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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

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Introducing the practical and inspirational guide to incorporating Kaizen and its powerful principles into one's daily life. Rooted in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching--"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"--Kaizen is the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments. Kaizen is the tortoise versus the hare ...more
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Published June 1st 2004 by Workman Publishing (first published 2004)
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Wafaa Golden
Nov 18, 2015 Wafaa Golden rated it really liked it
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يتحدّث الكتاب عن مبدأ الكايزن
ومعناه باختصار اتّخاذ خطوات بسيطة للوصول لإنجازات عظيمة..

الكتاب قيّم الفكرة
ومليء بالأمثلة الواقعيّة المحفّزة..

وجدتُ نفسي أطبّق قانون الكايزن في حياتي ومشاريعي قبل أن أسمع بالكايزن أو أقرأ هذا الكتاب..
والسّبب أن مرجعيتي الأولى هي كلمات حبيبنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلّم
والذي لم يدع منحى من مناحي الحياة إلّا أشار إليه ووضع له الحلول والأساليب المناسبة..
وقد يرد هنا سؤال..
يعني هل كان رسولنا الكريم على اطّلاع بمبدأ الكايزن؟!!!ا
أو ربّما يقول قائل ها أنت تفعلين كما يفعل
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Kerfe
Feb 02, 2013 Kerfe rated it it was amazing
Last fall Megan McArdle wrote a piece for The Daily Beast titled "What's Wrong with Self-Help Books?" We all read them, and why not? As she says: "I have not noticed that the people who surround me at conferences and social gatherings are so perfect as to require no futher improvement." Yet for most people there is some shame involved in admitting they get useful advice from these kinds of books.

But it can. And it did.

I think I read about Maurer's book in Elle magazine, right when it was publish
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Laura
What a terrific book! Do you remember the film "What About Bob" with Bill Murray? This book, written by an expert in motivation with a background in therapy, teaches the concept of kaizen, or continuous improvement.

Don't be overwhelmed by a big challenge. Attack it in teeny steps. Each day, walk forward, just one small step. And watch the big become small.

From the back flap: As one client succinctly put it, 'the steps are so small, I couldn't fail'. And as far as being too busy to solve a prob
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Ahmed Almawali
كان أول ما سمعت هذه الكلمة (الكايزن) من الراحل الفقي بأسلوبه المحفّز المثير، ظننت أصلُها وأسّها ياباني، إلا أن الكاتب روبرت موريور يبدأ كتابه بالقول بأنها أمريكية الأصل انتقلت بعدها إلى اليابان بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية؛ لتصبح عقيدة يؤمن بها اليابانيون
اصنع أسئلة صغيرة، اعمل أعمالا صغيرة، فكر بأفكار صغيرة، قدّم مكافآت صغيرة، انتبه للحظات صغيرة، كل ما يدور حوله هذا الكتاب
الأميجدولا محور يقوم حوله الكتاب، فعلى رأي الكاتب أن الأعمال الكبيرة، والتغييرات المعقدة المركبة التي ننوي تغييرها في نمط حياتن
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Brandon Tom
Mar 14, 2011 Brandon Tom rated it liked it
In "One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way," Robert Maurer, Ph.D., makes the case that, because people are resistant to dramatic changes, trying to improve your life through drastic measures (such as giving up smoking cold-turkey or going on a crash diet) usually leads to failure (although the author admits this is not always the case). Instead he recommends that we take small, almost insignificant steps towards our goals. In doing so, we lessen our resistance to change and therefor ...more
Ramy
Mar 08, 2016 Ramy rated it really liked it
تعرفت على كلمة او مفهوم الكايزن من الكتاب السابق
اضغط الزر و انطلق
و من حلقة ل احمد الشقيرى عن اليابان و كونسيبت الكايزن

كتبت ف ريفيو سابق لاحد كتب التنمية البشرية ان ما فى الكتاب يلخصه الرسول الكريم معلمنا الاول منذ 1400 فى احاديثه النبوية للصحابة
و اليوم اكرر نفس الكلام....
"خير الامور ادومها و ان قل"
"ان المؤمن كيس فطن ان الدين يسر و لن يشاد الدين احد الا غلبه فعليكم ب الغدوة و الروحة و شىء من الدلجة"

