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.
I feel the techniques and philosophy of this book are both Biblical and very useful. I listened to this over several weeks on my drive to and from work. During those weeks, I as the husband was reminded of my role. Also during this time my wife was reading a hard copy. There was a noticeable increase in love and respect during those weeks. Life was just as busy, but our attitudes toward each other were much better.
Three months later, the improvements are not as sharp, but are still defiantly there. I intend to re-listen &/or re-read soon because I know it works.
As a side note; this also helped me recognize and better understand disrespect in my workplace.
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