American-style command-and-control managers would do themselves and their companies well to listen - really listen - to this presentation.
I studied lean at ISU & worked at a tech company that attempted a "lean transformation." I wish I would have been armed with this book while we were trying that. Many of the pitfalls that we ran in to were addressed in this book. Forget your lean toolbox and listen to this book. And whatever else you can get your ears on.
Emphasis on the importance of culture in designing the processes and metrics that will increase and sustain competitive advantage. Gave useful insights into characteristics of leadership that would develop a sustainable, continuous improvement focused corporate culture. I appreciated that the principals shared focus on individual development and that these principals will improve personal lives, shift paradigms, as well as increase long term company profits.
This is a must read for all professionals to help them start to understand or grasp the concept of Lean and process improvement. As the story continually states, this is not the answers but helps scratch the surface of how companies such as Toyota have become the standards of industry for long periods of time through out the world.
Overall I found the content of this audio book really interesting and relevant, however for some passages I felt the authers could have practiced a more lean approach to writing. Many acronyms for Toyota production and lean leadership related terms made it difficult to follow at times.
The bad reviews like the one about the Japanese terms is someone who probably didn't finish the book. By the end of the book it is explained that you just get it. Good read
Need to buy the book. Great information, a little hard for me to stay engaged. Information overload. Shoiuld be studied along with the printed copy.
THE WAY THAT TOYOTA CREATE A LEADER IS A METHODOLOGY THAT SUPPORT THEIR SUCCES ON THE MARKET
Jeffrey Liker has a knack for simplifying and encapsulating the essence of Lean. In this book, Liker weaves Gary Convis' personal experiences and insights into another engaging and valuable treatment of the subject. If you are engaged in a Lean journey, you should read this book.