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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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.
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.
There really is nothing new/earth shattering in this book. I could get what the authors presented for free by googling.
It was really the content of the book itself - not Jim
Get rid of the book
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