Gemba Tales Blog
In the fall of 2009, I launched Gemba TalesTM in anticipation of the Kaizen Event Fieldbook. Truthfully, it was something that I was told authors do - “You need to have a blog to promote your book.”
Well, sort of.
Blogs, in my opinion, should emanate less from a marketing imperative and more from a sense of sharing and community. That’s a whole lot more fulfilling.
I was recently working in Indonesia at one of the largest pulp and paper mills in the world. One evening we were invited to the company's continuous improvement awards ceremony.
On a quarterly basis they recognize kaizen teams that have excelled.
I see the same cycle in so many places.
This one, more or less:
Step 1. Altruistic leaders sincerely (?) ask the associates for their improvement ideas (a.k.a. suggestions, kaizens, CI’s, etc.) in an attempt to foment some daily kaizen.
Step 2. Associates (not all of them), somewhat skeptically, call leadership’s bluff and submit their ideas.