Kaizen (改善) and Kaku-shin (革新)

革新 kaku-shin

My stance is that, change and transformation is a result. We don’t change for the sake of changing. Rather, I place importance in improvement. So, with me, you’ll be seeing frequent reference to Kaizen (改善), which is continuous improvement.

See, we don’t celebrate enough the small wins and gains that we stack up. Instead, we pursue the fantacy of change and transformation, because while we’re dreaming about it, we’re happy. And then when we wake up from the realization that the magic isn’t happening, we become disappointed, disoriented and depressed.

And then once in a while, there can be a magical pop – in Lean terms, it’s called Kakushin (革新), innovation, or literally translated, the revolutionary “new”.

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