Kaizen Health® came about in 1999 when I was looking for a name for what I was delivering that captured the essence of what I was doing – suggesting to my students daily small increments in improving coordination and movement quality.
In 1997 after having worked for 10 years with students, instrumentalists, singers, actors and others at the University of Music, Stuttgart I reflected on what it was that I had offered to people so far. I had become convinced that school and university does not equip us to understandourselves and lead / guide us constructively when it comes to movement and that I mainly played the role of a translator, because the apparent inability of professors to convey to their students what they wanted them to do, the desperation of these students to not “get” what their teachers wanted them to do, gave me the job to sit down with them and we time and again unraveled how to physically execute the demands that they understood from their professors in a way that were physiologically & physically sound and that could be reasoned out.
So the concept of Kaizen captured well what I had been doing — suggesting small increments of improvement every day and every week – which always lead to good results, sometimes even to phenomenal ones.
In 1999 I got the opportunity to work with a whole group of employees at OSPA Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre RS, Brasil, taking my approach to the field and test it, and subsequently in many more places such as the Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR Hamburg, ORF Wien, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, Svizzera and many others. This approach has worked time and again and still does work, because our human nature does not change. We simply need to learn how to direct ourselves differently in our activity. It is as simple and straight forward as that.
Though it is simple it may not be so easy: we all know when it comes to changing one of our own habits, we need to use our brains to analyze the situation at hand and determination to create our way out and turn what we now know into an understanding that has meaning for ourselves and becomes significant in time. Habits are not transformed in one day, we are in for a process. Once we grasp the meaning of that, then we may understand what a Frederick Matthias Alexander called the royal road to reformation – meaning there is an easy way to change, and that is “a changed point of view is the royal road to reformation”!
Also we may need to realize that change has to do with working conditions, but we also need to come to grips with the individual component. But how can you bring out in your co workers the best and nourish their enthusiasm?
It seems so obvious but implementation is sometimes really challenging. If you want to create a culture of sustainable and constructive change, KaizenHealth® has to offer a real great way forward.
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Ulf Tölle MPH
CEO and Founder Kaizen Health®