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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer
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“Small things with great love. . . . It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing. And it is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving. To God there is nothing small.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“One of the study’s major findings was that in the successful relationships, positive attention outweighed negative on a daily basis by a factor of five to one. This positive attention wasn’t about dramatic actions like throwing over-the-top birthday parties or purchasing a dream home. It took the form of small gestures, such as: using a pleased tone of voice when receiving a phone call from the partner, as opposed to an exasperated tone or a rushed pace that implied the partner’s call was interrupting important tasks inquiring about dentist appointments or other details of the other person’s day putting down the remote control, newspaper, or telephone when the other partner walked through the door arriving home at the promised time—or at least calling if there was a delay These small moments turned out to be more predictive of a loving, trusting relationship than were the more innovative steps of romantic vacations and expensive presents. Possibly, that’s because small moments provide consistent tending and nurturing.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” —Albert Einstein”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“psychological research clearly shows that people who feel underappreciated tend to resent criticism and ignore the advice they’re given.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“One of the most powerful ways to “program” your brain is the kaizen technique of asking small questions.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“لو كان فى مقدور البشر التحكم فى أفعالهم دون مشقة لكنا جنسًا أرقى بكثير, ولبدت الصفحة الأولة من صحيفة الصباح مختلفة كل الإختلاف.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“When life gets scary and difficult, we tend to look for solutions in places where it is easy or at least familiar to do so, and not in the dark, uncomfortable places where real solutions might lie... Fear is normal, and a natural sign of ambition.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Once you've experienced the joy of taking the first step, you can decide whether it's appropriate to take another. You'll know you're ready when your current step becomes automatic, effortless, and even pleasurable. But don't let anyone pressure you... If you ever feel yourself dreading the activity or making excuses for not performing it, it's time to cut back on the size of the step.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. "
-Tao Te Ching”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“low-key change helps the human mind circumnavigate the fear that blocks success and creativity. Just”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts.” —John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in the history of college basketball”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“that feeling you might call “writer’s block” is actually fear. The”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Low key change helps the human mind circumnavigate the fear that blocks success and creativity.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Can I persuade you that if you let a driver into your lane, or thank a sales clerk, or smile at someone in a hallway, you can change his or her life? Of course not—but if you don’t go through the day with the assumption that small moments and small gestures can touch people’s lives, what is the alternative belief?”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Build the kaizen habit of asking yourself small (and positive) questions... You are programming your brain for creativity”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Instead of aggressively forcing yourself into a boot-camp mentality about change, give your mind permission to make the leaps on its own schedule, in its own time.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“What is one small step I could take to improve my health (or relationships, or career, or any other area)?”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop, “The Lion and the Mouse”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“asking small questions to dispel fear and inspire creativity thinking small thoughts to develop new skills and habits—without moving a muscle taking small actions that guarantee success solving small problems, even when you’re faced with an overwhelming crisis bestowing small rewards to yourself or others to produce the best results recognizing the small but crucial moments that everyone else ignores”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Small things with great love. . . . It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing. And it is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving. To God there is nothing small.” —Mother Teresa”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Myth #3: Kaizen Is Slow; Innovation Is Quicker Perhaps the most dramatic example of what can happen when innovation is used and abused is Toyota, a company that calls kaizen its soul. For most of its history after World War II, Toyota exemplified quality automobile manufacturing. Consumers bought Toyotas not for the styling or prestige but for their unparalleled reliability. But by 2002, Toyota management decided it was not enough to build the highest-quality and most-profitable cars—it wanted to be the biggest car company in the world. And the company succeeded. It built factories rapidly and added enough capacity to produce three million additional automobiles in just six years. But productivity came at a high price: Suppliers could not sustain the quality for which Toyota was known, and the new factories did not have the time to build a kaizen culture. The result was over nine million recalls and some well-deserved bad publicity. Here is an internal memo written before the crisis became public: “We make so many cars in so many different places with so many people. Our greatest fear is that as we keep growing, our ability to maintain the discipline of kaizen will be lost.” —Teruo Suzuki General Manager, Human Resources In time, Toyota recognized that abandoning kaizen drove the company away from a commitment to its core principles. Since the crisis, Toyota has slowed down production, given local managers in the U.S. more responsibility for quality control, and trained new workers in the kaizen culture. Toyota has returned to focusing on quality, not quantity, as its mission, with an emphasis on correcting defects in production while they are small and easily fixed. And Toyota’s reputation for quality has been restored. The company’s story is an excellent illustration of the ways in which kaizen builds habits that can last a lifetime and helps avoid the painful consequences of steps that may, in retrospect, have been too big for the individual or the work group to swallow.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“This book will show you how to harness the power of kaizen: using small steps to accomplish large goals. Kaizen is an ancient philosophy captured in this powerful statement from the Tao Te Ching: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Though it is rooted in ancient philosophy, it is just as practical and effective when applied to our hectic modern lives. Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions I’ll show you how easy change can be when the brain’s preference for change is honored. You’ll discover many examples of how small steps can achieve your biggest dreams. Using kaizen, you can change bad habits, like smoking or overeating, and form good ones, like exercising or unlocking creativity. In business, you’ll learn how to motivate and empower employees in ways that will inspire them. But first, let’s examine some common beliefs about change, and how kaizen dismantles all the obstacles we may have spent years putting in our way.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“If you tend to berate yourself with negative questions (Why am I so fat?), try asking: What is one thing I like about myself today?”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Tao Te Ching: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Radikální změna je jako výstup na strmý kopec - vítr vás může strhnout dříve, než vůbec vystoupíte na vrchol, nebo pomyšlení na všechnu tu námahu způsobí, že se vzdáte ještě dříve, než jste začali.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
“Všechny změny, dokonce i ty pozitivní, vedou k obavám. Pokusy dosáhnout cíle radikálními nebo revolučními prostředky často selhávají, protože zvyšují strach. Ale malé postupné kroky kaizen snižují odpověď mozku na strach, stimulují racionální myšlení a kreativní hru.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
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“Když budete postupovat malými kroky, tak nepatrnými, že vám budou připadat triviální nebo dokonce směšné, můžete v klidu obeplout všechny překážky, které vás předtím dokázaly porazit.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
tags: kaizen
“Optimista věří ve svůj potenciál neustále se zlepšovat.”
Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

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