Lean Frontiers: Are they differences in getting middle management on board from getting executive management support?
Are there differences in getting middle management from executive management on board for 1) developing the lean enterprise and 2) direct engagement on their part? What are the differences, if any?
Posted on May 9, 2015
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Dave Meier: Make visual what matters!

By Lean Frontiers, - Last updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
When I was at Toyota we called visual management the “visual factory.” I never really heard visual control or visual management (or it was just another way of saying what we did) until after I left Toyota. It didn’t really matter what we called it as long as we understood what it meant. I think maybe the term “control” was a bit offensive to people and it was softened to visual management (and the term factory was abandoned when we moved into offices and service industries without factories). Sometimes people call it visual workplace, or visual awareness as well. We all know ...

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Jeff Liker: The value of Trust – without safety in Toyota, nothing else matters

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: Monday, March 15, 2010
It is interesting to get a question as direct as this, especially coming from a management icon like Edgar Schein.  Notice that the question implies Toyota is not concerned about safety regardless of how one answers. In the current recall crisis certainly the stories formulated by the press paint a picture of an arrogant company that is secretive about safety test results and has put profits before safety.  That message has been reinforced by many outside observers citing secret memos and mountains of data about sudden acceleration incidents over a decade that were ignored until the U.S. Department of Transportation had ...

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