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Toyota Kata

Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results
Written by: Mike Rother
Narrated by: Todd Belcher
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Publisher's Summary

This game-changing book puts you behind the curtain at Toyota, providing new insight into the legendary automaker's management practices and offering practical guidance for leading and developing people in a way that makes the best use of their brainpower.

Drawing on six years of research into Toyota's employee-management routines, Toyota Kata examines and elucidates, for the first time, the company's organizational routines - called kata - that power its success with continuous improvement and adaptation. The book also reaches beyond Toyota to explain issues of human behavior in organizations and provide specific answers to questions such as:

  • How can we make improvement and adaptation part of everyday work throughout the organization?
  • How can we develop and utilize the capability of everyone in the organization to repeatedly work toward and achieve new levels of performance?
  • How can we give an organization the power to handle dynamic, unpredictable situations and keep satisfying customers?

Mike Rother explains how to improve our prevailing management approach through the use of two kata: Improvement Kata - a repeating routine of establishing challenging target conditions, working step-by-step through obstacles, and always learning from the problems we encounter; and Coaching Kata: a pattern of teaching the improvement kata to employees at every level to ensure it motivates their ways of thinking and acting.

With clear detail, an abundance of practical examples, and a cohesive explanation from start to finish, Toyota Kata gives executives and managers at any level actionable routines of thought and behavior that produce superior results and sustained competitive advantage.

©2010 Rother & Company (P)2017 McGraw-Hill Audio
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What the critics say

" Toyota Kata gets to the essence of how Toyota manages continuous improvement and human ingenuity, through its improvement kata and coaching kata. Mike Rother explains why typical companies fail to understand the core of lean and make limited progress - and what it takes to make it a real part of your culture." (Jeffrey K. Liker, best-selling author of The Toyota Way)
"[ Toyota Kata is] one of the stepping stones that will usher in a new era of management thinking." ( The Systems Thinker)
"How any organization in any industry can progress from old-fashioned management by results to a strikingly different and better way." (James P. Womack, Chairman and Founder, Lean Enterprise Institute)
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By Todd scanlan on 2019-04-26

master the kata

truly a great book and really works well after reading the goal or the Pheonix project

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By Justin Gauthier on 2018-09-18

Tons of insight

Great read! Tons of insight into changing the way people think! Simple yet powerful. #Audible1

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By omair on 2018-08-30

Prrfect for any industrial engineers use in field

the author has a great understanding of how to actually use lean and what to learn from Toyota's success

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By Nathan on 2017-12-16

Must read for continuous improvement

Not since The Goal have I been so engaged in a continuous improvement book. I think of Kata as Design thinking for the real world...very applicable to what we all do every day to improve processes and services.

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By N. Thompson on 2019-02-08

Wonderful insights

Mike takes us on a wonderful deep dive filled with insights. It's a little dry, but well worth it.

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By travis on 2019-10-25

best lean book I have found

exceptionally thorough, I have had to stop and digest this book many times. I have 9 audio books on lean this is my favorite so far. Gemma walks is my next in line

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By L. Graham on 2019-06-21

Excellent primer for improvement efforts

Excellent primer for getting sustainable improvement results. Follow these the outlined steps for real impact.

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By Preston K. Parsard on 2019-05-19

Great details and insights into the manufacturing

Great insight into the manufacturing process. Especially about improvement and coaching non-tecnical skills. Very inspiring.

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By john gabriele on 2019-03-14

very vague

very vague when trying to explain how to put the things they're trying to teach you how to do. The whole story goes around in circles.

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By Kindle Customer on 2018-11-21

Great!

Great material! very detailed and easy to implement. great management book. leadership information. thanks a lot

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By Dustin Mears on 2018-06-21

great book

a lot of information! made me question so many things in my own facility. definitely worth a listen.

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By Anonymous User on 2018-04-24

Any Kata is good Kata

Although this is a high quality audiobook, I would recommend the hard copy to accommodate the overall use and understanding of the tools.

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By Me on 2018-03-20

the book that defines the gap

I am working for a company that has been on a journey for the last 4 years to learn "Lean" and develop a problem solving lean culture. We have built a foundation to grow our culture but have not seen the development we had hoped for. Reading Toyota Kata, I have recognized our gaps in the text of this book and have learned 2 things; our gaps are not unique and we have much more to learn. I encourage anyone taking on efforts to develop a Toyota like culture to study this book and have the organizational leader, in the company, do the same. Toyota Kata has opened my mind to new methodologies that I wish I knew years ago. Don't wait too long to study and apply the knowledge defined in Toyota Kata.

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By Damien Thouvenin on 2019-03-09

A rare access to Toyota's mental models

Excellent book that cracks the nut of continuous improvement like it is thought at Toyota's.
I had read a lot about Lean but Mike Rothers brings out something that is quite unique : the mentality and the culture that is behind the practice and how this culture is built through the patient and repetitive application of routines and patterns (the "Katas")

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