صدق رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم
يعنى الانسان يوم ما ينوى يقوم باحد اعمال الخير لا يبدأ ب الكثير
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Srikanth Srk
Apr 15, 2016 Srikanth Srk rated it it was amazing
One of the interesting books to read. The core concept is to focus on small things be it small thoughts, small actions, small problems, small rewards and so forth which will help everyone to achieve big. If there are moments for one to worry that there are plenty of big things that we have on our plate, there is always a momentum with series of small steps in all big things to pay attention to and the author introduces the wonderful approach named "Kaizen" that entirely helps us to crack the sma ...more
Klaasje
Nov 11, 2015 Klaasje rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leerzaam
Ik ben een alles of niks type. Dat is misschien prima als je dan voor alles gaat en daar heel goed in bent, met voldoende energie en weinig stress. Maar dat heb ik dus niet, ik wil zoveel dat ik dicht sla en alles te snel verandert in niks. Daarbij heb ik na 36 jaar toch eindelijk geleerd dat teveel te snel willen (veranderen) zelden gebeurt vanuit een positief gevoel. Meestal is het onvrede waardoor je alles ineens helemaal anders gaat doen, negativiteit dus. En helaas wordt dat vaak aangemoedi ...more
Ewurama
Sep 25, 2008 Ewurama rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Good books inspire, soothe, excite, amaze, motivate, confound, delight, intrigue—or do any number of other good things—maybe not all at once, but without fail they bring something extra to the table. I would argue that every really good book will get you thinking, and some will even get you acting differently. By this measure, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way is a good book.

Kaizen is a Japanese word that refers to "achieving great and lasting success through small, s
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Jenny
Feb 03, 2009 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. It's simple and quick, but very insightful and life changing. I feel so empowered, like I can actually make the millions of changes in my life that I want and need to make. This book teaches Kaizen principles -- the concept that small steps have a much longer lasting effect in our lives than when we try to make big leaps. One small step truly can change our lives. I loved it. I'm not one for self help books, and I would consider this in that category, but it reall ...more
Eugene Kok
Dec 06, 2012 Eugene Kok rated it it was amazing
An awesome book, it just shows that one small step per day can really shape some one's life, the author mentioned that humans brain are designed such a way to resist change, that's why even though we know going for exercise and continuously studying or even typing when your hands are tired can be good, but the body and mind would just resist it, but by doing small things that matters and gradually can lead to a big change for everyone.
Amanda
Nov 04, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was fantastic for those looking to achieve goals of all sizes. I will definitely come back to this book in the future to read again.
tomlinton
Jan 02, 2009 tomlinton rated it really liked it
Back in the nineties
when I was Deming fan
Kaizen was my favorite word
I read a lot about it
I approved of continuous improvement
How in the world
did I overlook the philosophy
of small affordable changes
rather than revolution?
Tarek
Sep 23, 2011 Tarek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books4exchange
كتاب رائع

يتحدث عن فكرة ان الإنسان لا يستطيع ان يبدأ شيئا و يكون عظيما منذ بدأه

كل شىء عظيم يبدأ بسيطا

هكذا كل شىء
الشركات الأكبر بدات بشركات صغيرة جدا
Bdalton
Jun 14, 2015 Bdalton rated it really liked it
This small, powerful book proposes that an idea that was originally used by the Americans to transform World War II factory productivity can be used by individuals to transform their lives. The philosophy is simple. Great changes can be made through small steps. The American cultural approach to dealing with self-improvement is to make a goal and to assault the goal. The reptilian brain resists change of all types. The basic science behind Kaizen is:

Large goal = fear = access to cortex restricte
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Michelle
Sep 18, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book, although I don't generally read self-help books I didn't have any trouble getting through it.

It isn't the best book, certainly. The author likes to pat himself on the back a lot (there is a lot of mention of Christmas cards he receives from past patients and mistakes multi-million dollar corporations have made that could have been avoided if they had only listened to him) which can be kind of irritating, and there were parts that I thought that the writing w
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George Rodriguez
Jul 22, 2013 George Rodriguez rated it it was ok
Shelves: success
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way is a nice little book. It clocks in at under 200 pages and has a somewhat interesting premise. Based on the Japanese technique of Kaizen, or continuous improvement through small steps, the author lays out a plan that follows that logic.

I would classify this book as a Twitter book because you can sum it up in 140 characters or less. ”Start small and celebrate every improvement you make on the road to success.”

And when the author says small, he m
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John
Feb 11, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
When I saw this audio book in the library, I was a little skeptical, as it seemed like a kind of hokey self-improvement book. However, I was really impressed by both the general ideas and the specific actions suggested throughout.

Very often, we (particularly we in America or we in a "Western" culture) think of change in grand terms. We make New Year's resolutions that are hugely ambitious in scope--how we will go to the gym every day, while also strictly adhering to a perfect diet, and treating
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Warren
This book made me cry. Dr Robert Maurer is a physiologist and consultant. He weaves intimate stories of personal transformation, with case studies in organisational transformation. In doing so he links individuals' personal perspectives and feelings with the choices and actions we may take to benefit ourselves, our families and our organisations.
The 'Kaizen' and 'continuous improvement' information is provided in a gentle that supports the narratives of people overcoming their own difficulties
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هشام عبد الرحيم
خير العمل أدومه وإن قل
Saad Mohamed
Apr 07, 2016 Saad Mohamed rated it really liked it
الحمد لله انتهيت من قراءة الكتاب دا ... الكتاب دا بجد رااااائع رااااااائع
بيتكلم عن انك مثلا حابب تغير حاجه عندك بس كل مره تقول هغيرها ومش بتغير ..
مثال مثلا نفسك تتعلم انجليزي فبتقول انا نفسي اتعلم انجليزي ... هنا عندك منطقتين في دماغك واحده هتفكر والتانيه بتاع comfort zone ا
فاول ماتقول انا عاوز اتعلم انجليزي المنطقه بتاع الراحه هتحس ان فيه خطر هتقعد تخلقلك كل الاسباب اللي تخليك مش تكمل انك تتعلم انجليزي زي مثلا تقول معنديش وقت .. اصله صعب الخ الخ

