From: Norman Bodek
Sent: April 22, 2004
Kaikaku, does mean radical change, and is
also the Kaizen Blitz, which came directly from Toyota. When I brought over Toyota's
consultants (Shinjijustu) to America they would go directly to the factory floor and
create chaos, rearranging machines from silos to cells. At Jake Brake where we ran the
first event, 50 machines were moved in one night creating chaos. But, after a few months
when managers handled the changes Jake Brake was far ahead.
It is just like nature when tornados, hurricanes or forest fires cause such devastation
but then it all adjusts slowly. We must innovate and bring radical change in order to
compete internationally today and then we put people into teams and encourage them to do
continuous improvement. They work hand in hand. Without Kaikaku people will resist change,
allow "grass to grow under their feet," and then watch the work go off to China
with no one to blame but ourselves.
Strangely Toyota opens plants in America while we close them and go overseas. Toyota
relentlessly pursues perfection. I recommend that we follow.
I do hope you will read my new book Kaikaku The Power and Magic of Lean which tells about
Ohno, Shingo and the other great manufacturing geniuses. Read the book in teams and then
apply their knowledge in your company.
Ten Kaikaku commandments
1st Kaikaku commandment
2nd Kaikaku commandment
The 8th Kaikaku