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The Spirit of Kaizen Audiobook

The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time

UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.
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The easy-to-implement guide to driving organizational change by applying the proven concept of kaizen

UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

©2012 Robert Maurer (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Oliver Copenhagen 04-20-14
    Oliver Copenhagen 04-20-14

    I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's not for me. No actionable advice. Just anecdotes.


    What could Bob Maurer and Leigh Ann Hirschman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Include some actionable advice. And target it a tad more broadly, so it's not just for leaders of big corporations.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick United States 01-08-14
    Patrick United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2015

    Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!

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    "A must for anyone that wants to achieve."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Spirit of Kaizen to be better than the print version?

    Yes and No. This is a great book regardless of how you get the information. Most important is to get this information that develops yourself, organization, and your team. Provides endless examples of team approach, how to get the best out of yourself and others, how to prepare for whatever you want to accomplish. This is a well put together book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The UltimateTeam for Progress


    Any additional comments?

    This book applies management 101 principles coupled with science and easy approaches to change the world one incremental change at a time. One of the most structured books i've listened to in a while.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Signal Mountain, TN, USA 03-11-13
    Ryan Signal Mountain, TN, USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2002
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    "The Why of Kaizen"
    If you could sum up The Spirit of Kaizen in three words, what would they be?

    Why Kaizen works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors do a great job explaining why Kaizen works and show several ways to implement the concept into daily life.


    What about Bob Maurer’s performance did you like?

    Easy listening. Well produced.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict 02-13-14
    Benedict 02-13-14 Member Since 2016

    Benedict

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    "Financially valuable book..."

    This is a brief book. It tells the story of how great success can be had simply by making a small, completely inexpensive, change in things to improve the fortunes of your life or your company (or Country?).

    I barely was able to finish the book because I was bored, but somewhere along the way I realized I, too, could make a small change in my life and thus save $1,000 to $2,000 per year in after-tax savings/expenses in my own budget.

    So a short book, but quite valuable. I recommend it to everyone just to have the principle in mind, for life. One day great dividends can be reaped. This is for CEOs and the rest of us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan 05-14-16
    Juan 05-14-16
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    "For a bold change in your life"

    It is an easy book to understand and assimilate the small steps necessary to begin changing your life on key aspects. Start living a happier life thru continuous learning with patience. This is a rewarding journey, life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "kaizen is good"

    its great if you follow small and consistent steps path towards your goal. thank you

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    Michael 09-15-15
    Michael 09-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Priceless"

    Very important concept. The way of the future in a world of growing population, technology and limited resources. It is also an invitation to the forgotten virtues of self discipline, frugality and the work well done. Should be taught in high school.

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    MIKEVMI07 05-03-15
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    "Intro to excellence. "

    I will read this again. This book is a great way to apply the concepts of kaizen beyond manufacturing/production.

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    Amazon Customer 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Once isn't enough!!"

    Stellar!! I've just completed and diving right back in for a 2nd read.

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    Pedro 02-24-15
    Pedro 02-24-15
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    "Good theory"

    It has some good insights a chapter summary at the end of each chapter would help.

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    2/28/16
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    "The best, most useful book I've read since..."

    The best, most useful book I've read since The Chimp Paradox. Thank you Bob, I'm going to buy a copy for each of my staff

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    12/30/15
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    "Build up incrementally "

    This is a great book to build up incrementally and apply it on your project.The spirit of Kaizen lives on....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MarkPT
    5/9/16
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    "Good theory, could have been better story"

    I like the Kaizen theory and what it stands for, but found the narration a little tedious and it could have gone a bit more Indepth with its uses,

    Having said that- if it was longer I probably might not have lasted!!

    If you're looking for mindset, coaching, self improvement or management books amor ideas to implement its definitely worth a try

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  • Amazon Customer
    Birkenhead, UK
    4/3/16
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    "Extremely easy to understand powerful ideas"

    This really made me think. I found the linking of kaizen to psychology a very powerful idea. It's a lot more coherent than things like NLP, and gives you useful ideas you can use straight away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria Latronico
    8/23/15
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Spirit of Kaizen the most enjoyable?

    The way fundamental concepts are dealt with. The book is very easy to understand even though the content presented is quite intense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spirit of Kaizen?

    When the authors explains how small changes in the attitude and behaviours versus the staff can have positive impact in the company production and on the overall company economy.


    What about Bob Maurer’s performance did you like?

    Definitely yes, and I will certainly recommend this book.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    With Kaizen is possible to have positive changes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best book I read recently, it makes you reflect and absorb such an important concept. When the book is easy to understand and is written in a conversational style, it is very easy to remember the concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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