The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership: Achieving and Sustaining Excellence through Leadership Development

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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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"The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership will immediately be recognized as the most important book ever published to understand and guide "True North Lean" and the goal of perpetual business excellence.  The book clearly describes altruistic leaders, concerned with the interest of others, and process vs. individual focused leadership as required ingredient's of Lean." 

Ross Robson, President & CEO, DnR Lean & Ex. Director, Shingo Prize (retired)

"This great book by Dr. Liker and Gary Convis reveals the secret ingredient to lean success: lean leadership. Not only is it a pleasure to read, but it is also deep and enlightening. This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in lean: it's both an eye opener and a game changer. It will transform how you think about lean, and open the way to spectacular results in your job."

Michael Ballé, PhD, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager

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Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and president of Liker Lean Advisors, LLC. He is author of the international best-seller, The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, McGraw Hill, 2004 (26 languages, over 950,000 copies sold), and twelve other books about Toyota and lean management.  His latest book is The Toyota Way to Service Excellence.  He is a frequent keynote speaker and teacher of master classes on lean leadership and service excellence.   
 
Gary L. Convis served as CEO of Dana Holding Company from April 2008 to January 2009, Vice Chairman in 2009 and Senior Advisor to the CEO in 2010. Prior to this Mr. Convis spent more than four decades at Toyota, General Motors Corporation, and Ford Motor Company.  He became the first American president of Toyota's largest plant outside Japan, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK), in 2001.  He was named chairman of TMMK in 2006 and retired in 2007.  Prior to this, in 2003, he was the first American manufacturing executive appointed by Toyota Motor Corporation to be a managing officer, as well as Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.  Prior to serving in these roles, Mr. Convis spent 16 years at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., a joint venture between GM and Toyota.  Previously, he spent more than 20 years in various roles with GM and Ford Motor Company.

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Book Description McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, United States, 2011. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Missing Link to Toyota-Style Success-LEAN LEADERSHIPWinner of the 2012 Shingo Research and Professional Publications Award This great book reveals the secret ingredient to lean success: lean leadership. Not only is it a pleasure to read, but it is also deep and enlightening. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in lean: it s both an eye opener and a game changer. -Michael Balle, Ph.D., coauthor of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager This will immediately be recognized as the most important book ever published to understand and guide `True North Lean and the goal of perpetual business excellence. -Ross E. Robson, President and CEO, DnR Lean, LLC, and the original Director of The Shingo Prize An excellent book that will shape leadership development for decades to come. -Karen Martin, Principal, Karen Martin Associates, and author of The Kaizen Event Planner About the Book: TOYOTA. The name signifies greatness- world-class cars and game-changing business thinking. One key to the Toyota Motor Company s unprecedented success is its famous production system and its lesser-known product development program. These strategies consider the end user at every turn and have become the model for the global lean business movement. All too often, organizations adopting lean miss the most critical ingredient-lean leadership. Toyota makes enormous investments in carefully selecting and intensively developing leaders who fit its unique philosophy and culture. Thanks to the company s lean leadership approach, explains Toyota Way author Jeffrey Liker and former Toyota executive Gary Convis, the celebrated carmaker has set into motion a drive for continuous improvement at all levels of its business. This has allowed for:Constant growth: Toyota increased profitability for 58 consecutive years-slowing down only in the face of 2008 s worldwide financial difficulties, the recall crisis, and the worst Japanese earthquake of the century. Unstoppable inventiveness: Toyota s approach to innovative thinking and problem solving has resulted in top industry ratings and incredible customer satisfaction, while allowing the company to weather these three crises in rapid succession and to come out stronger. Strong branding and respect: Toyota s reputation was instrumental in the company s ability to withstand the recalls-driven media storm of 2010. But what looked to some to be a sinking ship is once again running under a full head of steam. Perhaps the Toyota culture had weakened, but lean leadership was the beacon that showed the way back. In fact, writes Liker, the company is as good and perhaps a better model for lean leadership than it ever has been. of innovation and growth. Yet, Industry Week reports that just 2 percent of companies using lean processes can likewise claim to have had long-term success. What the other 98 percent lack is unified leadership with a common method and philosophy. If you want to get lean, you have to take it to the leadership level. The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership shows you how. Seller Inventory # AA39780071780780

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