Outstanding! I have run a small business for 19 years. It was going flat over the last few years, I needed a new approach. I have listened multiple times to the program and made extensive notes, and am currently implementing the Toyota Way in my business. We are already seeing gains. The information is great, and the reading fits it to a "T" (for Toyota). It is a bit technical, but I did not find it ponderous. Highly recommended!
Toyota Way was very illuminating on differences between Toyota Management & Production systems vs. the management styles I've seen from 3 American companies (each +100 years old.) This book focused on the culture of Toyota, which appears to be integrated and consistent with the techniques of TPS. I feel this consistency of philosophy and technique is a gigantic advantage because I've experienced the impotence of technique without vision.
I have been involved with Lean projects for 2 years. This book filled in many gaps in the "why" Lean techniques are done, which I found highly value added.
This is not a techniques book, and that's good. TPS is equal parts sociological and technical. This is the first Lean book I've encountered that focused on the sociological.
This book's quite technical. I was browsing through audible books and saw Toyota, so I grabbed it on a whim. Turns out it's really boring for me. I'm interested in business, but this gets into really nitty gritty manufacturing issues. If you're actively involved in business, and especially manufacturing, the book may be ok for you. Otherwise prepare for a dreary few hours. Narrator's a bit annoying too, never a good thing.
If the Narrator would have read ALL of the book. He skips parts. I know this because I was following along with the exact same book and big chunks where missing. I would have to stop the book and then read and then start it up again.
I love how the lean system has helped many companies.
He has no excitement to his voice and is very monotoned.
I would not have cut any of it. Read the book as it was written.
Do not cut parts from the book.
Happy in New Mexico
This book describes in great detail the processes used by Toyota to streamline their manufacturing process and build-in quality. The reader was engaging and the topics interestingly developed with illustrations. However for each topic, the japanese term associated with the topic was read. That in itself wouldn't be so bad except that I couldn't remember the different terms when he referred back to the Japanese terms. A little irritating but overall a good book in the fashion of the 5 S's or LEAN manufacturing.
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The Toyota Way is a great book that gives a very good insight on what needs to be done to improve a production workflow, by means of reducing waste and improving quality. It explains in depth the 14 principles which are the foundation of the Toyota Production System.
Even working in the broadcast industry, I have been able to apply many of the principles described in the book in my day to day production activities. I recommend it to anyone who manages any sort of production process.
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The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker is an easy listen that skips along quickly with the always-pleasant narration by Grover Gardner. After listening, I am now seeking a hard copy of the book so I can highlight certain areas and re-read a little more slowly. Although this book is quite old for a business book, it is still relevant and useful today.
Jeffrey Liker presents Toyota as the world leader that it is. Listening to this audiobook was very enlightening and encouraging, especially to a manufacturer. Although soon enough, it becomes clear that what Toyota does applies to many organizations, and not just manufacturers.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
Removing waste and increasing value is a must for a business/corporation of ANY size...this book makes you step back and really evaluate what sustains your company and what will customers pay for...good read.
Reading this was like being run over by a Mack truck. If your a hard driving "pee em off and they will work harder" manager, read with caution, you wont be right when your done.
For anyone looking to begin a journey to Lean, and or looking to simply improve their business regardless of what type, this is where you start.
You have to first understand that success in your business begins with the fundamentals written here, and as it states not to copy what Toyota has done.
This is, hands down one of two books (listed within) I would recommend as a starting introduction to better business and must have must read.