طيب ايه الخطوات اللي الكتاب بيقولك امشي عليها عش
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Johnny Graber
Jan 14, 2015 Johnny Graber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kleine Schritte sehen nach wenig aus und helfen dennoch dabei grosse Ziele zu erreichen. Im Buch von Robert Maurer geht es um Kaizen, die von den Japanern optimierte Methode um in kleinen Schritten grosse Verbesserungen herbeizuführen. Den meisten ist dies wohl durch den Autobauer Toyota bekannt, der mittels Kaizen in wenigen Jahren zu einem Weltkonzern aufgestiegen ist.



Auch für den Alltag empfiehlt es sich grössere Vorhaben die viel Zeit beanspruchen mit ganz kleinen Schritten zu starten - vor
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Sara Amourgha
May 20, 2015 Sara Amourgha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جميل وممتع في قراءته
(Angel Anas) Anas Shahrour
Feb 25, 2016 (Angel Anas) Anas Shahrour rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: يلي بيحب القراءة عن تطوير الذات
Recommended to (Angel Anas) by: Musallam Tasabehji
Shelves: self-development
من كتب تطوير الذات، قرأته مع نادي القراءة في كندا

النقطة الايجابية في الكتاب هو اقتناعي بفكرة أساسية، وهي الخطوات الصغيرة جداً، تافهة الحجم، للوصول بعد فترة الى الهدف الكبير، والذي كان غالباً يستحيل الوصول له لو حاولت الوصول بشكل فجائي وسريع
ويفسر الكاتب ذلك، ليس فقط بموضوع العادة والتعوّد على فعل الامر، وانما أيضاً بالالتفاف على الخوف والقلق الذي يحصل عند تغير عادات الانسان او اضافة عادات او دخول في تجارب لم يدخلها من قبل

النقاط السلبية في الكتاب، أولاً هو الاعادة واللت والعجن والكر والفتق والنس
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Catherine Gillespie
Feb 02, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it liked it
Shelves: balance, habits, work
I generally take an all-or-nothing approach to getting things done, so I was surprised at how helpful I found the advice in One Small Step Can Change Your Life. The book describes an idea that helped American manufacturers transition from the Depression to the ramped up production required during World War II, and which was later adopted by Japanese corporations and called “kaizen.” The gist is that you can make big progress by taking small, measurable steps toward progress. While it sometimes w ...more
Scott Miles
Aug 11, 2014 Scott Miles rated it really liked it
It seems simple. Take things one step at a time. Some of the ways this philosophy can be implemented are counter-intuitive, however. This book does a pretty good job of showing how the Kaizen way of small, incremental steps toward improvement applies to much more in life than one might imagine. Just get started. Do something, anything, and this will help establish a habit of activity and progress toward a goal.
Derek Emerson
Mar 28, 2009 Derek Emerson rated it liked it
A good, quick ready. Skimming would be fine. The idea is to focus on small goals in life instead of the large one which you give up on. I've heard the same idea in different ways, but this is a clear attempt at formulating a way of life based on the idea. At times the ideas seem like a stretch -- he addresses the idea of radical change just a bit and that really needs to be addressed. Chap. 2 was especially good.
Anita
Jan 09, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it
Pretty good, for a self-help book. Nothing shocking (small changes are easier to implement than large ones!) but it's all laid out in a reasonable manner and I did find it a worth-while read. I like how the author really encourages you to keep your brain working at all times, even if it's only in tiny increments. (The "Ask Small Questions" chapter was one of my favorites.)
Daria
Oct 31, 2014 Daria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Idea fajna. ALE. I tych "ale" jest wiele: drażniąca "amerykańska" narracja, przedstawianie siebie - autora- co najmniej jak półboga, który może rozwiązać każdy problem pstyknięciem palca, mało praktycznych i możliwych do wykorzystania przykładów zastosowania techniki...
Także warto zainteresować się samą techniką, niekoniecznie za pomocą tej książki.
Peter Miller
Feb 10, 2015 Peter Miller rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece.

It is a genuine and intelligent prescription for living a life of low stress and happiness, while achieving everything you ever dreamed possible.

Interestingly, the philosophy of Kaizen originally started as a way of improving Japanese industry to make it more efficient and effective.

The author honed his thoughts about Kaizen as a public speaker after many years practising as a clinical psychologist - so there are many real world examples of how each part has been test
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