Category: Toyota

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Respect for Humanity: To Be Lean or Not to Be, That Is the Question

The following article was written for Gemba Academy by Mohamed Saleh, PhD Many of us grew up admiring figures like Gandhi, King Arthur, Michael Jordan, figures of faith, and our own parents for how they inspired us. They gathered followers for their integrity, intellect, courage, vision, and inspirational leadership qualities.

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GA 312 | Practicing Kata in Secret with Tracy Defoe

This week’s guest is Tracy Defoe. Ron and Tracy discussed why people practice Toyota Kata and continuous improvement in secret, and why it’s problematic. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Tracy (3:46) Tracy’s background (5:27)

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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

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GA 298 | Defining Standardized Work with Mike Thelen

This week’s guest is Mike Thelen. Ron and Mike explored all things standardized work, including the components, how often it should be improved, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Mike (1:53) Mike’s background

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GA 297 | The Importance of Hansei and Revitalization with Katie Anderson

This week’s guest is Katie Anderson. Katie described what it’s like working with former Toyota leader Mr. Isao Yoshino, and why the practices of reflection and revitalization are so critical. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that

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How to Run Kata in the Classroom

If you’re interested in learning how to think scientifically I strongly recommend the Kata in the Classroom (KiC) exercise. I’ve personally run a number of KiC workshops.  On one end of the spectrum I’ve run workshops for children as young as 7-years-old.  And on the other end I’ve conducted workshops

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GA 296 | How Toyota Uses Agile with Nigel Thurlow

This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow.  At the time of this recording Nigel was Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. He has since moved on from Toyota Connected.  Nigel explained how Toyota has used agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and

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GA 291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith

This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Denise (2:34) How Denise was introduced to continuous improvement

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GA 282 | Toyota Kata and Scientific Thinking with Mike Rother

This week we’re sharing a keynote by Mike Rother. Recorded at KataCon5, Mike stresses the value of scientific thinking and Toyota Kata, touching on specific tools like deliberate practice as well. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  What Toyota

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GA 275 | Leading vs. Serving with Sarah Tilkens

This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens. A Lean Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare, Sarah and Ron discussed the differences between mentoring, coaching, leading, and serving. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Sarah (1:53) Sarah’s background

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