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!
This book give an inside witness about how Toyota made their glory in the last 50 years. It is all about consistent development of middle leaders which will result on an improved products. Development is not a 5-10 years plan, it is a life journey to self commitment to develop others.
I enjoyed listening to this book.
feed management and I know what way very unique and very helpful to companies or employees and trouble
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