Continuous Improvement is about people and communication. Many of us are effective speakers, but few are really good listeners. If, as Dr. Shingo said, 95% of objection is cautionary (I believe this caution is due to lack of trust) then one of leaderships/managements primary objectives must be to create an environment of mutual respect and… Read more »
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Art Smalley was fortunate to have been one of the few Americans to work for Toyota in Japan for an extended period of time. From working on assembly lines to maintaining precision equipment to project management he experienced all facets of production life in Toyota. Combined with his proficiency in reading and writing the Japanese… Read more »
Mark Graban is a Senior Consultant with ValuMetrix Services, a Johnson & Johnson organization. Mark earned a bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and was a fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning dual masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. He has led process… Read more »
John Shook – Toyota Culture – Part 2 Toyota’s alternative to “Command and Control” What is the most challenging aspect of implementing lean in North America? “It’s easier to act your way to new thinking than to think your way to new action” Culture is embedded in the work. “Managing to Learn” published by LEI… Read more »
Today Competing welcomes John Shook. John learned about lean while working for ten years with Toyota, helping the company transfer its production, engineering, and management systems from Japan to its overseas affiliates and suppliers. This real world experience in implementing lean principles throughout an organization gives him extraordinary insights into the challenges faced by those… Read more »
What’s the big deal about networks? Why should we join a network of companies with common interests? What’s in it for me and my company? Let’s suppose your company is interesting in pursuing “lean” or the Toyota Production and Management System. Maybe you are working with an “external consultant” or have used your own internal… Read more »
I have been in business since 2000, working with over 60 companies to improve operations by using the Toyota Production and Management systems. During that time, I have seen potential achieved and too many organizations that never achieved their potential. Over the next few minutes I will give you my definitions of what I consider… Read more »
Today’s podcast explores an area of Lean potential just beginning to gain momentum. Competing’s guest is Dan Markovitz founder and President of Time Back Management, a consulting firm that focuses on improving efficiency by applying lean manufacturing principles to knowledge workers and in the forefront of expanding the possibilities and scope of lean application.
Does your equipment always work when you need it? What do losses from equipment maintenance issues cost your people and company? Take 13+ minutes and listen to an expert address these questions.
Dave Nelson, Chief Strategy Officer, HTC Global Services, Inc. is a former Vice President for Delphi Corporation where he led their global supply management operations encompassing 2700 supply chain professionals and $18 billion in total annual spending. Dave also served as vice president of worldwide supply management at Deere & Company in Moline, Ill. From… Read more »