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...

What To Do When Your Lean Guy Is A Concrete Head

Concrete head is an affectionate term applied by some old Japanese lean sensei to people in US companies who, though responsible for driving continuous improvement, were themselves resistant to change anything for any number of reasons.  I’ve run into this a few...