A Primer: The Kaizen Blitz and How to Use It to Get Visual
July 2, 2015
Hosted by Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.
Where did the Kaizen Blitz originate? If you say Mother Toyota, you are only partly right. Tune in to Visual Workplace Radio this week as Gwendolyn Galsworth, your host and visual workplace expert, travels into history and tells you the real story behind when and how the so-called “blitz” (not its real name) arrived on our shores and what happened when it did. Dr. Galsworth fills you in on the real meaning of the term kaizen blitz—and why you may find Japanese-speaking practitioners snicker when they hear us use it. The stage is then set for her to map out how to use the blitz format to build associate-led visuality within and across departments—whether your workplace is an office or a factory floor. Learn how to set up a visual blitz, how to conduct it, and how to enlist supervisors in playing an active part. You may be surprised how much you can accomplish in a day (or even three hours)—and why longer blitzes that focus on visuality may not be advisable. Tune in/learn more.
The Visual Workplace: Work That Makes Sense
Thursday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel
You’ve heard of the visual workplace. But do you really know what that means? And do you know the crucial role it plays in operational excellence? The Visual Workplace: Work That Makes Sense offers the best in practical tools, methods, and strategies for improvement leaders who want to apply workplace visuality and harness its remarkable cultural and bottom line contribution. Visuality: you can’t get to excellence without it. Each week, award-winning author and foremost visual workplace expert, Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth, targets new learning and applications through a range of formats—case studies, interviews with business leaders and topic experts, and interaction through listener call-ins and QandA. Whether yours is a factory, hospital, military depot, bank, office or dry cleaners—get informed, get inspired, get visual. Listen to The Visual Workplace: Work That Makes Sense, airing live every Thursday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.
Gwendolyn D. Galsworth, Ph.D.
Across 30 years of hands-on implementations, Gwendolyn Galsworth, Ph.D. has nearly single-handedly created the models, concepts, and methods of workplace visuality that define visual’s distinct and powerful contribution to enterprise excellence—and to sustainable cultural and bottom line results. Dr. Galsworth is president and founder of Quality Methods International (QMI), a training, research, and consulting firm—and the QMI/Visual-Lean® Institute, where you can get trained in nine core visual workplace courses. A Shingo Prize Examiner, Gwendolyn is the author of many DVDs and books, including Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking and Work That Makes Sense, both winners of the coveted Shingo Research Prize. Her on-demand webinars and off-the-shelf training packages are rich in content and insight, each containing scores of actual visual solutions. (For more information or to make a purchase, visit www.visualworkplace.com.) Most importantly, she has honed and tested her work in companies around the world—factories, banks, hospitals, military depots, and offices—including Lockheed-Martin, Pratt/Whitney, Royal Nooteboom Trailers/Holland, Trailmobile/Canada, Bank of America, Midwest Cancer Centers, Rolls-Royce/UK, Crompton Greaves/India, Sears, United Electric Controls, and Wilson Transformer/Australia. When not on-site with clients, delivering keynotes or teaching at the Institute, Gwendolyn can be found hiking—or working on her next book.