๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†โ€ฆ

When you break down the entomology of the word you can see that it is made up of two different words. 

๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ถ – which means โ€œchangeโ€ and ๐—ญ๐—ฒ๐—ป – which means โ€œgoodโ€ or โ€œbetterโ€. When you put them together you get something to the effect of โ€œchange for the betterโ€. 

So not necessarily continuous improvement, but it does speak to the need for change in order for things to have a better outcome than what you currently have.

You could think about it in this context as well: 

๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™˜๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™–๐™ง ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™š๐™—๐™ช๐™ž๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ž๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ.

To me this is what kaizen is about โžก๏ธ It is about changing our processes, our businesses or ourselves for the purpose of getting better. And more often then naught this can be a painful process and we have a tendency to back away from it.

When we use the term โ€œcontinuous improvementโ€ I think we glaze over how hard the change can really be. But it can be the best thing you ever do for yourself or your business.

Change is often messy and can feel like a tearing apart in the process of rebuilding something. The picture that comes to mind for me is that of a Phoenix.

The bird must literally die and turn to ash in order to be reborn into a brand new beautiful creature. This is what I think of when I think of kaizen and what I have seen happen with people and processes. 

This is why I have a tattoo of a Phoenix on my back, to remind me where Iโ€™ve been, of my past and that I am not that person anymore.

What picture comes to mind for you when you think about kaizen?

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