Doofus and Leanie Cartoon #4 – GM vs. Toyota

It has been a while since I’ve collaborated with artist Ed Butler on a “Doofus and Leanie” cartoon (Ed was also the artist for Wii Lean and the satirical “Lean Sensei” app. The recent reactions of GM (layoffs) and Toyota (no layoffs) to the production shutdowns caused by parts shortages caused by the Japan earthquake and tsunami  couldn’t be any more polar opposites of each other. Hence the following cartoon.

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Text by Mark Graban, Artwork by Ed Butler:

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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.

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  1. Mark Graban

    Great article about Toyota utilizing people during the plant shutdowns:

    “Mr. Cho told me, ‘Always remember that management should work for team members, instead of team members working for management. We should always show respect for every individual, and we need to make sound decisions locally because no one knows what’s best for your team members in your own culture better than you,'” James recalled. “And I’ve never forgotten that, and I’ve patterned my management style to demonstrate my belief in that simple truth.”

    and more practically:

    And during production lulls, Toyota kept employees busy by offering additional training, devoting time to continuous-improvement projects and providing them paid time off to volunteer in the community, James said.

    “We also used the downtime for environmental, OSHA and diversity training as well as improving problem-solving skills and standardized work,” James said.

  2. Mark Graban

    Another example from Wales:

    The company has said the remaining non production time will be “utilised for continuous improvement and training activities”.

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