Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mutual Prosperity

Is it kaizen, change for the better, if the company benefits but another party (employees, suppliers, customers or society) is negatively affected? Even if it was unintended? Does it have to be a game of winner take all or a win/lose situation? Wouldn't a path of mutual prosperity be a better path long term?

2 comments:

Ron Pereira said...

One of the things that really struck me when I was in Japan last year was how focused they were on harmony. We were told to do our very best to not disrupt the harmony. So, in this sense, I would think us gaining while someone else lost would be a huge blow to maintaining harmony. Plus, it's mean. So, I say focus on helping everyone win. That's the only way for long term success if you ask me. Thanks for making me think!

Mike Wroblewski said...

Thanks for your comments Ron. I agree with the focus on harmony.