The Spirit of KaizenI like New Years because I like to set goals. I know it is not quite New Years but it is close to holidays so it counts for me.
I read a book - the Spirit of Kaizen - Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time by Robert Maurer. The title says what kaizen is - the process of continually creating excellence or continually getting just a bit better.
People often ask me how EMJ was successful. It was not one thing, it was a lot of little things. The focus was on many tiny competitive advantages which in total created a profitable company. The same is true of Kaizen. The focus is not on a complete change and makeover, rather it is just one tiny thing at a time. The book even cautions against "We need something bold and innovative" or trying to make sweeping changes (which is the temptation with New Years resolutions).
This is like the 1% Solution. A tiny 1% change every day doubles in 72 days. I use that 1% rule when I work out. I just work out 1% longer. So my calculation is I will be able to bench press 3964 pounds in just 2 years by only adding 1% to the weight each day.
I have blogged many times about the power of success habits. For me, most kaizen revolves around those. Just a few more tiny habits can create long term good impact.
The Spirit of Kaizen has a lot of little ideas for personal and business growth. EG - How to inspire staff in 3 minutes per day. And I liked the chapter on sales. Every sales person needs to practice Kaizen.
The Spirit of Kaizen is a great inspirational book that reinforces the value of small changes to create big results.
Good luck on creating your goals, resolutions and your future.
I know one habit, I have never been good at is stretching. But I am now battling a bad case of tennis elbow (actually in the inside so it is called golfers elbow). So one habit I will be better on is stretching.
Have a great Christmas