Kaizen Effect in Life- Grow with It

Change, improvement, achievement, goals, success all these words sound so good to the ears, but these are not mere words, behind each one of them stands the dream of millions of people, and some may even die before reaching their destination. Have you ever thought why it happens, why a dream remains a fiction and never becomes true? What is it that we lack to convert our dreams into reality?

James Freeman Clarke rightly said, that

“We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life”. We do not realize that in the due course of life we don’t remain stationary at all; there is either a process of advancement or regression. So how does it matter then? Most of the time we become so occupied in living life that we don’t even comprehend what our dreams are all about and just keep on hovering over the river of life. We go to the school which is selected by our parents (yes, there is a less chance of us making our own choice here), we opt a career of our parents’ choice, we work for a boss, where is our life then?

“When what you want doesn’t happen, learn to want what does.” (Arabic proverb) and here it goes, this is what we all do though we may think that there is nothing wrong in accepting the facts of life, but then one needs to ask- what about dreams?

So, what should we do for the continuous growth? Dream and then make sure that you fulfill all of them, without accepting defeat, be it professional dreams or personal, and ironically many of us do not even realize the difference between the two, for us becoming a doctor is a dream which is both personal and professional. Similarly, receiving a promotion is a dream and it becomes both personal and professional.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin

So my dear friends let us Progress, let’s look at the sky with open arms and just grab all the opportunities which come our way.

Here are the recommendations on how we can progress in Organizations:

Discover: What do you want to be? This much we all know, but how to reach there gets difficult as we join a company. Discover yourself, your strength, your key interests, your talents, weaknesses, limitations and everything that you can get to know about yourself. Just like a company has its own vision statement, why don’t you also envision one for yourself? An intelligent foresight will help you realize your vision and mission in life.

Affiliation: Discovery of inner self is done, though it is an ongoing process to discover oneself, the next step is to take affiliation wherever possible, acquire a skill set which you think is missing or lacking, network with people who can help you accomplish your goals, join some club, become a part of a project team. Get involved with people, groups, and communities, just open your wings and fly to connect with others. Continuous improvement can be acquired with addition to something new be it hobbies, interests or just adapting to changes.

Communication: Now comes the difficult part, communicate with people in the network so that you get the opportunity to grow and prosper in to what you want to be. The goals can be achieved if they are properly communicated to the Leader of the organization or vice versa. In fact, how you present your self is also part of communication and plays an important role in the path of progress. It has many facets such as seeking and giving feedback, listing, empathy and plan.

Conception: So you have a plan, now is the time to draft your actions accordingly. Take one step at a time, do no hurry and design your course of action. These actions are like foundation stones of a building, the strength of which carries the entire burden of a building and the people in it. :)

Execution: Not so difficult and not that easy too…if any problems comes in between the realization of dreams now, make sure you don’t change the desired goals, just change the action plan. It is always better to change a path than changing a destination altogether, which can not only be tiring but painful too. Especially in organizations the distress it causes affects the personal life too, and sometimes to such an extent that we may say “I QUIT.”

Measure: Yes, measuring the goals and actions are a necessary requirement, which keeps you under check all the time and ensures that you are on the right track and that there is no hindrance coming your way. Evaluation is also empirical for knowing what more needs to be done, as well as the areas we lack in and how to increase the efforts. We can also call this performance check but the only difference here is; that this is an internal performance evaluation.

So here is cheers to Kaizen, lets improve, lets progress and embrace changes with open arms and cultivate the same in our teams as well.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    hey Sangeeta,…thanks dear!!!…hope it will be of some use to you all….:)

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Saroj…

    I’m delighted with such wonderful response from the readers and members…..:) keep reading and sharing!!

  • Shanukoul

    Really needed this motivation.& guidance


  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hey Saraswati…

    I’m delighted that you considered this editorial as a guide, keep reading and sharing your experiences. Thanks A lot.

  • Mad_vrishi

    This is really a good motivation and give inner zeal to improve and proceed

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  • Vinay Kakkar

    The articles posted by you are really excellent.

  • Beack

    I think 1picture is worth than a thousand words, So there is a need to add more diagrams , flow charts and all otherwise it’s helpfull

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Point taken Beack…we will come back with diagrams and flow charts….:) thanks for the inputs…they are highly valued @ citeman

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Mr. Gupta and thanks a lot Vrishi….:)

  • Matt Sabetti

    Your comments about the fact that we are either progressing or moving in a retrograde manner are another way of saying that change, even if it’s only maintenance change, is occurring all the time! Without it, we would die! At its most fundamental level, this change is a manifestation of the energetic movement we have been discussing. In the firm, this movement is either in resonance (moving together) or causing dissonance.

