The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership

  • by Jeffrey Liker, Gary L. Convis
  • Narrated by Jim Meskimen
  • 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If there is one business book to pass, unless you have never been in business world, this is it. In the first part, the author cannot outdo himself praising the company. Most of the book offers advice that is simple and basic, such as when learning something new go slow first. To add air of sophistication, the author uses Japanese terms without any real justification, and repeats them over and over. You will have to translate them every time in your mind to figure out what he is saying. Instead of using workshop, as in check reality at the manufacturing floor, he uses the word gamba or something like that. This usage detracts from the points being made and is annoying. This book would be most useful for new hires at the company, to give them a feel of the culture. For insights and ideas you can use elsewhere, look elsewhere for another source or book.


What could Jeffrey Liker and Gary L. Convis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

These authors could have done some evaluation and critical analysis, instead of repeating corporate corn.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It does offer insight into the company.


Any additional comments?

Too bad that there are so many more business books than there should be.

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- Mark

ONLY leaders should read, bean counters shouldn't

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."
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- Tamara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios