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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.

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

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It is a life long journey

This book give an inside witness about how Toyota made their glory in the last 50 years. It is all about consistent development of middle leaders which will result on an improved products. Development is not a 5-10 years plan, it is a life journey to self commitment to develop others.
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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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Learn

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

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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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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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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

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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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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  • Ripley, ON, Canada
  • 03-08-13

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.

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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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