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61: The Spirit of Kaizen by Robert Maurer

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KAIZEN: The Small-Step Step Solution for You and Your Company Today’s businesses love the idea of revolutionary, immediate change. But major “disruptive” efforts often fail because radical change sets off alarms in our brains and shuts down our power to think clearly and creatively. There is, however, a more effective path to change. Change that is lasting and powerful. Change that begins with one small step . . .


20 Oct 2020

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Book Review of The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer

Things That Make You Go Hmmm Book Review Podcast

Introducing the practical and inspirational guide to incorporating Kaizen and its powerful principles into one's daily life. Rooted in the two thousand-year-old wisdom of the Tao Te Ching--"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"--Kaizen is the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments. Kaizen is the tortoise versus the hare. Kaizen is the eleven Fortune 500 companies that significantly outperformed the market through moderate, step-by-step actions. Kaizen is losing weight not by a crash diet (which more often than not crashes) but by eating one bite less at each meal--then, a month later, eating two bites less. Kaizen is starting a life-changing exercise program by standing--just standing--on a treadmill for one minute a day. Written by an expert on Kaizen--Dr. Robert Maurer, a psychologist on the staff at the UCLA medical school who speaks and consults nationally--"One Small Step" is the gentle but potent way to effect change. Beginning by outlining the all-important role that fear plays in all types of change--and Kaizen's ability to circumvent it--Dr. Maurer then explains the 7 Small Steps: how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, Solve Small Problems, and more. He shows how to perform mind sculpture--visualizing virtual change so that real change comes more naturally. Why small rewards motivate better than big rewards. How great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. Hundreds of examples of Kaizen at work grace the book, as well as quotes from W. Edwards Deming (who brought Kaizen to Japanese industry), Peter Drucker, coach John Wooden, and others.


17 Nov 2019

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187. One Small Step, The Kaizen Way: Dr. Robert Maurer

Love Your Work

Dr. Robert Maurer (@Dr_RobertMaurer) is author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way. He’s also Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine. In One Small Step, Dr. Maurer shows you how to make really big changes with ridiculously small steps. I first discovered One Small Step on the Amazon page for my own book, The Heart to Start. Amazon kept showing me that people who bought my book were also buying Robert’s book. After it had been sitting there for week after week, I thought to myself, I’ve gotta see what this is about. You’ve heard me talk about taking small steps on this podcast, including my episode on how to build good habits with B.J. Fogg. It turns out there’s a name for this practice. The Japanese call it Kaizen. In this conversation, you’ll learn about: How do large goals put us into fear mode? Learn about the neuroscience of why we don’t take actions. How can you start doing anything with small steps? You can start an exercise habit simply by standing on a treadmill, or a flossing habit while flossing only one tooth. How did Dr. Maurer himself write his book by committing to only ninety seconds per day of writing? Support the show Put your money where your mind is. Patreon lets you support independent creators like me. Support now on Patreon » New Weekly Newsletter: Love Mondays Start off each week with a dose of inspiration to help you make it as a creative. Sign up at: kadavy.net/mondays About Your Host, David Kadavy David Kadavy is the author of The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers. Through the Love Your Work podcast and his Love Mondays newsletter, David explores what it takes to make it as a creative. Follow David on: Twitter Instagram Facebook YouTube Subscribe to Love Your Work Apple Podcasts Overcast Spotify Stitcher RSS Email Facebook Messenger Show notes: http://kadavy.net/blog/posts/robert-maurer-kaizen/


18 Jul 2019

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007: Kaizen and the Power of Small Steps | Dr. Robert Maurer

The Distilled Man: Actionable Advice for the Everyday Gentleman

The Distilled Man - Actionable Advice for the Everyday Gentleman Common wisdom suggests that if we want to make big changes in our lives, we have to take big steps. But sometimes... Read More To view this post on The Distilled Man website, visit 007: Kaizen and the Power of Small Steps | Dr. Robert Maurer For a Free copy of our 42-page eBook, visit http://www.thedistilledman.com/48-hour-gentleman-ebook/


26 Jul 2017

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Revisited: Dr. Robert Maurer, Kaizen & the Brain

Lean Blog Interviews

Back in 2012, I did a podcast interview (Episode 153) with a psychologist and family therapist, Robert Maurer, PhD. It's been almost five years since the discussion, but I'm often reminded of what I learned from his books and his advice about small change. It's human nature for us to be afraid of change. Instead of lecturing people to be brave, we need to work within our limitations. How do we avoid the "fight or flight" instinct and reaction from kicking in? We start by making change SMALL. That's a key Kaizen insight that Dr. Maurer is able to tie to the way our brain works. Here's our original discussion: https://www.leanblog.org/2012/07/podcast-153-robert-maurer-phd-the-kaizen-way/


