Note: Each Thursday I will post a little something to inspire us to finish the week strong. These Thursday Thoughts will be a quote, poem, piece of music, artwork, or inspirational video. Congratulations, you made it over the hump and let’s finish the week together.
Last night I watched the documentary movie, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It is a movie detailing the working life of the best sushi chef in Japan and the world. His small 10 seat restaurant is a three Michelin-star rated place of wonder. Jiro is 85 in the movie and goes strong every day with a spirit or Kaizen, the Japanese concept of constant, and never-ending improvement.
I was exposed to Kaizen in the early 1990’s when I led quality improvement efforts in my company. Too many American corporations back then spent millions of dollars and countless hours focused on improving quality following concepts coming from the business environment in Japan.
We could have saved a lot of time and money by just watching and learning from Jiro and his approach to his vocation. I invite you to track down and watch the movie. I watched it on Netflix. The story is complex especially the relationship between father and oldest son who one day needs to take over from the Master.
Here is a preview of the movie: