When is the best time for kaizen?

When is the best time for kaizen?  Anytime?  Perhaps.  However, in Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management we read that the best times to do kaizen are when things are going great. 

There is an expression “poverty dulls your wits” which means that when you are impoverished you will not be able to have good ideas and help yourself.

When I first read this I struggled with it since you often hear that the best time for kaizen is during a crisis. But then the following words set me straight.

These days the market conditions are so good for people in some industries that they are laughing all the way to the bank, but I think they may need to stop laughing and prepare for when times are not so good again and step up their kaizen efforts.

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1 Comment

  1. Jennifer

    June 25, 2007 - 7:47 pm

    This reminds me of working out. When I go to the gym hungry or tired my workout stinks. But when I go feeling strong and energetic things go great.