My “Sensei” Wife

By Ron Updated on July 12th, 2007

My wife is the best. As I have to travel some for my work she takes care of the house, kids, dogs, and pretty much anything else you can imagine without me around to yell at… I mean without me to help, of course.Well, in an attempt to outdo herself my wife is now pursuing the title of Sensei as she teaches my kids about the visual factory… I mean visual bedroom. We now have these little posters up that list out some chores the kids must do in order to earn a Blockbuster movie night. Today they only have to earn 15 points to get a movie. The one week that we have been “live” with the system has worked out well for my 2 and 4 year old daughters. They got to rent “Arthur’s Christmas” for the 13th time this past weekend. I reckon the 15 point requirement will increase a bit if my wife sees the 2 year old begin to “game” the system!

The best thing is in order to earn a point both of my daughters must do their task. So they both need to clean their room, etc. Some of the tasks are easy though… like “Say Prayers” which we do together as a family.

The point is the kids are learning about responsibility, goals, and of course how monitoring their performance can lead to a motivated and happy work crew. Getting ready for bed has never been so fun around our house!

Many companies would do well to practice some visual workplace in their production areas just like my wife has setup in the house. Perhaps one day, God willing, my kids will teach these knuckle head production managers how to do this.

We plan to home school our kids for at least the first few years and possibly beyond. My goal is to introduce them all to Lean and Six Sigma at a very young age… it seems my wife is attempting to beat me to it. As I said, she is the best!

Have I mentioned the 5S my wife did to the kid’s play room? Well, I will leave that for another day. Until next time, I wish you all the best on your journey towards continuous improvement.

  1. JWDT

    February 24, 2007 - 9:05 pm

    Great idea starting with the kids. I tried to introduce my wife to the 5S’s in her kitchen, since I typically do the dishes. Now I just make it real visual that she needs to put the dishes away.

    I am curious as to how many points you allot to each activity?, with my crew of 4 (increasing to 5 God Willing in Aug/Sept), they would accumulate the points very quickly.

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