27 Apr 2017

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ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE! THRU THE POWER OF SMALL STEPS! Robert Maurer PhD | Motivation | Self-Help | Health | Self-Help | Inspire

Inspire Nation Show with Michael Sandler

If you’ve ever wanted more excellence in your life, with a better outlook, health, and greater success, then do we have the easy steps show for you! Today I’ll be talking with Dr. Robert Maurer, a faculty at the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine, the director of Science of Excellence, author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life and a second book I am absolutely smitten with, The Spirit of Kaizen! And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about creating lasting excellence, one small step at a time. That plus radars and chocolate, tasting insecticide, why * you don’t want left turns, lost wrenches and aircraft carriers, the secret to a good party, the power of a kids meal, why you might want to throw out, your first bite of food, and why it’s incredibly important to treat the Zappos van driver right! Self-Improvement & Self-Help Life, Health & Career Topics Include: How did Robert get interested in Kaizen? What career / field was Robert using Kaizen in? What career was using Kaizen when Robert began studying it? Why big steps toward success may not be the answer What does the amygdala have to do with ‘big change’ Why big steps tend to lead to big falls Why self-help big steps aren’t what we make them out to be What can we learn from Jim Collins and Good to Great? Where does morale come from? How we can improve the morale of those around you in your career or home? What we want to do to protect our relationship with our loved one? What can we learn about the van driver for Zappos (also for Southwest and other organizations) How do we work with difficult people? What’s neutrality What does Buddhism have to do with our response to others? What is the Buddhist idea surrounding the thoughts in our mind What is the kaizen technique called mind sculpture What we can learn from Michael Phelps and visualization and mind sculpture What’s the art of compliments? What can we learn from Carol Dwick and Mindset? Why giving it your best is most important Why big bonuses and rewards are not the answer? What does Toyota have to do with Kaizen? What’s the psychology of mistakes What are the results of the 15 year study ‘Managing the Unexpected’? What do left turns have to do with the UPS What do milkmaids and cowpox have to do with anything? What does throwing out the first bite of food have to do with anything? How do we lose weight with kaizen How do we get more nutrition with kaizen small steps What does data logging underwear (and green lizards) have to do with anything How can we lose weight by exercising just one minute a day? What we can learn from fear and anxiety and mindfulness breathing and our breath How meditation and controlling our breath can help What’s the power of calming our breathing down How do we move ourselves out of crisis How do we get rid of our harsh critical inner voice? What’s the importance of gratitude? Why is gratitude so elusive? Why are questions the best way to reprogram our brain What’s the danger of isolation? What is one of the most powerful predictors of future health? How importance is a spiritual practice or a sense of spirituality What’s the correlation between a spiritual practice and better physical health? What are the implications for parenting from kaizen? What’s the most important thing we can do for our kids A beautiful guided meditation scienceofexcellence.com Robert Maurer – HOW TINY STEPS CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE & HEALTH! + Guided Meditation! Fitness | Career | Inspiration | Motivation | Mindfulness | Spiritual | Spirituality | Inspirational | Motivational | Self-Improvement | Self-Help | Inspire For More Info Visit: www.InspireNationShow.com

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20 Sep 2016

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An Interview With Dr. Robert Maurer

Shannon Waller's Team Success

Author and psychologist Dr. Robert Maurer shares “The Kaizen Way” to make lasting life changes. Shannon and Dr. Maurer have an enlightening conversation around the idea that we only need to take very small steps in order to accomplish our biggest life goals.The post An Interview With Dr. Robert Maurer appeared first on Your Team Success.

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5 Nov 2015

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Robert Maurer, PhD, "One Small Step"

Lean Blog Interviews

Joining me for Podcast #153 is Robert Maurer, PhD, Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Practice Residency Program at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and a faculty member with the UCLA School of Medicine. We are talking about his excellent book titled, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way. I discovered Maurer's book when doing research for our recently-published Healthcare Kaizen. It's really interesting to hear about applying the Kaizen approach in the realm of psychology and therapy instead of the workplace. Maurer writes about the brain chemistry that causes people to "fear change" - except when it's small change. Fascinating stuff and I'm thrilled to have spoken with him a few months back. To point others to this, use the simple URL: www.leanblog.org/153. Please leave a comment and join the discussion about the podcast episode. For earlier episodes of the Lean Blog Podcast, visit the main Podcast page at www.leanpodcast.org, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes. You can also listen to streaming episodes of the podcast via Stitcher: http://landing.stitcher.com/?vurl=leanblog If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at leanpodcast@gmail.com or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the "Lean Line" at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id "mgraban". Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.


24 Jul 2012