GA 308 | Lessons Learned at Toyota with Andy Reith

This week’s guest is Andy Reith. Ron and Andy discussed working at Toyota, the challenges small businesses face, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Andy (2:32)
  • Andy’s background (3:18)
  • What Andy learned from working at Toyota (5:16)
  • What Respect for People means to Andy (6:56)
  • How Andy learned some of the lean tools (8:38)
  • What Andy is up to these days (10:15)
  • The challenges small businesses face (11:14)
  • About Origin Maine (12:33)
  • Some of the improvements Andy has seen (15:25)
  • Andy’s observations on strategy at small manufacturers (18:49)
  • About his own andon system (24:07)
  • Andy’s advice (27:24)

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