Taichi Ohno’s mind was triggered when he saw an America supermarket where the store shelves had very little inventory of each item and when the item was removed by the shopper, the store clerk very quickly replaced the inventory. He recognized that this was possible at Toyota. He knew that inventory was a terrible waste:… Continue reading How to make Lean work! – Inventory
Kamikatsu is a quaint town nestled in the mountains in Japan. This unsuspecting town has achieved the impossible of producing zero waste. No incinerators, no landfills. Since 2003, they’ve proven that with rigor and focus, the world can ween itself from excessive consumption and waste. We’re often asked for examples of what good likes like… Continue reading Kamikatsu and the Zero Waste Movement
Social Responsibility – “Supporting the communities … protect the environment by embracing sustainable practices.” – Business Roundtable TVS Motors, is the third largest 2-wheeler company in India with a revenue of over $2.9 billion US). In 1980, Venu Shrinivasan, CEO of TVS, set up SST a charity that has uplifted over 3.4 million people in India… Continue reading “Supporting the communities …”
Of course, many of you have had great success with your Lean efforts but according to a survey with 10,000 people only 1.5% have been able to sustain their efforts after 10 years; Toyota has been doing it for over 70 years. First, what is the purpose of Lean? “In short, Lean methodology is a way of… Continue reading How to make Lean work!
In 1991, I published a book titled, “40 Years, 20 Million Ideas – The Toyota Suggestion System by Yuzo Yasuda. In 1986, Toyota received 47.7 suggestions per employee with a 96% adoption rate and 95% of their employees participated saving millions of dollars and getting people more excited and motivated about their work. In America,… Continue reading Kaizen – Continuous Improvement
The word discrimination has two distinctly different meanings: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another, the quality or power of finely distinguishing. To discriminate between people is totally wrong. I… Continue reading Discrimination
I left to Japan on March 22 and just returned on June 1. Yes, Japan has also the virus but only less than 900 died while over 106,000 have died in America. It is chaotic here. Just in one day, I have seen so many people not wearing masks and I live in Vancouver, Washington… Continue reading Chaotic