Successful companies are ones with clear core values. Often these core values are from the company’s founder and reflect principles such as integrity and honesty—principles that guided the founder in his or her life. Other times, core values emerge after the company has existed for a while and are the result of collaboration.
Toyota Motor Corporation is a company I have great respect for. At Toyota, no process is seen as perfect. There is always room for improvement. So one of Toyota’s core values is kaizen, or continuous improvement.
Kaizen is a great concept. I wish I could say I applied it consistently across everything I do or touch. I can’t. But if I see a way to streamline a process or make it less time-consuming or cumbersome, I will try my best to do so. And so it is with the process used to judge Top Projects.