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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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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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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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Boring Waffle

Nothing of action in the book, just waffle, long winded stories people could care less about and then more waffle

Boring book.

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  • 08-04-18

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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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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really good book

i already knew Bout the concept but going through the book proved very beneficial. it helps you really understand the importance of microsteps and convinces you that small changes are often faster than big changes. life is not q sprint, it is a marathon

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Really good explanation of Kaizen and how it works

Quick look into how and why Kaizen works and ideas to get it all started.

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Psichology applied to business

Entertaining book with multiple anecdotes and examples, some already described in other books I read. It is more of a self-improvement book than a business one, but nice to listen anyway.

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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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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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  • 08-01-14

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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  • Ryan
  • 11-03-13

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.

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  • urvois
  • 10-07-14

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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  • Benedict
  • 13-02-14

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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  • Oliver Nielsen
  • 20-04-14

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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  • Danielle
  • 22-09-17

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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  • Izwan Megat
  • 01-03-17

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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  • Mark
  • 16-02-17

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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  • Julio Valdes
  • 08-05-21

Fantastic book!!

Great and solid way to achieve excellence with small steps one day at a time.

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  • Dinesh Pednekar
  • 14-09-20

Kaizen for Business

Small steps by Dr. Maurer for business application. Simple application in everyday tasks for folks in any profession. Thanks!