In the 6th century BC, Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher and central figure of Taoism, said:
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
To Lao’s words I’d like to add:
”That journey is completed a (baby) step at a time.”
(shame Lao didn’t get to see Bill Murray starring in “What About Bob?”)
History lesson aside, how on earth do you make that work for your career?
Kaizen is the Japanese word for ‘improvement’. Kai stands for ‘change’ and Zen for ‘good’. It’s the name given to the philosophy that focuses on gradual, continuous, and incremental improvements – in every aspect of life.
It’s the implementation of that philosophy that turned the Japanese manufacturing industry into a world superpower after it was blown to pieces during World War II.
Take it from the lion’s mouth – Toyota’s President:
‘Why do you think Toyota has been successful so far?’ ‘We’re doing the same thing we always did: we’re consistent. There’s no genius in our company. We just do whatever we believe is right, trying every day to improve every little bit and piece. But when 70 years of very small improvements accumulate, they become a revolution’ – Katsuaki Watanabe.
Now I’m determined to make Kaizen part of your modus operandi.
If you look at the upper-right hand corner of my blog (below my picture), you’ll see a box labeled: Power Boost. Inside that box, you will find easy-to-action tips that will be updated regularly. The sum of the tips will lead you to career Nirvana one step at a time – a la Kaizen style.
Power Boosts were designed as a series with the main objective to empower you to claim control of your career and keep you in the seat of power. That means that they follow a logical order which has a beginning, but not an end. It also means that you can start taking Power Boosts at any time. (What about now!) If you happen to miss one or even a few, don’t sweat it. I have them saved in an archive – and I’ll happily send them to you. (Simply send me an email or leave a comment.)
To be taken in small – concentrated doses.
It will take you a few minutes each day to action a Power Boost.
1. Reading the Power Boost – 10 seconds flat
2. Taking action NOW (Like a shot of fresh wheatgrass, it has a short shelf life) – 1 to 5 minutes, on the clock.
3. Repeating – do the math.
Start small, start NOW!