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In the episode, we talk about topics including:
- Lisa's non-traditional path to TPS: From public relations to the shop floor
- Working with plant president (and future company chairman) Fujio Cho
- Choosing between being a “technical scientist” or a “social scientist” of TPS
- Meeting Mr. Oba and working with TSSC
- Helping find American expertise to learn from
- Becoming a powertrain production manager
- Key lessons from working with Mr. Oba:
- “Managers must fight to have floor time”
- “Safety is an assumed thing?” — what does this mean?
- Don't look for waste, look for overburden (both physical and mental)
- Why is openly admitting mistakes such an important thing at Toyota
- Why Toyota's “soul is around manufacturing”
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