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Kaizen has been implemented in just about every country that manufactures throughout the world. Not dependent on the language or education level of the workforce, it has been mastered by company presidents as well as entry-level workers. Previous knowledge of manufacturing or a special formula is not required to implement kaizen. However, it does require an open mind and a willingness to try anything. The thinking is, it is better to try and fail than to wait for the perfect time to begin. Failures are a sign of learning and trying. A kaizen event offers an immediate opportunity for workers to become team members. Everyone likes to be a member of a team. Good things get even better when they can be shared. All team members are considered equal and everyone has a chance to contribute. There are no ranks, no politics, and implementation of ideas is immediate. All ideas are good. And, the hard work not only benefits the company, but the workers themselves, making their jobs easier.
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