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The book is only a pointer - you have to do all the thinking yourself
on 15 April 2016
I first came across the idea of kaizen at work where I work in a team using kanban, although the kaizen aspect of it we are not really applying to its fullest. I bought this because the idea of applying kaizen in one's personal life seemed attractive. The main problem is that, like all American-style self-help books, it is filled with highly specific case histories which often have little relevance to you or I, and there is usually very little in the way of general principles to take away from these. Taking it down the the fundamentals, it's about asking oneself "what small change can I make, right now, to improve [what you want to improve]?" Ultimately only the reader can answer that question, and the book won't answer it for you.