Are you sensing that something needs to get better? Maybe it’s something in you, in a relationship, in how things are going at work, in our country. If so, you are beginning a process called kaizen.

Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning change for the better or continuous improvement.

In the last week, I have been with educators in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Georgia. Every one of them shared a common desire…they wanted to get better. How could they get better in engaging their students in learning? How could they get better in leading others? How could they get better in creating an effective and healthy workplace culture?

Kaizen is a natural desire. I see it in my grandchildren: in Emma who is continually trying to get better at gymnastics, in Maggie who is trying to get better at tennis, in Joe who is trying to get better at reading comprehension.

The overall goal of kaizen is to make small changes over time to create improvements.

Identify a kaizen desire in you. What do you want to improve? Give it some purposeful attention this week by:

  • reflecting on areas in which you want to get better
  • creating a plan for how you can get better
  • talking with others about getting better
  • practicing how you can get better

Let your desire for growth and improvement fuel your motivation for human development.

From our team…Willow, Kevin, and Tom…who are continually leaning in to kaizen.

Paul Bernabei, Director
Top 20 Training