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Kaizen is a Philosophy | Kaizen Background
David Bovis, Business Consultant, United Kingdom

I am led to believe Kaizen is more of a philosophy than it is a management 'tool' - the description above may wish to include the definition of Kaizen as it is understood with a Taoist appreciation of mutual benefit "on-going goodness / benefit, no one person gaining at another's expense"
And to include the muri and mura aspects of waste in addition to the muda - i.e. to remove 'unevenness' and attain 'spiritual peace' - once these issues are addressed, the psychology that is inherent to historical theologies and philosophies can be overtly considered and understood as the founders of TPS (Editor: Toyota Production System) originally tried to portray across cultural boundaries - the current 'context' in which Kaizen as a philosophy is portrayed is testament to their failure to transfer meaning from east to west...

Kaizen History and Background
Vic Williams, Consultant, Canada
I think we can follow the kai zen thread back into zen and chinese chan. Both of those flow into dao/tao and natural patterns. The early quantum mechanics people did that, and now we get a fair number of 'quantum' consulting companies.

Kaizen Usage in the East and West
Vic Williams, Consultant, Canada
Sure. Toyota/asians are holistic thinking. They look at whole pictures.
West look at objects inside, often ignore surroundings. Different thinking basis. Asians pick a 'tool' less for the tool than to study the changes.
West, especially experts, grab tools and promote toolitis.
Asians put product in marketplace and study the results. West uses marketing survey tool to decide about selling product/service.
Kaizen then is just another thing to swap in, or a product-tool to sell expertise and answers to management.

Kaizen Flows Towards Feng Shui
Vic Williams, Consultant, Canada
The underlying patterns in kai zen match the underlying patterns in feng shui. In HK and Vancouver/Hongcouver some aspects of ergonomics and feng shui flow together.


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