With over 26 years consulting and training experience across a wide range of industries, we are a small team of professionals with a clear vision – to create a sustainable competitive advantage through Kaizen.
Kaizen is a very simple concept, formed from two Japanese characters:
Kai – meaning - change
Zen – meaning - good
Combined Kaizen means ‘change for the better’ or ‘continuous improvement’ and its execution can be relatively simple. However, the results can be profound.
The western attitude of: ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ doesn’t apply to Kaizen. The Kaizen philosophy is driven by people who ‘do it better, make it better, and improve it even if it isn’t broken, because if we don’t, we can’t compete with those who do’.
Kaizen – continuous improvement has been practiced by Japanese companies for over 60 years, and their competitive advantage has been difficult for competitors to get a grip on their business systems and processes that drive product quality and diversity.
Great companies have adopted and benefited from Kaizen include: Toyota (recognised as leaders in Kaizen and the originators of Toyota Production System), Harley Davidson, Boeing, Intel Corporation, National Australia Bank, Walt Disney to name a few. What these company's share is engagement by their employees to making changes anywhere that improvements can be made.
To understand the Kaizen concept is to experience the learning from those who have gone before. Toyota is widely recognised as a pioneer in adopting a Kaizen mindset through a range of principles, processes, attitudes and beliefs that result in a culture known as The Toyota Way.
Diana Sykes, Managing Director of KAIZEN methods posess a Certificate in Lean Principals (University of SA), ten years consulting and training with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia and Kaizen Team consultant and trainer with Ricoh Australia, at KAIZEN methods, our goal is to apply Kaizen principles with your people and your business to improve your competitiveness every single day.
"Kaizen methods was instrumental in helping design and establish a enterprise wide Kaizen program at Ricoh. Since launch, the program has engaged staff right across the company to submit ideas that eliminate waste and make the company more efficient, and bring these ideas to fruition. I would have no hesitation recommending Kaizen methods to any company that’s looking to implement or improve their Kaizen program." Declan O’Rielly – Business Process Manager, Ricoh Australia