3. The Kaizen Champion

The word champion, at least in my opinion, means an individual who has the expertise to teach and guide others in the elements of a given philosophy. In sports it is basically the best of the best or the number-one team standing at the end of a season. In Chapter 2 I introduced to you the kaizen champion. This employee is dedicated 100 percent to continuous improvement and acts as the lead for the company’s lean initiatives. Your organization does not necessarily have to call this person a kaizen champion. The title could be lean champion, lean engineer, continuous improvement manager—it does not matter. Before starting Kaizen Assembly, one of my titles was lean champion and the role was exactly the same as that of the ...

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