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18 Signs That You're Addicted to Continuous Improvement [SlideShare]

Posted by Maggie Millard

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Apr 27, 2015 9:08:00 AM

We spend so much time thinking about continuous improvement, talking about continuous improvement, and practicing continuous improvement that it's no wonder it's invading our personal lives. If you're like us, careful examination of your home life will reveal that you're showing signs of a heavy addiction... to continuous improvement.

Here are 18 signs that you're addicted to continuous improvement: 

  1. You know that PDSA has nothing to do with public displays of affection.
  2. You took your label maker to your pantry, and you’ll never run out of chicken stock again.
  3. You never show up for anything late. Or early. You’re just in time.
  4. You’re charting your dog’s diet and exercise routine to achieve the optimum blend for her ideal weight. Bonus points if that chart is visually displayed in a family common area.
  5. You actually measure out 1 ⅗ cups of rice, because you know that’s exactly how much your family will eat. 
  6. Your dresser drawers look like this - 

  7. Your kids know what each of the 5Ss are… in English and in Japanese. And they can pronounce them correctly.
  8. Your son thought “lean beef” was efficiently raised and transported meat until he went to college.
  9. You have a standard work doc for loading the dishwasher.
  10. Spring cleaning is essentially a gemba walk for you.
  11. You're following @MarkGraban,  @LEInstitute, or  on twitter.
  12. You’ve actually said the phrase “What would Masaaki do?”
  13. You know that if you leave the house at 7:41, you’ll hit every green light on the way to work.
  14. When you Google "lean," sites like KaiNexus come up on autocomplete.
  15. You had a conversation with your spouse about something Mark Graban posted the day before
  16. You know more Japanese words than anyone else you know
  17. You have weekly rounding sessions with your kids to understand how to make their chores more enjoyable and efficient
  18. You quit singing in the shower when you identified that this a major impact on household water spending


That's our list - what's yours? What have you caught yourself doing that tipped you off to your continuous improvement addiction? 

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