Putting the “Zen” in Kaizen.


You might have noticed that the offi­cial name of this blog is “Kaizen.”

Kaizen” is a Japan­ese busi­ness phi­los­o­phy of “con­tin­u­ous improve­ment of work­ing prac­tices, and per­sonal effi­ciency.” We deeply believe in this phi­los­o­phy and do our best to apply it in our daily busi­ness and per­sonal lives. Kaizen comes from the Japan­ese words ? (“kai”) which means “change” or “to cor­rect,” and ? (“zen”) which means “good.” It can be loosely trans­lated as “to change and make good.”  But what really inspired this post, is the amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful doc­u­men­tary Jiro Dreams of Sushi” in which an 85-year-old Jiro Ono relent­lessly pur­sues his life­long quest to cre­ate the per­fect piece of sushi. Mr. Ono, a world-renowned sushi chef, is the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only, three-star Miche­lin Guide eatery. The restau­rant is located in a Tokyo sub­way sta­tion. Reser­va­tions have to be made months in advance. A 15-minute meal (if you are a fast eater) can eas­ily cost close to $400 per person.

The movie, as well as the unceas­ing quest for Kaizen, is a med­i­ta­tion on work and fam­ily, col­lab­o­ra­tion and the art of per­fec­tion, on doing what you love, and lov­ing what you do.

Do you con­sis­tently seek to improve your­self and become a bet­ter professional?