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Kaizen (改善?), Japanese for "improvement" or "change for the best", refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, business management or any process. It has been applied in healthcare,[1] psychotherapy,[2] life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions, and involves all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. Overview[edit] The Sino-Japanese word "kaizen" simply means "good change", with no inherent meaning of either "continuous" or "philosophy" in Japanese dictionaries or in everyday use. In modern usage, it is designed to address a particular issue over the course of a week and is referred to as a "kaizen blitz" or "kaizen event".[8][9] These are limited in scope, and issues that arise from them are typically used in later blitzes. History[edit] Implementation[edit] Related:  POSITIVITY

How You Can Help Someone in a Controlling Relationship By Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, Special to Everyday Health Do you have a friend or family member who is controlled by a spouse or partner — isolated, degraded, and micromanaged? Whether or not the relationship includes physical violence, he or she may be a victim of a type of abuse that is called “coercive control.” It is hard to watch someone you care about suffer at the hands of a controlling partner or ex-partner. You may feel like rescuing the victim. You may feel like killing the abuser. Don’t give up. Isolation poses the greatest risk in coercive control. Controlling relationships have their ups and downs. However, there are some things you can do: Let the victim know your concerns in a nonjudgmental way. When loved ones are completely under their partners’ control, there may not be much we can do other than to stay connected and gently help them see those times when the abusers’ words and actions do not match.

Toyota Production System The Toyota Production System (TPS) is an integrated socio-technical system, developed by Toyota, that comprises its management philosophy and practices. The TPS organizes manufacturing and logistics for the automobile manufacturer, including interaction with suppliers and customers. The system is a major precursor of the more generic "lean manufacturing." Taiichi Ohno, Shigeo Shingo and Eiji Toyoda developed the system between 1948 and 1975.[1] Goals[edit] Waste of over production (largest waste)Waste of time on hand (waiting)Waste of transportationWaste of processing itselfWaste of stock at handWaste of movementWaste of making defective products The elimination of waste has come to dominate the thinking of many when they look at the effects of the TPS because it is the most familiar of the three to implement. Origins[edit] This system, more than any other aspect of the company, is responsible for having made Toyota the company it is today. Principles[edit] Continuous Improvement[edit]

19. Skills You'll Need to Beat Anxiety {*style:<b> Anxiety and Perfectionism 1. The Ability to Tolerate Uncertainty </b>*} Studies have shown that intolerance of uncertainty is a key factor in anxiety and depression ( Study example ). Intolerance of uncertainty is anxiety when you can't be 100 percent sure a negative event won't happen. People who can't tolerate uncertainty often avoid situations, procrastinate, ressurance seek, delay taking action, do excessive checking, and refuse to delegate. Rumination is when you're repeatedly bothered by a worry thought. If you can learn to recognize when you're ruminating, you can use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques , defusion techniques , or mindfulness techniques to help you stop ruminating. The key is recognizing thought distortions is to ask yourself what thoughts you're having when you feel distressed. Mindfulness techniques help reduce anxiety and increase willpower . Photo credit: Mikamatto via photopin . cc .

3 Ways to Control Your Dreams Steps Method 1 of 3: Recording your dreams 1Buy a small notebook. This will be your dream journal, or a dream diary. In your dream journal, you'll write down what you hope to dream and what you remember dreaming. Set the journal close to your bed and keep a pen nearby so that you can quickly write down what happened in the dreams you remember when you wake up. 3Every morning, as soon as you wake up, write down your dream. Method 2 of 3: Practicing wakefulness 1Read through your target dream. 3Walk through your target dream. Method 3 of 3: Getting control in dreams 1Try "reality checks" throughout the day. 3Gradually build up to bigger activities. Tips Sleep in a quiet area with no distractions whatsoever (no laptop or iPad!). Ad Warnings You will not immediately be able to control your dreams. Article Info Featured Article Categories: Featured Articles | Dreams Recent edits by: Hailey Girges, Rustdustbust, Confusionist In other languages:

Training and development Training and development involves improving the effectiveness of organizations and the individuals and teams within them.[1] Training may be viewed as related to immediate changes in organizational effectiveness via organized instruction, while development is related to the progress of longer-term organizational and employee goals. While training and development technically have differing definitions, the two are oftentimes used interchangeably and/or together. Training and development has historically been a topic within applied psychology but has within the last two decades become closely associated with human resources management, talent management, human resources development, instructional design, human factors, and knowledge management.[1] History[edit] The first training-related article was published in 1918 in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Practice[edit] Training and development encompasses three main activities: training, education, and development.[7][8][9] Benefits[edit]

