April 2017 signified a remarkable one day conference hosted the Management guru & Founder of the Kaizen Institute – Masaaki Imai – for the first time in Kuwait.
Organized by the prominent Vigor Events & Co-organized by Al-Gas Events Company, the conference is set to focus on Operational Excellence for leaders going beyond the mere use of improvement tools and building a culture that promotes excellence in all kinds of operations within a factory, a telecom company, a hospital, a bank, or a governmental institute.
During the conference, Masaaki Imai advocated his philosophies and Kaizen Institute’s principles and methodologies to achieve the ultimate Operational Excellence within any organization.
Masaaki Imai was the first to write and speak about the remarkable leadership principles known as the Toyota Production System, what we call “Lean” thinking today. His contribution has been one of integrating various kaizen management practices, such as Just-in-time, TQM, and TPM, into the cultural environments of client companies.
Over the last three decades Masaaki Imai has authored books and articles, held lectures on kaizen, quality, leadership, Lean and other related management subjects, has consulted with global companies, introduced kaizen as a commonsense continuous improvement approach on every inhabited continent.
Masaaki Imai’s contribution has been one of integrating various kaizen management practices, such as Just-in-time, TQM, and TPM, into the cultural environments of client companies. He was also the first to organize study missions to Japan to study kaizen and Lean methods, a service that Kaizen Institute continues today, having led more than 200 groups and 4,000 people.
During the conference, the Management guru will spoke not only to leadership issues but also to frontline issues at the gemba or “the real place where value is added”. He elaborated on the steps required to make a company world-class and moving it from a result-oriented to process-oriented company.
It is also worth noting that Masaaki Imai has received International Awards and Recognitions such as the Asia-Pacific Human Resource Development Award, the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize for Gemba Kaizen, and the First Honorary Fellow of Quality Control of India (First Fellow ever)
In two additional sessions, senior consultants from Kaizen Institute took part in the conference shedding a light on the practical application of the Kaizen best practices & methodologies.
One of which was Euclides Coimbra author and global leader and pioneer in Kaizen/Lean/Operational Excellence who conducted a comprehensive workshop on using Kaizen in your organisation, entitled “Standards in Leadership” on the 10th of April 2017. During this interactive workshop, Euclides Coimbra highlighted “Standardization” as a foundation for “Zero Failures”. He explained the main importance of standards for leaders, and the essential meaning of “Standardization” from the view of science.
Both events were organized in collaboration with Kaizen Institute and with the media support from the International Advertising Association – Kuwait Chapter- on April 9th and 10th 2017.