Give Small Gifts…Kaizen

Today I want to share with you the Kaizen philosophy that I live by every day. Kaizen is a Japanese business/life philosophy that means, Life-long learning in small incremental steps. The six to-do lists for the Kaizen philosophy are 1. Take one small step.   2. Ask small questions.   3. Solve small problems  4. Take small actions   5. Give small gifts  6. Enjoy small moments.

My favorite is 5. Give small gifts.

Do you know why? Because I love making small art treasures and give them away to create a happy day for the others in this world. 

This is why I like to encourage you to make your own small gifts to make others happy…especially during these COVID months where people need encouragement from others. One thing I know for sure, people love receiving hand-made gifts.

If you haven’t signed up yet for my upcoming Zoom workshop, do it today. It’s coming up in a few days.

I guarantee you will love this workshop! Did I tell you it’s simple?

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What is Your Next Big Thing?

When I have downtime, I create things. That’s exactly what I did between January and February. As I studied the Kaizen/Ikigai philosophy of gift sharing, I wanted to get something out in the world that I felt would cause transformational mindset change that people would benefit from. The title of my brand new training workshop is “WHAT IS YOUR NEXT BIG THING?” How to discover your hidden gifts and build a plan to monetize your knowledge and skills … ONE SMALL STEP AT A TIME.

Please see all the details about my webinar workshop. This workshop is being hosted by Small Business Administration’s Seattle SCORE program. As a SCORE Mentor, I help hundreds of entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, and life-long learners every year to guide them through reaching their dreams and goals in life and careers. You can register here. I hope to see you there! SCORE offers this class for a low fee of $35.

Spring Has Sprung!

Are you ready to celebrate more daylight and warmer weather in spring? I am for sure. I’m dreaming of giving brightly decorated Easter Gift baskets filled with little tiny surprises to a few of my special people. I love to surprise people and bring smiles to their faces. We need more people smiling in our world right?

I’m inviting you to join me on Zoom on March 27th to make hand-made baskets, flowers, and sweet bunnies… plus practice self-care for yourself.  You will love making these colorfully decorated spring gift baskets from the comfort of your own home. So simple and affordable.

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Remember the Good Times

My Jack Russel Terrier, Max passed away three months ago. It’s hard to live with an emptiness in my heart … the pain feels worse during this COVID time. I try to remember the happy things Max and I did together. One of the happiest times we spent together was driving out to the country every week to take our agility lessons. Watch a video of Max running an almost perfect course. It may look easy to the person watching this video, but it took years of practice and working together as a TEAM for us to get to this point.

Here are some tips I learned in Max and my agility classes. I hope you will agree that these handling skills can be readily transferred to the people in your life. In the end, I think that we can all become better leaders if we follow these tips.

Dog Training 101

Be clear and specific. Your voice should be clear and upbeat so your dog can understand you, and don’t forget to keep a smile on your face.

Be consistent. It will confuse the dog when you don’t use the same words.

Keep it simple. Use only one command at a time. Say “Sit down” instead of “Sit there, wait and come here.” 

Be gentle and kind. Let your dog know that you are trying very hard to understand their point of view.

Gain loyalty by being fair. Dogs notice if you are not fair. Be compassionate and truthful. Do not use physical violence. Instead, show them respect.

Be confident. When giving dogs a command, show confidence in your body language, tone of voice, and facial expression. 

Give feedback.  If you don’t get the appropriate response, give feedback immediately. Be patient and keep teaching until you get the response you’re looking for.

Praise all the time. When you get a correct response, praise immediately and give a small tidbit of his favorite treat. Yes, do this every time!

Positive ending. Never finish your training time on a negative note, instead, make sure that it ends with one positive behavior performed by your dog. Praise by saying “Yay, good job!” Give ample treats and a slow pet on their head.

Now, does these sound any different than how we should treat the people in our lives? Our relationships with the people we care about will improve if we apply these age-old dog training methods in our daily lives. I guarantee that you will see an improvement in your relationships with co-workers, friends, and family members!