Let’s start at the beginning. What is Continuous Improvement (CI)?
CI is a process that consists of a series of consistent small action steps that create incremental progress and forward motion—or real change. That is to say, CI systems increase effectiveness and efficiency. Interesting, right?
Continuous Improvement cycles are common in Industry and manufacturing. For instance, many companies use the famous Deming Cycle—Plan-Do-Study-Act (PSCA)—to improve product quality, save time and reduce production cost.
Actually, Edwards Deming, father of CI, utilized the principles of continuous improvement to bring the Japanese economy back to life after World War II.
Yes, indeed. According to Wikipedia:
“Many in Japan credit Deming as one of the inspirations for what has become known as the Japanese post-war economic miracle of 1950 to 1960, when Japan rose from the ashes of war on the road to becoming the second-largest economy in the world through processes partially influenced by the ideas Deming taught.”
What elite performers know about Continuous Improvement
Simply put, elite professionals know CI systems make miracles happen and they use CI to their advantage—or to get better at their craft.
Coach Bill Belichick has used CI principles to build a dynasty in New England Patriots and to win 6 Super Bowls. Similarly, Phil Jackson applied CI strategies to win 11 NBA championships. And the list goes on and on…
Why aren’t you using the CI principles in your career? What’s holding you back?
Waiting is not the right strategy. Instead, applying CI principles in your career will help you work smarter.
I also use CI to help professionals increase their savoir-faire and spend their energy wisely. Together, we take consistent and intentional action-steps that lead to tangible progress and results.
My question for you is, “Wouldn’t you want to use CI to escape the job market competition?”