David Meier’s “Favorite Mistakes” at Toyota and His Distillery

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I don't always share new episodes of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast with you here, but when I do… it's a Lean practitioner.

Today, that guest is David Meier, a former Toyota team member and leader, author of two books with Jeffrey Liker, and a TPS/Lean consultant. Oh, and he has a great distillery in Kentucky now called Glenn's Creek Distillery.

Update — His “OCD #5” was named “US Micro Whisky of the Year” in the 2023 edition of the Jim Murray Whiskey Bible. Congrats, Dave!!!

Here is his episode:

Toyota / Lean topics include:

  • More background about what you learned at Toyota
  • Hard for people to talk about mistakes, admitting they're human
  • Blame vs. responsibility? 
  • Toyota teaches that leaders have responsibility 
  • Blame with punishment = “accountability”?
  • Punishment replaced with learning and improvement?
  • Hard on the process, not on the people
  • Mr. Yoshino's mix-up with the paint area (Episode #30)
  • My episode about the nearly lost episodes (Episode #16)
  • Mistakes made in the distillery
  • Mistakes about mistakes?

You can find a full transcript here. As a Lean student or practitioner, this episode will be right up your alley.


Past Lean Podcast Content Featuring David Meier:

Podcasts about Toyota, Lean, and (most recently) Bourbon:


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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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