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The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership

Achieving and Sustaining Excellence Through Leadership Development
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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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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hope all in manufacturing listen to this

as an industrial engineer in canada, this is majorly lacking in industries and is useful

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  • V. Taras
  • 2018-10-21

Disappointing. Here is a summary

I have just got to chapter 7 (out of 10) and can't take it anymore. Quitting.
Here is what I have learned so far:
- Toyota is the best. Even when it fails, it's still the best.
- Nobody really understands the Toyota Way (Toyota Production System or TPS)
- TPS is hard and takes a long time to figure out.
- Even if somebody figured it out, it would still not work for them, because it's very individual. Even what works at one Toyota factory, it won't work at another. And you actually need to figure it out on your own.
- There are no shortcuts in TPS. It takes a long time. Toyota has figured it out and it works for Toyota, but you probably won't understand anyway.

THAT'S IT. No details. No practical tips. Just self-accolades and cryptic messages. Soft of philosophy, but no practice whatsoever. So far, I have not learned anything. No practical insight. Only constant repetition that Toyota is great and it does something very deep and meaningful, but no explanation what it is and how it works.

Maybe there will be more substance in the remaining three chapters, but I can't take it anymore.

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  • Lynn
  • 2012-09-24

It Isn't What You Migh Think

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-05

Love it

TPS goes deep and the authors flesh it out as much as practical in one volume. Recommend read for leaders especially manufacturing leaders.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-09

So many takeaways to follow

It is a bible about best practices that you maybe have already read but the example and tips are great!

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  • Colin
  • 2017-08-10

Well worth the cost!

Valuable insight into the workings of Toyota, and the quality of this audiobook is one of the best I have heard. That makes sense since TPS is about quality and would have been ironic if the audiobook discussing it was itself of a low quality. Puts into perspective the application of quality improvement tools like Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc. in how they relate to culture of Toyota that focuses on continuous improve via leader development on TPS.

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  • Claudio
  • 2013-02-17

how to turn around and become better

If you could sum up The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership in three words, what would they be?

Think simple, think in the customer and how they use your product.

What did you like best about this story?

the way Toyota saw a problem and how they use that to change or innovate their way of thinking

What does Jim Meskimen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jim brings the right tone of importance and motivation to the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

transforming the present, developing a better future

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  • YB
  • 2012-03-26

Good listen

This is Toyota's story from one insider. So it is a singular point of view. But a very detailed point of view.

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  • Christopher Hyatt
  • 2018-11-16

I look forward to listening to this again!

I've always been interested in kaizen and intended to read "The Machine that Changed the World" but havn't had the opportunity. This book came up as one of the Audible 2 for 1 deals and I jumped on the chance. Over all I've been very happy. Even when talking about the mundane parts of management I was engaged and enjoyed it. I really recommend this for anyone that is interested in business, business history, management or just enjoys a well put together book.

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  • Tamer Badawy
  • 2018-06-02

Amazing Leadership Book

awesome book with interesting narrating style, very inspiring and gives you great ideas in managing people and improve your management style. I read it many times and every time I learn new things

Thanks

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  • Tristan H.
  • 2018-01-04

Amazing Book About Organizational Change

I would recommend this book for anyone looking to begin Change and transformation in any organization. The book has great examples and does a good job of discussing the concepts. I found myself loving that they constantly reiterated what each acronym meant. It’s a small thing, but I noticed it.

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