Confused about helping women abused by male partners? Stage 3 STAGE 1 How to help women abused and controlled by male partnersSTAGE 2 Feeling bemused about helping women abused by male partnersSTAGE 3 Confused about helping women abused by male partners?STAGE 4 Helping women who are refusing to be abusedSTAGE 5 Women mentally bruised by male partners: How to help When women start to develop a determination to prepare for seeking change it does not mean it becomes easy for friends and family to know how to support her. At this third stage in women’s process of making sense of one-sided power and control by a male partner, Dienemann and colleagues (2007) suggest women are considering change and looking at their options. Confusion is really starting to set in for women at this stage Being confused means women may stop blaming themselves, while at the same time still make excuses for their partner’s abuse, but start to realise he is choosing to do this to her as she has given him many opportunities to change and stop. References: Burman, Sondra. (2003).

Strategic Intent The Idea in Brief If your company is struggling to outsmart formidable rivals, beware the flaws of traditional strategic planning approaches. They cause managers to misjudge the threat posed by more inventive and determined players, and prompt them to scale down their competitive aspirations to match current resources. Managers who secure a leadership position for their company approach strategy from a very different angle. The Idea in Practice Turn Strategic Intent into Reality Picture strategic intent as a marathon run in 400-meter sprints. Create a sense of urgency. Stay Ahead of Your Competition With scarcer resources than your rivals’, you need to continually outsmart your better-financed competition. Build layers of advantages. Sixteen years ago, when Gary Hamel, then a lecturer at London Business School, and C.K. Hamel and Prahalad argue that Western companies focus on trimming their ambitions to match resources and, as a result, search only for advantages they can sustain.

Understanding Intuition and How the Mind Works Steve Jobs, in his famous Stanford University Commencement Address (2005), advised students not to let the “noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice”, but rather “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”. Few psychologists would deny that we possess a subtle mind that can be a great source of strength, joy, and creative insight. However, as psychological scientists, our task is to understand how the subtle, ‘intuitive’ mind works and thus avoid any simple-minded, romantic proclamations. Perhaps by seeking to understand how our intuitions can deceive us we can learn to master our subtle, intuitive mind and cultivate greater strength, joy, and creative and reflective capacities. Notably, it has become fashionable to argue that intuitive methods of thinking and deciding are superior to analytical methods. The inspiration for came from one simple experiment carried out by its authors, involving a gorilla beating its chest on a basketball court.

An Easy Health Plan and Workout Plan Editor’s Note: This guest post was by Mike O’Donnell a professional fitness coach and trainer. His blog can be seen at The IF Life Fred Flintstone is not my idea of a real caveman as he had a car (albeit powered by a foot engine), worked sitting on a dinosaur, and got his food from a drive-thru (we have all seen where the brontosaurus ribs tipped over his car). But if you look at the overall health and fitness of the Paleolithic (or “hunter and gather” period from 10,000 years ago) cavemen, they were all pretty strong, not overweight by today’s standards, and did not suffer from modern degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancers. Most people will argue “Well they had an average shorter life span compared to today,” which actually is true but not for the reasons some think. Cavemen lifted heavy things Caveman sprinted and walked for survival Survival meant making sure they had something to eat and not being the dinner for something else. Lift heavy stuff

Business process management Business process management (BPM) is a discipline in operations management in which people use various methods to discover, model, analyze, measure, improve, optimize, and automate business processes.[1][2] Any combination of methods used to manage a company's business processes is BPM.[3] Processes can be structured and repeatable or unstructured and variable. Though not required, enabling technologies are often used with BPM.[1] It can be differentiated from program management in that program management is concerned with managing a group of inter-dependent projects. Key distinctions between process management and project management are repeatability and predictability. As an approach, BPM sees processes as important assets of an organization that must be understood, managed, and developed to announce and deliver value-added products and services to clients or customers. ISO 9000 promotes the process approach to managing an organization. Definitions[edit] Changes[edit] Life-cycle[edit]

Top 10 Traits That Separate A Warrior From A Victim Boris Vallejo During my mental strength coaching over the past 5+ years I have observed certain traits that people exhibit. To generalize, they fall either into the “warrior” category, or the “victim” category. I’ve taken what I consider to be the 10 traits of a warrior and a victim and provided them below. This table is far from all inclusive, but as you read them, be honest with yourself and think about how many times a day are you on each side. The goal here is to be aware of where you are and then decide is where you are is where you want to be. Below is a pic version of the table so that you can save it, print it out and review it through out the day. Start today to move from the right side of the table to the left side by picking up a copy of Develop the Mental Strength of a Warrior now! Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress. More on mental strength...

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