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The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership Audiobook

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

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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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    Arturo 06-01-16
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    "great audio book it really makes you see managemen"

    feed management and I know what way very unique and very helpful to companies or employees and trouble

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    Jim Hawkins Los Angeles, CA 03-17-16
    Jim Hawkins Los Angeles, CA 03-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    American-style command-and-control managers would do themselves and their companies well to listen - really listen - to this presentation.

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    Kyle H. 03-05-16
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    "Great book - Must listen"

    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.

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    kimberly 02-29-16
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    "Shares leadership principals to increase advantage"

    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.

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    "A must read for all professionals"

    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.

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    Marcel Takagi 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great content but sometimes hard to follow"

    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.

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    Anthony York, Ontario, Canada 03-18-15
    Anthony York, Ontario, Canada 03-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enlightening, don't be misled by bad reviews"

    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

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    Gary 01-29-15
    Gary 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book and very challenging!"

    The beginning is a little slow, the middle is really good and the end lost me a bit...but overall a really good book about Lean.

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    Alec Ripley, ON, Canada 03-08-13
    Alec Ripley, ON, Canada 03-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It's not as easy as it looks"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are fascinated by the success of Toyota Motor Corporation and their rise to near domination of the global automobile market, this is the book for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book covers in almost painstaking detail the methods used by Toyota to grow leaders from within the company. It is that approach, the nurturing of self-improving people that is the backbone of Toyota's success. I purchased many of the accompanying hardcover books for more information. The concept is simple: grow leaders and problem solvers from within. It's the patience required and the discipline to execute and stick with the plan that is hard for other companies to duplicate.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Meskimen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to the narrator. He is appropriate for a business book. He delivers the information very effectively. But this is no John Grisham novel!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely not. I found myself rewinding and listening again and again to make sure I understood the concepts. I have listened to it twice and will listen a third time.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for business. The Toyota Way is really hard to duplicate and that's what gives them their competitive advantage.

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    chuck Lynnwood, WA, United States 01-04-13
    chuck Lynnwood, WA, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2003
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would not recommend this book and it would be hard to say what to change. It seems to be very repetitive.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to these guys before.


    Do you think The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, I think they ran short on new information after the first chapter and they just kept finding new ways to explain the same basic principles.


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