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Welcome to Episode 85 of ProdPod, the podcast of productivity lessons in two minutes or less. I’m Ray Sidney-Smith and I have Professional Organizer Sally Reinholdt back on ProdPod to tell us about One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by psychologist [ http://amzn.to/1lKpijP ], by Dr. Robert Maurer. So, Sally, what is The Kaizen Way?
Sally: Japanese corporations have used Kaizen for many years to achieve business goals, and to maintain excellence as well as lasting success. These three things are made possible by implementing small steady steps. Kaizen can be applied to very specific or very broad goals because applying its principles gradually eliminates resistance to people’s underlying fear of change. Low key change helps the human mind circumnavigate the fear that blocks success and creativity. Kaizen works with neuroscience and one of the things it helps overcome is the brain chemistry behind our “fight or flight” response. By taking small steps the nervous system is rewired to accept change. It has also been shown that we can actually train ourselves to perform tasks, some of which we find unpleasant, by going through them in our minds, using all our senses, before we try performing them physically.
In the next episode, we’ll cover the elements of kaizen.