I recently came across the work of Masaaki Imai the highly respected Japanese operations management consultant and theorist.
He first reminded me that the Japanese translation of KAIZEN is actually ‘ Change For the Better’ and not Continuous Improvement as people usually translate it today. He also made the incredibly insightful suggestion that the a new English definition for KAIZEN should be the following:
EVERYDAY, EVERYBODY, EVERYWHERE. I think this is an excellent additional twist on the concept of KAIZEN. Change for the better…Everyday, Everybody, Everywhere !