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LeanBlog Podcast #85 – David Meier on Toyota’s Challenges


Episode #85 is a conversation with David Meier, a former Toyota Georgetown Group Leader and the co-author of the books “The Toyota Way Fieldbook” and “Toyota Talent: Developing Your People the Toyota Way” We discuss the recent quality problems that Toyota is facing and we get a lean thinker's perspective on how to look for facts and really try to diagnose what is happening in a complex situation.

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David was a guest on episodes #17 and #35 of the podcast if you want to check those out.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. 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 book is an anthology 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. Jon Edwards says

    More self preservation interviews. Geez do you guys ever do real interviews instead of prescripted? Unbelievable! You guys are truly EXPERTS in the self described fiction. Do you guys need some work? I am going to start selling latex bracelets with WWMD molded in after listening to this rubbish. Could stand for What Would Mark/Meier Do. I hope the Smithsonian is paying attention to your staged interviews. Manufacturing folks may not see this but the hospitals will see right through this cookie cutter interview. Shame on you Mark and Dave for doing yoru coffee table skit under the guise of some formal interview. Definitely going to show this to the team when there is a few minutes availbale for recreation…Unbelievable new low in lean.

  2. Mark Graban says

    Jon – I don’t understand what your problem is. My podcast is just two guys talking. It’s not scripted, it’s not fake. Why don’t you judge based on the content of what David says, or did you not listen?

    Would you like to be interviewed? I’ll gladly offer that to you.

    What in the world does the Smithsonian have to do with anything?

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