LeanBlog Podcast #90 – Tim Turner, Toyota Kentucky (TMMK)

Podcast #90 features Tim Turner, a team leader at Toyota’s factory in Georgetown Kentucky (aka TMMK or Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky). He is the author, along with a team of co-workers, of the new book called One Team on All Levels: Stories from Toyota Team Members, Second Edition.

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In the podcast, we discuss the book and the culture of teamwork at Toyota. Tim also comments on his reaction (and his colleagues’) to Toyota’s recent quality problems and the resulting bad publicity.

For earlier episodes, visit the main Podcast page, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Tim Turner says

    Thanks Mark for the opportunity to share the team members story at TMMK. It was a pleasure talking to you.

  2. Greg Richards says

    Thanks Tim for the kind words..I feel so blessed to share a testimony that shows people of the world that we at Toyota of Kentucky are very passionate about the cars we build and the people that buy them!! God bless you brother!!

  3. Kristen says

    It’s really great that this book is out to dis-spell that impersonal big-business mindset Americans have about auto manufacturers. I really enjoyed hearing about the “softer” side of Toyota. It sounds like an effective model for taking care of the employees while still being committed to a quality product.
    .-= Kristen ´s last blog ..Episode 24 – Fur Balls =-.

  4. DLouthan says

    Great podcast! I suggest making a DVD companion to the book.

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