    Your point about kaizen is also good. I firmly believe that an ability to accept the truth of how a business is doing on all levels is the key to organizational wholeness. I have also found that great places accept the the truth of their existence, no matter how difficult it may be, but without the attachment of judgment. Without including this caveat, individuals are fearful to make changes because they fear the repercussions of failure. At Google, they “encourage” mistakes, because the absence of error equates to a caution that’s too rigid. Consoder Xerox, for example. Its product was once synonymous with the company name, i.e., take a “xerox.” However, the digital age made the company nearly obsolete, and its share price collapsed accordingly. From a high of over $60 near 2000, shares plummeted to around $4 in 2009. But Ursula Burns and Anne Mulcahy have completely overhauled the company, reinvesting heavilly in R&D such as IT consulting to again make the firm relevant. In the process, they’ve restored morale and a tenacity to agin make Xerox great. This couldn’t have happened if they’d continued to believe in things as they should be instead of how they were.

    Finally, kaizen succeeds because the hierarchy is largely eschewed. Otherwwise, how would Toyota be able to get an idea about swivel, dropdown chair harnesses for production workers from the floor of a plant in the U.S.one week to worldwide implementation within a few weeks? This goes to your discussion of the hierarchy. I think people are conditioned to believe that without a hierarchy there will be anarchy. You can have direct reporting and clear reporting without the extraneous “levels” of a system that is the product of Newton’s mechanistic view of the world,( which we know is increasingly nonlinear)without the linear rows and boxes of the hierarchy. Just observe the connection of the unrest in Libya and world oil prices. Is the world not inextricable interconnected??? Again, it’s rigid and coercive, imposing structure from the outside or above instead of letting the natural processes of each company dictate the forms the management evolves into i.e., what works for them. Of course firms need a balance of order, but this order can be fungible, meaning it can change as a group comes together for a project, then disbands and reformulates with new players. In a flexible, global marketplace, organizations simply have to be nimble.

    The best firms have what I refer to as a wholearchy; they are led from a sense of the center out, instead of from the top down. In this way, the ways of kaizen are more easily incorporated, because the movement of energy — gathering, distribution, and circuitry – more closely correspond to the way information actually flows. It also affords lateral or lattice like connections among all workers. Have you ever seen information flow UPWARDS in a good way??

    For example, at Netherlands international banking and insurance giant ING, even the corporate workplace itself has physically detachable workstations that allow group size to collapse or expand for meetings etc.

    Again, great work! Did you get my email? I left twice with comments I think you may have missed, you’re so busy!!

  • Mohammad Saeed Khan

    No doubt this is a very nice and informative article for those who want to improve not only thier business but also to improve their personal life.

  • CA Ravi Prakash Latta

    Thanks for sharing such a nice article…please keep on posting such gem pieces

  • Amjadnaaz

    Yeah Its True, that KAIZEN is one of the tool which enacts as CHANGE FOR BETTERMENT. Nice posting keep it up. From Amjad Naaz

  • anusha patil

    Excellent writeup!
    May we add ‘follow up’ or ‘feed forward’ after the internal performance evaluation…the reason being any change to become a part of our personality requires considerable time of sustained practice.Research in psychology has revealed that any new behaviour to be apart of our life takes 21 days of continued practice ,whereas an individual takes 40 days to unlearn, learn and freeze the new behaviour.

    – Thanks and sincere regards,

    anusha patil


    This article made me clear about Kaizen effects. Thank you

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi Matt..
    My apologies, for the delay…i got your email and always like the way you share insights and give such good examples. Here, i just tried to explain Kaizen and its effect on Human resources, how we can improve with this Japanese management tool…..Will email you the rest of the reply.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    I’m glad Indrayani..please do share your experiences with us….:)

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Great Anusha!! Thanks so much for such valuable inputs…sure we need a follow up here…i’m sure people will learn from your insights as well. DO write a detailed version of this for us…Would love to share it with people….:) Thanks again dear.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thank you Amjad..such appreciation motivates us more…please keep reading!!:)

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    I’m really glad Ravi….with such nice words of appreciation. thanks very much…keep reading and pouring your valuable comments..

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks so much….yes very well said..both personal and professional lives progress with Kaizen…

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Vinay…delighted with wonderful words of appreciation. keep sharing!!

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Mr. Gupta…:)

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  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Jithendar…

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