Kaizen Institute helps its clients to build a sustainable KAIZEN™ Culture
We transfer our knowledge, expertise and skills, creating KAIZENers in our clients' organisations
Kaizen Institute New Zealand
We don't simply sell "KAIZEN™ tools" training. We offer comprehensive consulting and coaching to support our clients to transform themselves to achieve a true and lasting KAIZEN™ Culture.
Our Auckland-based office was established in 1988 when Kaizen Institute founder, Masaaki Imai, visited New Zealand with Toyota's Taiichi Ohno. New to the KAIZEN™ journey, excited by the possibilities but unsure where to start?
Already on your KAIZEN™ journey, at a performance plateau, facing new obstacles, or not sustaining your improvement gains? Advanced on your KAIZEN™ journey?
Our decades of KAIZEN™ implementation experience equips us to challenge and support you to transform your organisation and your team to achieve a sustainable KAIZEN™ transformation.
Improving the World with
Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day -
The KAIZEN™ Way
KAIZEN™ means "Change for the Better"
KAI = CHANGE
ZEN = FOR THE BETTER
Our Brand Promise
We introduced the KAIZEN™ methodology to the world in 1985
We make our clients experts in their gemba
Our methods touch everyone in the organisation, working for the same goal and sharing the same KAIZEN™
Our expertise, from helping the world's leading organisations, can be applied to any situation
We work with our clients to create processes that highlight problems, while simultaneously training and empowering their teams to solve them.
We research, develop and publish various aspects of Continuous Improvement, while partnering with our clients, enabling them to implement sustainable improvements through our consulting, training and benchmarking activities and guiding them on their KAIZEN™ journey.
The history of Kaizen Institute began in the mid 80's. We have the longest history of consulting and training organisations around the world, specifically in the fields of KAIZEN™, Lean Management and Continuous Improvement.
"Kaizen Institute New Zealand has enabled us to engage our staff in streamlining and improving our processes to deliver better customer value. Our consultant was like a coach who came to us regularly, not a one-off seminar or workshop, but ongoing hands-on help to implement continuous improvement. Kaizen Institute New Zealand helped us realise how powerful visual management is for engaging staff. Being involved in the KAIZEN™ program has helped our people to be happier and focused on their work and to meet more ambitious targets."
Richard Beaumont - General Manager
KAIZEN™ Methodology Development History
The KAIZEN™ methodology has been gradually developed over many decades. It was publically and officially introduced to the world in the 1980’s as a systematic methodology through the best selling book "KAIZEN™" by Masaaki Imai, the founder of Kaizen Institute.
Founder of Kaizen Institute
Known as the father of Continuous Improvement, Masaaki Imai has been a pioneer and leader in spreading the KAIZEN™ philosophy globally. Masaaki Imai founded Kaizen Institute in 1985, to help companies around the world to implement the methodology of KAIZEN™ and claims that all companies should employ KAIZEN™ as their corporate strategy. Over the last three decades, Imai has authored books and articles, and held lectures on KAIZEN™ and Lean, quality, leadership and other related management subjects. Imai understands the steps required to bring a company to the next level and to achieve high performance, focusing on the processes rather than the results.
Books written by Masaaki Imai
- 2012: "gemba KAIZEN™: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy, 2nd Edition" (McGraw Hill)
- 1997: "gemba KAIZEN™: A Commonsense, Low-cost Approach to Management" (McGraw Hill)
- 1986: "KAIZEN™: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success" (McGraw Hill)
- 1975: "Never Take Yes for an Answer: An Inside Look at Japanese Business"
Request Masaaki Imai as a featured Speaker
Masaaki Imai continues to play a significant role as the ambassador and visionary of the organisation while actively participating in conferences around the world, spreading his unique, convincing message of KAIZEN™. Choose one of the following services:
Masaaki Imai holds speeches about KAIZEN™, Lean and Continuous Improvement related topics at public or private events and conferences.
Company visit and gemba walk
Masaaki Imai visits your organisation, conducts gemba walks, and shares his insight for improvement. This is a great opportunity to increase the motivation and morale of the people within the organisation, at any levels.
Our Origami Symbols
Our corporate symbol is the butterfly that symbolises transformation
Japan's origami requires determination and precision, something very similar to KAIZEN™
The four butterflies symbolise the importance of coordinated activities in four distinctive areas
The owl symbolises the willingness to gain wisdom and knowledge and represents our training & education services
The owl on a cloud represents our online learning methods to expand knowledge
The dove symbolises our events & conferences programmes, bringing news and messages about KAIZEN™
The dolphin symbolises our networking events, as they have high social competence
The star represents excellence and success and symbolises our KAIZEN™ Award programmes
The seagull symbolises a traveler and represents our KAIZEN™ Benchmark Tours
The cherry blossom symbolises KAIZEN™ Insight Tours in Japan, both rare occasions for one to witness and experience
Are you interested in Kaizen Institute New Zealand's consulting services?
We assist client teams in achieving great results by rapidly putting ideas into action.
Are you interested in Kaizen Institute New Zealand's training services?
Kaizen Institute's distinctive training programme includes learning the theory and practice, and gemba visits whenever possible.