:13 AM