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Refreshing, timeless lessons for those who care to lead

In Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn, leadership coach Katie Anderson and Toyota leader Isao Yoshino bring you a remarkable book about what it means to learn, to lead, and to care. Created through years of collaboration, this book offers their shared reflections on leadership and learning, providing readers an inspirational experience that defies generational and cultural divides.

“The only secret to Toyota is its attitude towards learning.” (Isao Yoshino)

With a career that spanned nearly four decades at Toyota Motor Corporation, Isao Yoshino’s stories help us understand how Toyota intentionally developed the culture of excellence for which it is renowned today, and how one person learned to lead so that he could lead to learn. Katie Anderson weaves together these heartwarming stories of personal discovery, and offers her own unique perspective on them, with the intention of helping you learn to lead and lead to learn.

Reflection is the key to learning.

Dive into Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn to discover the power of reflection as a source for learning. Uncover never-before-published “insider stories” from pivotal moments in Toyota’s history and fascinating nuances that inspired the Toyota Way. And walk away with fresh insights and excitement about people-centered leadership, organizational excellence, and yourself.

If you’ve ever been mentored - in business or in life - by someone whose words, experiences, and perspectives changed you for the better, you know that an entire book of honest reflection and deep wisdom can have a profound impact on the world. For today’s business professionals - dedicated to continuous learning and people-centered leadership - this is that book.

Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind tapestry that will inspire both veteran and aspiring leaders to reflect and learn. It’s a book for leaders of all levels, in any industry, anywhere in the world, who strive to create a culture of continuous learning and to lead with intention - by helping others discover their best selves, while also developing themselves.

With a Foreword by John Shook, chairman, Lean Global Network

“If you are seeking the next step on your own journey of leadership transformation, reading this book and living its lessons will help you become the leader you always knew you could be.” (Richard Sheridan, CEO, Menlo Innovations and author of Joy, Inc. and Chief Joy Officer)

“I encourage anyone who influences people in cultural change to embrace the shared wisdom in this book.” (Tracey Richardson, author of The Toyota Engagement Equation)

“If you’re interested in lean and learning, this is an absolute must-read!” (Michael Balle, coauthor of The Gold Mine Trilogy and The Lean Strategy)

©2020 Katie Anderson (P)2021 Katie Anderson

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An inspiring learning experience is shared from the heart of Toyota. I took up the audiobook as a reread after reading the book last year. It's a book every person needs to read at least once a year as a reminder & learning that life isnt perfect. Even the very best go through the ups & downs of a career.

The book illustrates a captivating leadership & learning experience journey by Isao Yoshino, an insider who worked for Toyota in Japan. Katie Anderson has an excellent talent for storytelling. She captured Isao Yoshino experience and narrated it in an easy way to understand.

For those who heard of Lean, Toyota, Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, and Japan, this is the book that provides you with a great insight into what happens actually at the workplace in Toyota and how all those management concepts are practiced. A truly inspiring story. Discover how Respect for People is one of the essential pillars in Toyota. An enabler for leadership growth and the cycle of continuous learning.

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The essence of lean and leadership directly!

I had already read the written book, but this audio book takes on something special when you actually hear Yoshino's voice and Katie's voice directly. There a certain quality and intonation that is very different when your brain reads words versus listening to a conversation directly from the person. It's almost like extending the direct chain of learning and hearing from these sensei. I guess it's hard to describe, I highly recommend you listen to this book if you're looking for the underlying essence of lean and leadership!

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It's all about "Intention"

At least that was my "Aha" moment that I had from reading and now listening to it on my morning walks. A great job from what is to become a must in anyone's Lean, Learning and Leading library. A definite go-to for those interested in a culture change within the workplace.

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Great Leadership Lessons and Wonderful Story Telling

This is a beautifully written book and nicely narrated by the author and subject. I would highly recommend for any leader looking to improve their skills and create a more caring work culture. 5+ stars.

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Lessons from a Toyota Leader Brought to Life!

This audiobook brings to life Isao Yoshino’s 40-years of experience at Toyota. Katie Anderson's narration dives deep into the sound principles of people-centric leadership that Toyota embodies and has created through intention and purposeful choice. This is what truly makes Toyota a culture of continuous improvement and lifelong learning that can be applied to all industries. The audiobook also brings in narration from several lean leaders like John Shook and his reflections from Mr. Yoshino’s manager as a coach leadership style. Author, Katie Anderson, introduces us to the “fabric concept” which will help leaders from any background and industry. Through this analogy, the book builds on the importance of the leader’s vertical thread in the weave that represents strong belief, clear vision, and determination to attain goals, while the horizontal thread in the weave represents what leaders have discovered during their journey and what is most important for them to share with the world. This book has reestablished my focus and helped me reflect on my purpose and how to learn from and lead others.

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A must read!

If you're committed to being a better leader, then this book is a must-read. Great audio quality and narration. I got through it pretty quickly.

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  • Nick Holding
  • 07-29-21

Fascinating, inspirational, loved it

What a book!! Thought after 15 years of study, I knew a little about TPS and lean but this book has taught me so much more.
Hearing Mr Yoshino’s story is fascinating and adds so much depth to what I now know is superficial knowledge about Toyota, TPS and lean.
I can not recommend this book highly enough. Katie and Mr Yoshino have crafted a work or art here, and I absolutely loved it. Totally deserved 5 stars

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  • D V.
  • 08-03-21

Wonderful learnings through stories

I really enjoyed the story flow of this book. It made the book very engaging.

I found the narration wasn’t as polished I’d hoped in some sections, but it was nice having the author narrate.

Recommended for anyone looking for a next book in Lean or management.