Johannesburg, South Africa, April 9, 2018 - The Kaizen management philosophy took off at the NEPAD Agency earlier this week, with the kick-off workshop attended by staff.
The workshop is being facilitated by Mr Haruya Kato, a consultant from Japan Productivity Center, who has deep understanding and experience in Kaizen which he acquired in his previous jobs as Managing Director of Operations and Representative Director of FedEx Japan.
In his opening remarks, NEPAD Agency’s CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki reminded staff of the role played by Dr William Edwards Deming, the American who was educated initially as an electrical engineer and later specialised in mathematical physics. He was widely acknowledged as the leading management thinker in the field of quality. He was a statistician and business consultant whose methods helped hasten Japan's recovery after the Second World War and beyond.
Dr Mayaki read some of his quotes: “If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing” and “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best”.
Mr Kato emphasised that the Kaizen is not just a once-off event nor is it a project, but a journey. He added that commitment and support from management as well as involvement of all staff is important.
Prof Diran Makinde, NEPAD Agency’s Africa Kaizen Initiative (AKI) focal point, gave a presentation on the roles AKI will play in the dissemination of Kaizen management principles among member states of the African Union and the need for Kaizen to be understood and practiced in the workplace, encouraging staff that, “Kaizen dissemination has to start with us!”
Source: NEPAD Agency