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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
     

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

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by Robert Maurer
 

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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

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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. Kaizen is the eleven Fortune 500 companies that significantly outperformed the market through moderate, step-by-step actions. Kaizen is losing weight not by a crash diet (which more often than not crashes) but by eating one bite less at each meal—then, a month later, eating two bites less. Kaizen is starting a life-changing exercise program by standing—just standing—on a treadmill for one minute a day.

Written by an expert on Kaizen—Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff at the UCLA medical school who speaks and consults nationally—One Small Step is the gentle but potent way to effect change. Beginning by outlining the all-important role that fear plays in all types of change—and Kaizen's ability to circumvent it—Dr. Maurer then explains the 7 Small Steps: how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems, and more. He shows how to perform mind sculpture—visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally. Why small rewards motivate better than big rewards. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. Hundreds of examples of Kaizen at work grace the book, as well as quotes from W. Edwards Deming (who brought Kaizen to Japanese industry), Peter Drucker, coach John Wooden, and others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761129233
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
182
Sales rank:
225,199
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.31(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1170L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Robert Maurer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine. He is the founder of the Science of Excellence, a consulting firm, and travels extensively presenting seminars and consulting on kaizen to diverse organizations, including corporations, hospital staffs, universities— even the U.S. Navy. Dr. Maurer lives in Spokane, Washington.

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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good addition to the personal change library. Instead of suggesting that people try to change themselves all at once, it tells us to use very small steps to affect long-term change. Using the Japanese concept of Kaizen, we can all make small changes, which in the end add up to big Change. I liked this book a lot. For example, a person who has 'no time to exercise' is told to begin by jogging in place for one minute. It sounds odd, but overall, it breaks down the mind's resistence to change. Instead of quitting smoking 'cold turkey', for example, you can begin to make micro-changes to your habit, which in the end snowball into big change. For example, change the number of cigarettes you smoke. Eventually, your mind becomes more used to the idea of cutting back, and then cutting it out totally. I like this book as an antidote to programs that tell you to totally transform yourself overnight. This seems much more doable and realistic. You just can't say no, as the author states it, when the change is so small.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books about personal change I have ever read. A great new approach to conquering habits, traits etc that you may have battled unsuccessfully before. After I read this book I bought several copies for freinds and family!
ZenPrincess More than 1 year ago
Maurer's simple, straightforward explanation of how the kaizen approach can be applied to everyday life is both practical and inspiring. He gives you a series of questions that will help you identify the small changes you can make to improve any aspect of your life. You need never feel hellpless or overwhelmed again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our family was concerned about our husband/father's diabetes. I bought this book for each family member and it has helped us help him in a gentle and effective way. Meanwhile, I am finding tips for change in myself and insight into human behavior in general. I highly recommend this book.
Alana850 More than 1 year ago
I have read countless self help books, most offer something positive for change. However this book is amazing. It all makes sense and when applied works!Easy to read, it explains WHY the brain doesn't like change and how this program overcomes that. Very workable and when applied to my creative endeavors - I can say it works! I bought several and handed them out to friends and family. I recommend it highly.
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