Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results Hardcover – Sep 1 2009
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Lead, Manage, and Develop Your People--the Toyota Way!"Toyota Kata gets to the essence of how Toyota manages continuous improvement and human ingenuity, through its improvement kata and coaching kata. Mike Rother explains why typical companies fail to understand the core of lean and make limited progress―and what it takes to make it a real part of your culture."
―Jeffrey K. Liker, bestselling author of The Toyota Way
“By uncovering exactly what makes Toyota the standard bearer in a way that is accessible to every management level, in every industry, Rother has given the business world a true gem--Toyota Kata is a must read!”
Keith Allman, President, Delta Faucet Company
“Mike Rother's Toyota Kata is a rare and exciting event--a book that casts entirely new light on a much-heralded set of management practices, giving those practices new significance and power.”
from the Foreword by H. Thomas Johnson, author of Profit Beyond Measure
“In Toyota Kata, Rother has put his finger on the heart of the coaching process at Toyota. He has distilled the PDCA process to its simplest and most essential core. Much of Toyota's success is rooted in these subtle yet powerful behaviors Mike so clearly describes. Kata provides a level of clear insight into the key principles underlying Toyota culture in a way that can be easily understood and applied. Essential reading for any company committed to lasting culture change."
Bill Costantino, W3 Group, Former Group Leader TMMK (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc.)
About the Author
Mike Rother is an engineer, a teacher, and a guest researcher at the Technical University Dortmund. Rother’s work has bought him to numerous companies and hundreds of factories around the world, where he collaborates with people to test ideas and shares lessons learned. He splits his time between Ann Arbor, and Cologne, Germany. Rother has been entered into the Association of Manufacturing Excellence's Hall of Fame.
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Maybe this is beginning to shift. Toyota Kata explains in clear how-to detail a way of managing people that makes a company more adaptive, innovative and constantly improving. Although the research was done in manufacturing facilities and with an eye on Toyota, Toyota Kata is more about developing and utilizing human capabilities in organizations. In short, this book lays out a management approach for today's dynamic conditions.
This is not only one of the most noteworthy books on lean management, but an insightful and practical new guide for any manager or leader. Highly recommended.
Rother has attacked directly a mystery about Toyota's success - the secret of what makes it a real-life example of learning organization, not just at senior level, but all the way to team leaders and team members. Indeed, he has succeeded in the tour de force of capturing the double-loop learning mechanism Toyota has developed. And he also succeeds in putting it across simply and practically with great examples. Beyond lean, this book offers deep insight into how business strategy can be derived from learning mechanism to avoid grand visions which also turn out to be grandly wrong. I suspect (or at least hope) that Rother's insights will open the door to another form of strategy formulation.
In many ways this book can either be seen as the result of twenty years of research on the mystery of Toyota and the TPS, or one the breakthrough stepping stones that will usher a new era of management thinking about how we look upon the human use of human beings at work. Thumbs up!
Most Lean or TPS transformation efforts concentrate on the more visible aspects of "Just in Time" such as cellular machine placement, 5S or Kanban.
This is one of the reasons why most "Lean" implementations either never get off the ground or if initially successful return to the previous production system within 5 years.
Trying to implement TPS or Lean without the "Respect for Human" aspects is like trying to climb a mountain wearing roller skates. The rest of your "kit" may be spot on but this one item will undermine the entire effort.
Mike Rother has created a very useful book with Toyota Kata. It is a book for practitioners who actually want to create a sustainable lean organization. It presents a "No Stars in Your Eyes" perspective on how Toyota managers get "all" employees to engage their brains toward achieving goals everyday. Not only does he explain how Toyota does this but shares his own organizational experiences so you can do this in yours.
This is not just a manufacturing book-Toyota uses these methods throughout its company--from the boardroom to the shop floor. If you truly want to understand Toyota and its production system; this is one of the most revealing and useful books of the last 10 years
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