The Creation of Real Value and Meaningful Life - KAIZENfs
Mission and Key Elements for becoming a True World-Class Company
Many of us believe that, as employees, the work we are
engaged in is valuable and that it will, after devoting
long hours and expending hard effort, one day result in
the creation of a unique product or manufacturing process.
Regrettably, in too many cases this is a false belief. Rather
than striving to create something new, we are, unaware,
more or less replicating what exists already. Oftentimes
this is the unfortunate consequence of not sharing information
-- specifically, technological and conceptual information
-- a situation that is ironic given the fact that we live
in an information-bombarded society, surrounded by state-of-the-art
technologies for finding knowledge.
Directing employees to produce something new, gives meaningful life to those
workers. In contrast, spending long hours of arduous work to produce something
that already exists in the marketplace (perhaps even better) is a waste of time
and talent, and demoralizing to workers.
This is the tragedy of not sharing information, particularly technological
and conceptual information.
We must change our way of thinking to focus our intellectual effort on improving
the technology and products that we have, not creating more of the same.
For example, if you are building a new car, you must separate what should be
done in and outside of the manufacturing cell in order to
conduct a quick changeover. You should not attempt to start
everything from scratch in the cell even if it is a new
product. The effort should be focused on how to utilize
the newest existing technological theory and standardized
Our mental effort should be concentrated on continuous improvement of technological
theory, product standardization, and the standardization of engineering and functionality
of products and components.
This is the approach that should be applied not only to the research &
development department but also to production engineering, manufacturing process
engineering, sales and marketing and manufacturing floor.
By addressing these issues, you will be able to minimize
lead-time from new product research & development through
mass production, reduce cost, maximize product quality and
reliability and reduce the number of components that have
to be managed. Employees truly desire to work, when they
know they are contributing new and needed advancements,
and thus you will achieve the high intensity, high-level
work you seek. The forceful energy that touches other peoplefs
hearts, the vitality that is contagious to others, will
infuse your company and society.
This is my approach to the creation of Real Value and giving a person sense
of worth. This is the purpose of KAIZEN to create a true World Class Company.
April 23, 2005