We have learned that success in the current crisis is based on an optimistic attitude, but this often requires that the top management of a company live and breathe the idea of Continuous Improvement.
“It is important to start in the leadership team because this is the basis for alignment throughout the entire company. It gives us the language to cooperate”, says Juha Heljakka, pointing to the challenge of overcoming the lack of communication and direction among different departments within a company.
Coordination in the leadership team requires a critical thinking process that is often avoided in board rooms. In KAIZEN™ terms, critical thinking includes five steps to define the organization's objectives, which promotes discussion and consequent calibration of all those involved. The leadership team is therefore constantly challenged to commit to disruptive goals. This type of breakthrough objective should be almost impossible to achieve as seen from the current situation. This thinking makes it possible to identify what is preventing the business from growing, and to let go of old paradigms that caused the original weaknesses.
The key is to combine these breakthrough objectives with daily management practices where these new standards are adopted as the new way of working in a habit-building process. Developing these new behaviours can take up to 27 consecutive days of applying the new standards, supported by Daily KAIZEN™ and enabled by Leaders’ KAIZEN™ through the checking of standards day after day. “Working this way helped us to make KAIZEN™ the core of our business system. It is now a powerful tool for daily management, and it excels in strategizing the future”, summarizes Juha Heljakka.
In summary, when strategy becomes a business’ daily business, breakthrough objectives are applied with Daily KAIZEN™ and this can multiply the results three to five times in comparison with traditional improvement approaches.
Fig. 1: Shifting paradigms by combining breakthrough objectives with Daily KAIZEN™
Interested in reading how visualizing the strategy in a simple yet consistent and uncompromising way can help to gain traction in the entire organization? Watch out for the next blog post to be published on Tuesday, December20th!