What Is Kaizen Leadership?

The Japanese word “kaizen,” roughly translated into English, means “change for the better,” so it’s no surprise that the Kaizen leadership philosophy appeals to any organization focused on productivity and efficiency – especially here at BUILT Systems. The main goal behind the Kaizen mentality is improvement. Applied to business, the philosophy is designed to improve all aspects of an organization over time, from the most meager of tasks to the highest level of management.


The Basic Ideas Of Kaizen


When observing the Kaizen philosophy in practice within a company, you’ll notice that the root causes of problems are identified, improvements are suggested and changes are made by each individual employee, whether they’re the CEO or a worker on the floor. Rather than revamping the machinations of an organization with a plan created solely at the top, a leader practicing the Kaizen philosophy takes note of feedback and insights from every member of the organization and supports the implementation of positive change at all levels.

Another crucial element of the Kaizen philosophy is the reduction of waste – though not the physical waste one might typically think of when using the word. Instead, the Kaizen concept of waste reduction involves streamlining the activities of an organization in order to reach maximum efficiency, thus cutting down on the unnecessary use of resources, such as time and money.


The Kaizen Process


When improvements are sought, problems must be acknowledged. In order for this to happen, a Kaizen leader needs to keep an eye out for any issues that can be addressed and welcome any suggested improvements – whether brought up by a veteran administrator or a new hire. Once a plan of action is decided upon, the improvement process is undertaken by everyone involved to ensure success across the board. And, in a nutshell, this is how the Kaizen leadership process works – it’s a continuous cycle in which all employees are looking out for ways in which processes can be refined and actively applying the relevant improvements.


Seeing Results


There are many reasons why the Kaizen philosophy works, with one of the most vital factors being the inclusion of workers on every level of the organization. While low-level employees might feel that their voice isn’t given its due respect under an ordinary leadership philosophy, Kaizen seeks to erase this feeling, improving employee satisfaction and resulting in enhanced productivity and enthusiasm on the job.


Reap The Benefits


Utilizing the Kaizen model as a core construct, BUILT Systems designs manufacturing equipment and custom production solutions that are highly adaptable and modular to keep up with the shifting demands of your company’s production floor. As your business implements improvements and tweaks current processes, the products at BUILT Systems will keep pace. See the results for yourself by discovering the benefits that BUILT Systems can offer you, and contact us to speak with a representative about the many ways our products can streamline your team’s work.