The philosophy of kaizen.
Japan has a philosophy called kaizen, which mean “good change” but those that apply the philosophy usually define it as “continuous improvement”.
In the West the obsession is with “command and control” in a deterministic system. Nature however is non-linear, always in flow and change. Life evolves constantly to survive in an environment that the only constant is change, adaptation is the difference between life or extinction. Kaizen reflects nature, thus the individual, business or nation that adopts kaizen has a distinct competitive advantage over those that prefer the “command and control” approach.
I have adopted kaizen into my life and business. I offer you three examples of how I applied it.
I changed blogging theme a few months ago leaving the Blog Awards page in a chaotic mess. I recently eliminated images and excess words whilst using the html unordered list function to organise and for easier handling of the layout. Readers can now read the page more easily.
Santandar was my old business bankers, who know how to sell financial products but have little understanding of business owner needs. Santandar provided me with lifetime free banking, but over time had become increasingly less customer friendly, inefficient and were making mistakes causing me problems. It was time to say goodbye to Santandar and I fired them, moving over to HSBC bankers who offered 18 months free banking and know the needs of the business customer.
Cut Mobile Phone costs by half
I have been examining all my business and personal expenditure for savings. I use a pre-pay phone with EE. On investigation I found that EE offer a range of pre-pay packages without contracts, I chose a package called Racoon that cut my mobile phone call costs immediately by half.