In Japanese, the two characters that make up Kaizen—Kai and Zen—literally mean Change and Good. The character for Zen also means Kind. Kaizen therefore is the practice of continuous improvement, which results in the greater good. Originally introduced to the West in the 1980s, Kaizen now is recognized globally as an important aspect of organizational and corporate strategies for long-term success.
At Nikken, Team Kaizen members embody the concept of continuous improvement that helps not only the individual but also helps create a Healthy Society. Recipients of this award embody the spirit of Kaizen and are the role models for leadership with Nikken.
Although Kaizen is a competitive strategy in business, it is especially congruent with the Nikken approach to living a life of Active Wellness through the 5 Pillars of Health®—that is, to constantly seek improvement in the pursuit of Healthy Mind, Body, Family, Society and Finances.
Kaizen is based on certain guiding principles to manage and build a business:
- Good processes bring good results.
- Be personally and actively involved.
- Do the research so you can manage with concrete facts.
- Take action to contain and correct the root causes of problems.
- Work as a team.
Transfer these guiding principles to Team Kaizen and we have:
- Good work habits bring good results. Consistently retailing products and sponsoring new team members helps build checks.
- A good leader has a positive attitude.
- Becoming knowledgeable about Nikken products and income opportunity . leads to a strong belief in the Nikken Marketing Plan.
- When there are obstacles, overcome them. Find solutions, be a problem solver.
- Thrive in a team environment.
Kaizen is not just about building a successful Nikken business. It really is about personal growth, staying positive and ultimately, helping others.