Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.
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.
There are many books on the Toyota Production System, however none explain the true essence of Toyota's success as Mr. Liker's book. The fourteen principles that are the basis of Toyota's continued success are explained in a clear and convincing manner based on the author's 20 years of studying Toyota. Get this book if you truely want to understand why Toyota is the best manufacturing company in the world.
From the prospective of an engineer in the defense industry, it is fascinating to learn how one company can employ many people so efficiently. The focus on real product value, from the customer's view, and long term vision is impressive. It does not fully answer all the questions it raises, but is a very good introduction to a different company philosophy. I would not recommend this as an entertaining book for everyone, but for those with an interest in business and engineering, it is very informative.
The Toyota Production System can be beneficial but this book is more about tooting toyota's reputation as the best company. You can get all the guidelines on TPS from any free website without having to read about the history of the Toyota company.