The Spirit of Kaizen

Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time
Narrated by: Bob Maurer
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Better not in Audiobook format

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This was really difficult for me to listen too. I kept spacing out and found it extremely difficult to focus. I think this book is better off being read in a traditional format.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Good advices but just scratching the surface

the book presents some very interesting examples, digging both from the author's own experience or from other anedoctical cases.
the chapter dealing with mistakes and how to face then wothes the entity book in my opinion.
anyway, the rest is just a quick glance, much like a quick start guide to this Kaizen, and I didn't like very much this approach.

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Not very helpful

The author describes a lot of stories but they are not very helpful in order to apply kaizen into your life. It is mainly focused on businesses stories, which I wasn't interested in.

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  • SteveJJennings
  • 02-28-16

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

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  • Mr Cy Keogh
  • 10-30-16

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.

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  • Miroslaw
  • 04-08-18

One little step at a time

A good read about the essence of Kaizen. 1 star less for the performance because I was expecting a deeper dive into use of Kaizen in practice. On the other hand it is easy to grasp the idea of Kaizen thanks to a number of examples.

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  • Alev Haddadieh
  • 12-30-15

Build up incrementally

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

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  • Marek
  • 03-23-20

Short and sweet !!

Nice and short but with powerful content ! I used it as a reminder of my kaizen training years ago and definitely will come back.

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  • Fraser Law
  • 03-04-20

Good book for Kaizen philosophy

Good length of read. Could do with more workplace case studies. Worth 4 hours of your time.

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  • George
  • 01-27-20

Good Read!

Very well written! Advises small incremental changes that can have a big impact! definitely recommend it to any one who seek to improve there performance!

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  • Tim Ingram
  • 01-20-18

What about the other side of small change?

I really do like the spirit of kaizen. But the idea of small incremental change could also be small negative change you don’t notice. The book really missed a opportunity on how to cement long term change in my opinion

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  • Simon
  • 01-17-18

keeper

loved it. would advise when facing fears that you also seek professional assistance to uncover any trapped emotions.

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  • Phil Oakley
  • 10-13-17

Fantastic explanation of the benefits of kaizen

Well worth a read if you want to understand more about the benefits of Kaizen. Although a business book there is also some great advice on how kaizen can be used personally included in the section on kaizen for health.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-20

Excellent!

An excellent listen, great explanation of the Kaizen way, narrated well. Listened twice same day.

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  • Zen & The Art of Trading
  • 02-13-19

A Must Read

I believe this is a must-read for all professionals, business owners, managers and entrepreneurs. It is filled with practical wisdom and examples of the effectiveness of continuous incremental change over radical change.