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October 01, 2010

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Ever hear of kaizen? What about Buiyataoo?

Find out the meaning of these words and how they apply to CrossFitters in this clip from a Greg Amundson Goal Setting and Positive Self-Talk seminar that was recently held at CrossFit Ethos. In this video, Amundson, the Original Firebreather, shares his approach for goal setting by talking about the language bonding the CrossFit community together and how it can be used for setting CrossFit-specific goals. He goes on to define what a goal is for CrossFitters and then breaks it down into its components.

Find out how you can create your own goals to help you become a better athlete.

13min 39sec

Additional reading: Training 2 Miles to Run 100 by Greg Amundson, published Feb. 19, 2009.

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5 Comments on “Positive Self-Talk: Defining Your Terms”


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Kaizen and Buiyataoo... I love these concepts, especially together! Been looking for a tattoo for awhile and this may be it


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Greg! Right ON, brutha! Imagine the power of what a Coach can do for others and what YOU can become, yourself, when taking on these steps.

The incredible power of believing in yourself and others is highly underrated by others. Try it for 30 days and you will begin to dominate life and obstacles like never before.

I'm F**in' Fired UP!

Peace, Greg!



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Hi Greg, I have been following your lectures and I must say that this latest one is simply enpowering , as you say. As a convinced CrossFitter and a Judo "Sensei" for the Italian Judo Federation, I'm also a profound scholar of the japanese culture and tradition and had several chances to study Judo and management in Japan. Just after your lecture about the word "Kaizen" I remembered all the lessons I learnt from my japanese counterparts and wish to share the following concepts with you. "Manage" a company is something not easy which is based on two main components:

•the maintenance of what has been achieved over time
•improvement of what still is not working properly
The objective of maintaining is to safeguard the standard technological, managerial and operational reach, while the enhancement function aims to improve it.

Speaking of maintenance, the management will determine all policies, directives and procedures necessary to ensure that you will be able to repeat the performance reached, often with so much effort. Once established, task of management will be to vouch for the fact that everyone in the company respect.

If, instead, we talk about improvement, we can recognize two completely different ways to improve:

•Innovation (a quick, radical improvement that needs great resources and a complete break with the past)
•the Kaizen (a slow but steady improvement and unstoppable that comes break with the past but of the past feeds to improve the present and the future)
The Kaizen is a Japanese management strategy that means "change for the better" or "slow and continuous improvement": a creed that is based on the belief that all aspects of life can be constantly improved.
Derives from the Japanese words "kai" which means "constant" or "change" and "zen" which means "improvement", "better".

This Japanese method encourages and supports small improvements to be made day after day, continuously. The Kaizen, presented by Toyota and initially applied increasingly worldwide, is based on the principle that energy comes from below, namely on the understanding that the result in an undertaking is not reached by management, but from the direct work on this product.

The most important aspect of Kaizen is the continuous improvement process that there is at the base. This method is soft and gradual that opposes the Western habits to delete every thing that seems not to work well for it manually again.
In Japan, inter alia, where he originated the concept of Kaizen, this instrument applies to all aspects of life, not only to the workplace.

Kaizen is the word that was originally used to describe the key element of the Toyota production system meaning do things the way they should be made ". Means creating an environment of continuous improvement by changing their views and the way of thinking to do something better than that.
In a practical usage, the Kaizen describes an environment in which the company and individuals who work there proactively undertake to improve processes.

The basis of improvement is to encourage people to make each day small changes in their workspace.
The overall effect of all these small changes, over time, becomes significant, especially if all persons responsible undertake in the first person to follow this philosophy.

Improvements usually are not accompanied by the use of sophisticated techniques or costly, or from the use of special materials. Instead of investing more money in purchase of new machinery or equipment is the Kaizen leads the Organization to take more care to important details that often are overlooked. Therefore, managers are encouraged to improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure rather than to invest new resources comprandone new ones.

Simplify means focusing on simplifying processes, spezzandoli into sub-processes and trying to improve independently each.
The basic force that drives people to apply the Kaizen is dissatisfaction with the situation existing in the company, no matter how this both estimated and quoted outside. Stand still and not getting better, indeed, would enable the competition winning.

The action to be creative in solving a problem and try to improve yourself, not only shape the people but also encourages them to go beyond its own limits.

The fundamental idea behind the Kaizen is closely linked to the Deming cycle (PDCA cycle or):

•a person has an idea for improving something (Plan)
•are made out of tests and simulations to verify the validity of the idea (Do)
•the results are evaluated to determine if the idea has centered what mail (Check)
•If so, you change the standard procedures, by adopting the new method (Act)
The Kaizen involves everyone, from the direction to the workers. In particular, the management shall endeavour, in the first instance, to help the staff to provide suggestions for improvement of work of the individual and the company in General, no matter how they are centered. This way of doing will help people to be more critical and will push to examine more closely the way they do things.
In the second phase of implementation of the methodology, instead, we must teach employees to provide the best tips and more centered. To achieve this result, however, we must provide employees with the knowledge and the necessary foundations for being able to analyse problems and environment.

The key areas for which it is useful to provide suggestions on improving thesis are:

•the work of individual
•the savings of energy, materials and other resources
•the work environment
•machinery, equipment and processes
•work in offices
•product quality
•new products
•the Customer service
Broadband comparison, we can ascertain that the Western philosophy can be summed up with: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", that's arvensis or Kaizen, instead, is: "make it right, make it better, miglioralo yet although it works because only then can we compete with anyone".

This way of doing has helped Toyota, one of the companies that have multiple uses the Kaizen in their story, to obtain in a slo year 75,000 tips from 7000 employees and implement nearly 99%.

Hope we could share some of these concepts and feelings in person shortly



wrote …

GA you are the real deal. Anyone who hasn't been lucky enough to cross paths with Greg is truly missing out. Although my encounters with Greg have been brief it was at my Level 1 cert. that I discovered how much of an inspirational human being he really is. While most of the trainers huddled together or found something else to do during lunch Greg chilled with the students, no firebreathers, no games ready athletes just "us" talking surfing, Santa Cruz and answering any and all of our questions. My hope in life is to make a difference in someone elses Greg if thats one of yours, you've already done it. Thanks


wrote …

Greg A. is a great motivator and speaker. He becomes a friend instantly. His seminar is enlightening.

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