Kaizen is... Very Dangerous Stuff?

Tom Peters in his 'This I Believe' puts an intriguing and fascinating end to Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) belief in order to create some thing new... the next big thing.

Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) is...Very Dangerous Stuff.
Caught with our pants down by vigorous Japanese competitors, we Americans quickly copied their essential competitive ideas, such as Total Quality Management and Kaizen. Fair enough! Brilliant, in fact! Yet these important notions are in part cornerstones of an earlier, industrial age…when winning products stayed on the shelves in showroom floors for years, even decades. Now excellence has become transient (few teams win back-to-back championships in sports, the competition and rate of improvement have become so intense); and the fact is that the Pursuit of Perfection (at todayʼs “sport”) gets in the way of ferreting out the Next
Big Thing. My de facto mentors in all this are media guru Marshall McLuhan (“If it works, itʼs obsolete”) and IT guru Nicholas Negroponte (“Incrementalism is innovationʼs worst enemy”). Excellence has become transient… the Pursuit of Perfection (at today’s “sport”) gets in the way of ferreting out the Next Big Thing.

Popular posts from this blog

Cooking looks like an unforgiving art

Did NDTV Just Twisted Words?

NDTV.Com’s Another Twisted Title : ‘have learnt from Aam Admi Party, says Rahul gandhi’