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The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development | [Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis]

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development

The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts - from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization.
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The missing link to long-term Lean success! Despite the fact that companies worldwide have adopted Lean production, none has sustained the same levels of excellence as Toyota. Why? Leadership. In The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis, a former executive V.P. and managing officer of Toyota, help executives and senior managers get employees to refocus their efforts - from simply performing their singular function to continuously improving in collaboration across the organization.

Case studies from Toyota clearly illustrate the methods that create powerful, effective Lean leadership. Jeffrey Liker, author of the popular Toyota Way books, is the acknowledged expert on Toyota processes. He is professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. After his executive leadership at Toyota, Gary L. Convis became the CEO of Dana Holding Corporation, a $6.1 billion supplier to the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets, and helped lead it to a successful turnaround from bankruptcy.

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©2011 Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Xavier Cruz Chavez Diadema Sao Paulo, Brazil 10-21-12
    Xavier Cruz Chavez Diadema Sao Paulo, Brazil 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

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    "HOW USSUALLY TOYOTA CULTURE IS THE BEST WAY"
    What made the experience of listening to The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership the most enjoyable?

    THE WAY THAT TOYOTA CREATE A LEADER IS A METHODOLOGY THAT SUPPORT THEIR SUCCES ON THE MARKET


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    Stephen Baie-dUrfe, QC, Canada 10-16-12
    Stephen Baie-dUrfe, QC, Canada 10-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "How to Lean from Successful Leaders"

    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.

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    Magei West Salem, WI, United States 09-05-12
    Magei West Salem, WI, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    I thought there were some good points, but the story as a whole dragged on a little more than other books I have been listening to. It wasn't horrible, but I feel there are plenty others that would have caught my interest more.

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    iReadnListen United States 11-30-12
    iReadnListen United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012

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    What disappointed you about The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership?

    There really is nothing new/earth shattering in this book. I could get what the authors presented for free by googling.


    Has The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about Jim Meskimen’s performance?

    It was really the content of the book itself - not Jim


    What character would you cut from The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership?

    Get rid of the book


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Henrik Vejle, Denmark 02-04-13
    Henrik Vejle, Denmark 02-04-13
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    "Great listen (if you understand Lean terms)"
    What did you love best about The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership?

    Well-narrated story about the development of Lean Leadership at TOYOTA. I especially enjoyed the continuous focus on believing that their strategy of building competences will prevail instead of adopting the usual major layoff/hiring process.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Meskimen – was your favorite?

    Every person who has been through the "Ohno Circle" process and not let their ego get the best of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Really, a movie about Lean Leadership at TOYOTA? With Brad Pitt as Gary Convis?


    Any additional comments?

    The one reason why i didn't give this book a 5-star rating is because of the many abbreviations and unique terms used throughout the book. I work with Lean on a daily basis and thus understand most, if not all of them, but i can definitely see some people not getting optimal value out of this book simply due to the many complicated abbreviations and terms you have to remember.

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    Mariusz Lodz, Poland 06-03-12
    Mariusz Lodz, Poland 06-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Trying to be good buddhist at life and at work... searching for good buddhist and bussines books.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a greate lesson about how getting to the basics and lean methodology is basic for Toyota and other companies. I think that this book is essential for every beginer in leadership and people management.


    What about Jim Meskimen’s performance did you like?

    I did like Jim Meskimen's as a narrator of this book.


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    How to start everything from begining Toyota Style


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