How Toyota Became #1 and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$3.46
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by NorthEastBooks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: **FAST SHIPPING!!** 100% satisfaction guaranteed!!** Looks like a typical used book with some shelf wear** We carefully inspected this item**
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

How Toyota Became #1: Leadership Lessons from the World's Greatest Car Company Hardcover – November 1, 2007


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$1.00 $0.01
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover; 1 edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591841798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591841791
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Magee, a columnistat the Chattanooga Times Free Press, ably chronicles the rise of leading auto manufacturer Toyota and the underlying principles that led to its ascendancy. From lean production to a long-term focus to specialized philosophies like kaizen (a system of continuous improvement in which instances of waste are eliminated one by one) and genchi genbutsu (a belief in practical experience over theoretical knowledge), Magee documents each contributing factor in Toyota's success. Going back as far as Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda's father Sakichi Toyoda, a successful inventor who inspired and financed the car company's first operations, Magee takes the reader through the company's current challenges and achievements. While he delivers some fresh ideas on how to foster innovation within a particular industry, his overwhelming praise for Toyota's methods reads suspiciously like hagiography, despite his frequent assurances that he wrote the book in complete objectivity with no involvement or influence from the company. Still, this work will interest those involved in the automotive world or similar industries. (Nov. 1)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

“From its renowned production system to its unerring sense of customers' tastes, the factors that fueled Toyota's drive to the summit of the auto industry are all well recounted here.”
Newsweek

“Magee runs through lessons in leadership and strategy, weaving in colorful snippets from Toyota's 70-year history.”
Fast Company

“David Magee convincingly argues that the spirit of Toyota people, as much as anything, has determined Toyota's success.”
—BusinessWeek.com

“When it comes to Toyota’s success, Mr. Magee credits the company’s internal realities….he celebrates Toyota’s willingness to acknowledge production problems quickly, to adapt its methods to varying markets (thus defying a stereotype of management rigidity), and to ask for feedback from its workers—thereby ‘empowering’ them”
Wall Street Journal

“Magee provides an excellent view of a shining business model that encompasses not only Toyota’s highly espoused lean production system but also its leadership values and unique corporate culture.”
Booklist

“This inspirational book is essential reading for both human resource professionals and business executives”
Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

David Magee is a non-fiction author with 12 books published in the past decade, including bestsellers in Japan and France and top-sellers in the United States and other countries including Brazil.

His most recent book, The Education of Mr. Mayfield (Blair), was named the best non-fiction book of the year in the Southeast in the Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPY). HIs book How Toyota Became #1 (Penguin) was named a Top 10 Business Book of the Year by the American Library Association.

He was also a literary publisher and editor, acquiring and publishing with national distribution such works as John McNally's Ghosts of Chicago; Beer and Food: An American History by Bob Skilnik; and Forty Acres and a Goat by Will Campbell.

A former award-winning daily newspaper columnist, Magee is also an experienced newspaper editor, serving currently as Director of News and editor of Birmingham magazine for Alabama Media Group, and having served as Managing Editor of the International Business Times, Assistant Managing Editor of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and news editor of The Oxford Eagle.

He is also a former city council member in the college town of Oxford, Mississippi, his childhood home where he grew up playing on the grounds of William Faulkner's home. Oxford is the primary setting for The Education of Mr. Mayfield, the true story that has been optioned for a major motion picture.

David Magee is currently working on The Greatest Fight Ever, a story about the John L. Sullivan-Jake Kilrain bare-knuckle championship fight in the late 1800s.

He formerly hosted The David Magee Show, a national radio and television current events talk program aired daily in 21 million American homes on the American Life Network and the Biz Television Network concurrently.

A frequent guest on national news programs over the years, Magee began his media career at a commercial radio station at the age of 18 and became a daily newspaper editor at the age of 24. He began writing books in 2002 and has since made more than 200 media appearances, including NPR, the BBC, the Korean Broadcasting Network, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.com.

As a speaker, he's addressed audiences from Quebec to Japan to Dallas, Texas.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
The subtitle of this book, "Leadership Lessons from the World's Greatest Car Company", let's the reader know that this is really a book targeted to the insatiable market for people looking to develop their business leadership skills rather than a scholarly analysis of Toyota's rise to leadership in the auto industry suggested by the title. We don't get a penetrating analysis of the automobile markets or how the national markets have developed into a global market over the past 50 years or a deep look at the macroeconomic conditions facing the American versus the Japanese (or the European) car makers. Nor do we get a consistent set of measures that capture the shifting ups and downs among the various car companies over decades.

Basically, we get a hagiography of Toyota that does everything right for noble reasons that are justly rewarded by the marketplace and a bunch of bumbling and undeserving American car companies get the pounding they deserve. While those of us who have grown up in Detroit over the past decades know very well that the Big 3 have made huge mistakes and have persisted in behaviors that have exacerbated their decline, we also know there are additional reasons helping Toyota and hurting Detroit. For example, do we even get a simple comparison between the demographics, pay, and benefits in the Japanese plants in America versus the plants of GM, Ford, and Chrysler? Nothing much beyond the $2,500 cost advantage Toyota enjoys and blaming the union contracts with the UAW.

Certainly, there is truth in blaming the US auto companies and praising Toyota, but not much beyond Toyota's ethos is explained in this book.
Read more ›
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
Several years ago when explaining the success of Southwest Airlines, then CEO Herb Kelleher observed that "the intangibles are far more important than the tangibles in the competitive world because, obviously, you can replicate the tangibles. You can get the same airplane. You can get the same ticket counters. You can get the same computers. But the hardest thing for a competitor to match is your culture and the spirit of your people and their focus on customer service because that isn't something you can do overnight and it isn't something you can do without a great deal of attention every day in a thousand different ways. That is why I say that our employees are our competitive protection." The same could be said about Toyota Motor Corporation. As David Magee clearly indicates in this volume, Toyota would not have been able to achieve and then sustain the excellence of its automotive products without "a professional lifestyle - a proven and time-tested way of progression, improvement, ambition, and betterment" for its employees and especially for its customers. Magee focuses on the most valuable and useful leadership lessons to be learned from Toyota's unique approach to business.

Here is one of them. Gary Convis (Toyota's top manufacturing executive in the US when interviewed by Magee) recalled being advised by his superior to avoid being a dictatorial boss and to manage as if he had no power. For example, he went to a superior to get sign-off for a large capital expenditure. He had researched the need and presented the findings to his boss. The superior, ultimately responsible for the decision, told Convis to make the decision himself and come back to him not with a request for approval but with a recommendation. "It turned the worm for me," says Convis.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the best and most insightful books I've read about how a Japanese company and how Japan in general work together in unison to make a better product by putting there ego aside. I like how they put there philosophy of Buddhism and implement in there company called kaizen to continually correct and improve there system and also have an incentive program to reinforce it. It's amazing how the japanese took a system from Ford like the incentive program and perfected it and got everyone in the company to get involved to help continuosly improve not only the Toyota company but people in general through there products and continue to do so with there ego put aside. I wish Toyota the best in there success and in everything they do and other companies like it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
David Magee does a great job of explaining the values that shape Toyota's corporate culture.
However, he portrays American auto companies as being a bit too venal and stupid, and depicts Toyota as being a bit too righteous. Still, Toyota is a great company and its American competitors do suffer, in part, due to the traits he describes. Magee keeps things going by introducing you to Toyota's major players past and present, as well as talking about big names in the U.S. auto industry. Many books describe Toyota's production system or the Toyota approach. getAbstract appreciates Magee's singular efforts to dig further into the company's core values and to explain how these values manifest throughout the company's operations.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?