SCD introduces UAE nationals in Sharjah to ‘The Kaizen Way’

SHARJAH, 14th March, 2018 (WAM) — Sharjah for Capability Development (SCD), a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators, rolled out the globally successful Lean Management Kaizen programme on Tuesday. Presented by the Kaizen Institute – the only body authorised to conduct this programme around the world – this SCD-Kaizen collaboration seeks to lead UAE’s workforce towards a more dynamic and successful career path. Upon completion of the programme, the Kaizen Institute will issue certificates to all attendees and participants of the program from Sharjah.

This marks Sharjah’s first experience in hosting such a programme in line with their broadening vision that places immense value on nurturing the unique capabilities of young individuals with a focus on self-learning and overall personality development vis-à-vis just skills development.

“Kaizen is in our blood, said our Japanese counterparts on a recent visit to Japan,” remarked Jassem Al Blooshi, Member of the Board of Trustees of Rubu’ Qarn Foundation, as he welcomed the enthusiastic class of young UAE professionals who have signed up to the programme seeking to learn how to become agents of innovation and change in their respective organisations.


Al Blooshi went on to explain that Kaizen is a daily process that draws from science, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement to humanise the workplace by eliminating ‘muri’, or overly hard work with innovation and small, but continuous change.

“This is the first edition but will not be the last. The Kaizen programme, or ‘agile management’ as I like to call it can be applied in all of your institutions and departments whether in sports, education, culture etc. When I was in Japan, I asked a 50-yaer-old man if people were still committed to the Kaizen way. He said it is their indispensable creed,” he noted.

To conclude his welcome address, Al Blooshi said: “A world-class culture has a natural tendency to identify and drive improvements at all levels of the organisation. It moves from a culture where lean and Six Sigma is viewed as a project to one where Lean Six Sigma simply becomes the way things are done. Through our weeklong initiation of the Kaizen programme, this is what we want our young participants to be able to internalise and customise accordingly to benefit their individual spheres of work.”

To be delivered over the next couple of weeks until March 31, the different phases of the training programme will feature two courses, Kaizen Foundations and Kaizen Team Leaders. Participants will also be introduced to Value Stream Mapping (VSM), a world-class technique which was devised by the Japanese automobile giant, Toyota.

The programme will conclude with a weeklong tour of Japan, from March 25-31, during which participants will be taken to Japanese companies whose success stories are the result of sustained use of Kaizen principles.

This edition of the programme is sponsored by Fast Building Contracting, and has been launched in a strategic partnership with the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD), with a view to creating an innovative generation of inspiring leaders who can contribute to furthering progress and sustainable development in Sharjah and the UAE.

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