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.
©2011 Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Everyone is familiar with Toyota as a brand. Some are aware of the Toyota manufacturing process. Being aware of the process is not being familiar and being familiar does not imply one is conversant with how it really works. Along comes Jeffrey Liker (The Toyota Way) and Gary Convis with The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership filling any gaps in our understanding. Importantly, Liker and Convis use a narrative approach to presenting their material. They use multiple examples and anecdotes to illustrate the concepts they are reporting. Their use of vignettes to describe how lead leadership works, certainly nourishes the reader’s understanding. Readers interested in manufacturing, Japanese culture, leadership, adult education, and other related topics will find this volume most informative. There is no need to be an engineer, Liker and Convis make the topic readily available to the general reader. The narration of Jim Meskimen is very good.
Good book on the origins of Lean Methodology and the Toyota system. Too bad most who practice Lean, Six Sigma, etc do not take in the whole education; as Americans we seem to short cut everything. Due to these short cuts, we have a lot of businesses that after recent economic circumstances are finding themselves at a point where they may not survive as a company. The recession was only the catalyst; shortsighted leadership was the true cause as most companies raced to the bottom in cutting costs to the point I fear a large number will not be able to recover. A tool is only as good as the craftsman that wields it. Needless to say Lean Leadership is all about leadership and has nothing to do with cutting costs. I would have recommended this book, but it is like handing a loaded handgun to a toddler."
Think simple, think in the customer and how they use your product.
the way Toyota saw a problem and how they use that to change or innovate their way of thinking
Jim brings the right tone of importance and motivation to the book.
transforming the present, developing a better future
First quarter of the book they explain what they are going to do and then never really ever get to it.
The information contained in this book clarifies why we have not seen lean become the transformational approach to leadership it was intended to be. It's nice to know that we now understand that leadership is the key and I feel that with a coach lean is an achievable goal.
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!
quite comprehensive...if one wants to learn how Toyota works.
Also interesting to see how things are supposed to be and how they actually are in most of the other organisations.
"Very general content"
This book is riding on the success of Toyota and the Lean Leadership but it does not offer many practical and actionable insights or advices if that is what you are looking for.
Absolutely! This is a must read book for anyone in any managerial position and/or anyone who wants to understand how business is run efficiently and why it is important to spend 'quality time' on the floor with the employees.
The founder of Toyota -
The whole book was very interesting and it was full of insightful information from the very beginning to the end. Listened to it twice in a row!
Brilliant book full of brilliant ideas!
"Practical; Helpful; Inspiration"
Great book with some excellent examples and insights into the Toyota way - brilliantly narrated as well
"Read and apply it all."
I have really enjoyed reading this book. it is simple to read and apply all the tips given in the book with ease...
"Must read for entrepreneurs and teachers"
This book opens a door to excellence in entrepreneurship. How to build true leadership through the company's structure in every level.
Good timers will never last like bad times. Growth lies with the last.
"An excellent book"
I think you get more from this book like from any other lean six sigma training. Since it is mainly about the lean leadership . Thank you. What a great job.
"Insightful and practical"
Helpful insights with practical and clear steps to implement. Good to hear much emphasis on the importance of process, patience and a recognition that although perfection can never be obtained, pursuit of excellence is vital for effective and purposeful leadership.
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