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)
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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.
Magee runs through lessons in leadership and strategy, weaving in colorful snippets from Toyota's 70-year history.
David Magee convincingly argues that the spirit of Toyota people, as much as anything, has determined Toyota's success.
When it comes to Toyotas success, Mr. Magee credits the companys internal realities
.he celebrates Toyotas 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 workersthereby empowering them
Wall Street Journal
Magee provides an excellent view of a shining business model that encompasses not only Toyotas highly espoused lean production system but also its leadership values and unique corporate culture.
This inspirational book is essential reading for both human resource professionals and business executives