CANDI means Constant And Never-ending Deliberate Improvement!

In previous teen leadership articles I mentioned Dr. Deming and Anthony Robbins’ words of Kaizen and CANI. Their words for constant small improvements ignited higher quality conversations in their day about living a better and more productive Kaizen way of life right after WWII, and a newer more productive CANI way of life after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

Well, change is inevitable, so near the turn of the 21st century a bunch of behavioral scientists, instructional and industrial leaders, philanthropists, and community leaders gathered together to figure out a way to positively add to Dr. Deming and Tony Robbins’ words of Kaizen and CANI.

After many hours of hard work the group came up with the idea that a life with constant small improvements every day is great, but it might be even better if the improvements were more focused and self-directed. Improvements should be deliberate, not random. Thus, the aging process was now complete. Kaizen grew into CANI, and CANI grew into CANDI- Constant And Never-ending Deliberate Improvement!

Through deliberately concentrating on one small improvement at a time we can succeed much quicker than we previously thought possible. And once we succeed in one area then we can transfer those successful behaviors over to another area. Winning in one area makes it easier to win in other areas. After all, water finds its own level, and winners tend to find a way to win, even when they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.



  1. What success and leadership principles can you identify in this newsletter?
  2. What will you do over the next week to implement one of these success and leadership principles?

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