For the past 5 days I’ve been involved in an extremely intense kaizen. One could even call it a kaikaku – or radical change event.
I’ve coached, learned, cleaned, painted, and sweat (a lot) alongside some amazing people.
We went to battle with muda (waste) and won. In fact we won big. And while we made huge improvements as it relates to 5S and throughput, the biggest success, at least for me, was watching the employees pour their entire beings into the event.
Today, during the report out there were a few occasions were grown men, including me, came close to tears. It was an emotional and even spiritual occasion for me personally.
I am a man of deep faith and prayer. As such, I’ve been praying for wisdom and guidance all week long. And today, all my prayers and hard work – and more importantly the hard work of my colleagues – came to fruition.
If you think continuous improvement is only about reading books, training, and certifications you couldn’t be more wrong.
No, continuous improvement is about engaging others. It’s about attacking the problem at hand with fury and intensity – no matter your job title or salary. It’s about making people’s lives better. And at times, at least for me, it’s a deeply spiritual and emotional journey.
And now… I need to rest.