Episode 142 – Timelines for Toyota – Part 2

I’m David Veech and this is Elevate your performance. With Sakichi Toyoda’s death in 1930, his Son Kiichiro and nephew Risaburo were left to run his businesses.  As a result of a great earthquake in 1923, which destroyed significant pieces of Japan’s...

Episode 140 – A little on Toyota

I’m David Veech and this is Elevate Your Performance. I have been a lean teacher, coach, and consultant for over 20 years.  Lean is coupled closely with the Toyota Production System, often simply TPS.  Why? That goes back to the mid-1980s when the US Auto Industry was...

Episode 141 – A brief timeline for Toyota

  The story of Toyota begins with Sakichi Toyoda who was born in 1867 and began his working life as a carpenter like his father. I heard a story once, though, about Sakichi’s curiousity.  The story was that he once spent an entire day watching his...

135 – The Telephone

I’m David Veech and this is Elevate Your Performance. We’ve been looking at the historical progression from craft manufacturing to mass manufacturing and ultimately to lean manufacturing, and drawing connections to a variety of technology – and demand –...