Everyone is familiar with Toyota as a brand. Some are aware of the Toyota manufacturing process. Being aware of the process is not being familiar and being familiar does not imply one is conversant with how it really works. Along comes Jeffrey Liker (The Toyota Way) and Gary Convis with The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership filling any gaps in our understanding. Importantly, Liker and Convis use a narrative approach to presenting their material. They use multiple examples and anecdotes to illustrate the concepts they are reporting. Their use of vignettes to describe how lead leadership works, certainly nourishes the reader’s understanding. Readers interested in manufacturing, Japanese culture, leadership, adult education, and other related topics will find this volume most informative. There is no need to be an engineer, Liker and Convis make the topic readily available to the general reader. The narration of Jim Meskimen is very good.
Good book on the origins of Lean Methodology and the Toyota system. Too bad most who practice Lean, Six Sigma, etc do not take in the whole education; as Americans we seem to short cut everything. Due to these short cuts, we have a lot of businesses that after recent economic circumstances are finding themselves at a point where they may not survive as a company. The recession was only the catalyst; shortsighted leadership was the true cause as most companies raced to the bottom in cutting costs to the point I fear a large number will not be able to recover. A tool is only as good as the craftsman that wields it. Needless to say Lean Leadership is all about leadership and has nothing to do with cutting costs. I would have recommended this book, but it is like handing a loaded handgun to a toddler."
Think simple, think in the customer and how they use your product.
the way Toyota saw a problem and how they use that to change or innovate their way of thinking
Jim brings the right tone of importance and motivation to the book.
transforming the present, developing a better future
First quarter of the book they explain what they are going to do and then never really ever get to it.
The information contained in this book clarifies why we have not seen lean become the transformational approach to leadership it was intended to be. It's nice to know that we now understand that leadership is the key and I feel that with a coach lean is an achievable goal.
There were a couple of voiceovers that caused the listener to be distracted, but there were only a few of these instances. The entirety of the book was outstanding.
This book was written very well! I have even purchased the hardcopy and I will be going over it with a highlighter, pen, and ruler to continue to glean everything I can out of this book. It is a textbook any Quality Assurance, Production, or Manufacturing Manager must have!