LeanBlog Podcast Episode #21 features our friend and frequent guest, Norman Bodek, noted lean author, consultant, and President of PCS Press. In this Podcast, we talk about how Lean should be good for a company’s employees, that Lean and the Toyota Production system are really about building people and investing in them rather than laying people off.
- 2:00 Question from a blog reader: Is lean good for employees in the long term, or is it just good for the company and for management?
- 2:40 “Unfortunately, many companies are implementing lean to make more money, only…. without understanding the full power of the Toyota model”
- 3:00 Toyota not only builds cars, it builds people
- 4:45 Toyota has one team leader for every 4 to 7 people (as opposed to companies that often have a 100 to 1 ratio)
- 5:20 Toyota’s Gary Convis
- 6:30 Toyota’s two pillars: 1) Just-in-Time and 2) Respect for People — the second pillar is now this instead of “Jidoka” (quality at the source)??
- 8:30 As Deming said, you have to root out fear from the organization, it’s a form of waste that comes from viewing people as expendable
- 10:15 Examples of how Toyota has invested in people over time, made use of their talents
- 11:20 When has the “mass production” system ever been good for people?
- 12:15 Norman’s “Quick and Easy Kaizen,” making work exciting by getting ideas and suggestions from employees
- 16:50 “I want you to come up with ideas to make your work easier, to make your work more interesting…” that empowers people, as opposed to all decisions coming from the top down
- 18:15 “What’s the ROI of bringing in Norman Bodek?”
- 19:30 “There’s nothing magical that Toyota’s doing that American companies can’t do!”
- 19:40 The book Norman likes, Getting the Right Things Done and the Hoshin Kanri process
- 20:30 Norman, Gary Convis, and the A3 report
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