Humboldt Area Foundation’s Cascadia Center for Leadership’s upcoming workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 8 asks the question, “How can we motivate people to make improvements in their health, well-being, creativity, and productivity?” To answer this question, Cascadia is offering a Changing for Good: The Principles of Kaizen workshop with Robert Maurer, PhD on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Humboldt Area Foundation.

Dr. Maurer bases his workshop on a body of research that supports the theory of a Japanese concept called kaizen. Kaizen is a powerful tool of Japanese success in manufacturing and is best translated as "constant and steady small improvement” also known as “baby steps.” Kaizen requires making very small steps to accomplish large goals. Research has provided solid evidence that encouraging people to make minor improvements in their behavior can lead to exceptional levels of success. Dr. Maurer’s program illustrates how science has caught up with the ancient saying, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”__

Workshop topics include_

o kaizen steps for improving physical health at home and at work_

o maximizing the creative energy of a work force_

o the power of small moments in enhancing relationships_

o using kaizen to reduce human error

o how small steps impact morale and productivity

Dr. Maurer is a clinical psychologist who serves as director of behavioral science for the Providence Family Medicine Residency in Spokane, Washington and on the faculty of the UCLA and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine.

A program of the Humboldt Area Foundation, Cascadia Center for Leadership provides workshops and training for current and emerging leaders in all sectors to run successful organizations, collaborate in substantive ways and make decisions that help organizations and communities prosper.

The workshop takes place at Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Rd., Bayside and costs $85.

To register, go to or contact Humboldt Area Foundation program coordinator, Keytra Meyer at 707-442-2993 or