You can read this in 30mins, his methods are simple and WILL change your life, after all, what have you got to lose? In October I joined The Betty Rocker‘s Rocktober 30 Day Bodyweight Workout Challenge.
Between work outs, I like to go for 5-6kms walks to ground myself and get away from the laptop and let my thoughts flow and to appreciate the outdoors and reconnect with nature. I highly recommend Belinda Davidson‘s Guided Chakra Cleanse Meditation to give you time to check in with yourself and balance out your inner world which is where it all begins. Every day this year Gala Darling is sending out a Radical Self Love Letter that you can have delivered into your inbox at a specific time, like when you start your day online. I finally read all of Maurer’s book, in one sitting while traveling late last year, and I really enjoyed it. Ironically, there are some lessons from the clinical realm that we can, I think, bring back to the workplace.
Maurer suggests that small baby steps changes, as we use in workplace kaizen, circumvent the amygdala because small changes aren’t overwhelming or scary. Now you might be thinking that small gradual improvements are fine, but we also need innovation (a trendy business buzzword). What is a new workplace habit, related to Lean or otherwise, that you have wanted to start, but you didn’t because it seemed too overwhelming? Later in the book, Maurer creates an interesting twist, as the kaizen principles (originating in the workplace) are brought BACK into the workplace, as he described how staff at a medical clinic really turned around their operations and became successful through these same ideas he had used with his patients. Maurer also makes a great case for how we start, with kaizen, by learning how to see and address little problems. All in all, I found this an enjoyable and thought-provoking read – for my personal life and in the professional realm.
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FYI, Maurer has a new book out from McGraw-Hill — a little guidebook about the kaizen philosophy.
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Here are my three recommendations of tools to help you change your life for the better in 2014! If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the Kindle app to your laptop or other device and read them like that. He explains the current employment situation and how it will never be what we grew up with and what to do about it, also giving you a Daily Practice that I wholeheartedly agree with, and if you are an ideas person, this book will light a fire up your butt! SO MANY nuggets of life changing wisdom, it’s probably the most highlighted book in my Kindle app.
It’s easy, you go through a relaxation movement and then focus on each chakra point and their respective colours, Belinda’s relaxing voice helps you to stay focused and you will be high vibing for the rest of the day! It’s a beautiful way to be inspired and motivated every day this year, to keep us focused on the most important thing, loving ourselves, when we do that, everything else falls into place. Traditional advice would be to ask her to launch immediately into some big fancy exercise program that, since it seemed overwhelming, might not even get started (or might not sustain) — sounds familiar to big programmatic approaches to workplace improvement, right? He asked Julie to just march one minute… and then the entire commercial break, then two.
Instead of coming back discouraged, as so many failed exercisers do, Julie was more animated, with less resistance in her speech and demeanor…. Maurer says there is certainly a place for larger innovation, but we also need smaller continuous improvements. Let’s say your Lean consultant said you need to do an hour-long Gemba walk every day. We all know we are trying to improve but should Standard Work and more specifically Leader Standard Work be used as your change agent? There is an age-old (and counterproductive) mindset that says in effect – how I behave at work and how I behave in private life are unrelated.
It is quotable for days and it will crack open that brain of yours, shine a light inside and you will have another thing to be grateful for. Using my Gymboss interval timer, I did 3 rounds of the work out which start off easy on week 1 and then builds on each movement as the weeks go by getting a little harder. This is a helpful survival instinct when we are in real physical danger, but it’s less helpful when this response is triggered by a change or a new situation at work or in our daily life. Start small, reinforce the behavior, and you might gradually start enjoying the gemba walks to the point when you are now making time to make them happen.

There are ideas in this book that we can all apply to our New Year’s resolutions or other improvements we hope to make.
He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. After listening to the first five minutes during the morning commute, I turned it off and instead listened to it when I had the opportunity to focus and take notes. There is a private Facebook group for people to support each other along during the challenge which I found so helpful and inspiring. Combined with positive thoughts and encouragement, these baby steps can lead to larger, sustained changes.
We write a lot about small problems and small improvements in our book, but that’s the starting point.
In October I didn’t put in 100% with the challenge but even so got surprising results.
There will always be little problems even as we start fixing the bigger, more systemic stuff.
Everyone can change, but few do because they are not willing to master the incremental steps required to overcome their existing habits. In my years of seeking a pathway to healing for our Native people in Alaska, I have been reading widely about Toxic Stress and its impact of the developing brain.
Personally, bodyweight workouts work best for me as I can do them whenever and wherever, no having to shlep to the gym or buy equipment. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. I also think using your own bodyweight gives you your optimum look instead of bulking with weights etc. Coupled with a no blame, no shame workplace, continuous improvement and training, I truly believed we could reduce workplace stress substantially enough to start making a difference in the other parts of our employee’s lives.

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