The idea of finding a way to improve everything you do is not a unique philosophy to the Shingo Prize, however. Anyone in a competitive industry knows that a company that does not constantly evolve and improve is likely to have a short lifespan.
However, we want something better than their best so far. It’s second nature for our students to try to consistently improve in everything they do. When it comes to our building we must do the same. We’ll pick a top firm and we’ll make it a priority to help it succeed in creating the best building it has ever designed.
If we do our job right and they do their job better, we’ll have a tangible example of “kaizen” in our new Huntsman Hall. This all goes beyond creating an impressive new building with the newest amenities. We want to make sure that what goes on inside the new structure will reflect the progressive philosophy that created it. It will be up to us to put the “kaizen” inside the building.