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The Spirit of Kaizen Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Patrick United States 01-08-14
    Patrick United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2017

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Nielsen Copenhagen, Denmark 04-20-14
    Oliver Nielsen Copenhagen, Denmark 04-20-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "Yadda yadda yadda"
    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 03-11-13
    Ryan 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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    Izwan Megat Houston, TX 03-01-17
    Izwan Megat Houston, TX 03-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Average level story, nothing to compelling"

    The narraterncan definitely be a bit enthusiastic. I struggled to finish the book, even when I run when listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark South Bend, IN, United States 02-16-17
    Mark South Bend, IN, United States 02-16-17 Member Since 2014

    It's not about guns, It's about freedom

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    "Help me tremendou with the understanding of Kaizen"

    Much more enjoyable than I thought it would be I thought it would just be another boring Business book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    urvois esquibien, France 07-10-14
    urvois esquibien, France 07-10-14 Member Since 2012

    business books fan

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    "little by little"

    great book which goes way pass the title, the voice is nice to listen too, and the advices are plentifull, as well as life exemple. A great read, it will be on my 2014 best list for business book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict 02-13-14
    Benedict 02-13-14 Member Since 2016

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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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    james clark 06-14-17
    james clark 06-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Helpful and thoughtful insights"

    The book was a good listen. I found little nuggets of information that where new. it also was a good review of things I have already learned on my improvement path.

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    adrian 03-06-17
    adrian 03-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing book"

    i was using Kaizen without me knowing it. I'm the living proof that small some times tinny daily actions can and will change your life.

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    "Small Steps"

    I found the ideas brought forth so simplistic and easily attainable that at first glance not very worthwhile. However, the wisdom in practicing taking action in small steps becomes a creative act to self-improvement without the stress of expecting immediate results.

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  • Mr Cy Keogh
    10/30/16
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    "Kaizen change therapy"

    Not quite what I expected, but nonetheless excellent. I was familiar with kaizen as an engineer's process improvement tool, or more accurately 'philosophy'. Maurer' background as a clinical psychologist adds a new dimension in explaining WHY kaizen might succeed in helping us to deal with resistance to change, and what we might do to overcome the obstacles. Many useful anecdotal illustrations. His delivery was calm and believable, as one might expect from a doctor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SteveJJennings
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alev Haddadieh
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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
  • Robert Hodson
    6/20/17
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    "brilliant ideas and principles"

    really great resource for anyone looking to make lasting changes in their life and business

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  • Mr. C. S. Richardson
    3/11/17
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    "fantastic book"

    really enjoyed this book, its short but offers up some challenging thinking points. it wont be the last time i listen.

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  • Mr. C. A. Ewers
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    1/28/17
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    "Disappointing"

    Narrators voice is so monotone it's difficult to listen to for more than 15 minutes at a time.

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  • Paweł Grudzień
    9/15/16
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    "not exactly life changer"

    but I liked a few ideas. some examples were very spoof but some were excellent. overall was good

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  • scmoore
    8/28/16
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    "the spirit of kaizen"

    this is an excellent book packed with useful information and examples. best of all the narrative was clear and easily understood.

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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