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Volume 2, Issue 25
December 09, 2015

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Mike Rother, researcher and author (Learning to See and Toyota KATA)

“We don’t think and act a certain way because we lack information. We think and act one way or another because it’s a habit. Practising the routines of the Improvement KATA and the Coaching KATA creates a culture that enables rapid changes to adjust to a constantly changing world.”

Gerry Price, president & CEO EH Price

“It’s all about treating customers as if they were part of your family.”

Thomas Edison, entrepreneur 

“Because ideas have to be original only with regard to their adaptation to the problem at hand, I am always extremely interested in how others have used them…” 

Dan Jones, founder and chair of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK

“Silos are a symptom. Getting rid of them is not the answer. The question is how to manage the vertical and horizontal dimensions of an organization at the same time.”


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New Toyota KATA Hands-On Workshop on February 4, 2016 from 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at CGL Manufacturing in Guelph, ON. For AME and CME leaders who must manage people for improvement and superior results. Based on Mike Rother’s Toyota KATA, this training is gaining international acceptance as a powerful scientific method that achieves results. Its power provides the ability to put to work, the unseen managerial routines and thinking that lie behind Toyota’s success. This unique and intense workshop is delivered by experienced Toyota TK leader/practitioners who have been there. They will provide you with the discipline and depth of understanding needed to implement it. All refreshments provided, plus a copy of Mike Rother’s book Toyota KATA. Discounted price to AME & CME practitioners.

Register at AME at: http://www.ame.org/event/toyota-kata-one-day-experience 

Book Summary

Everybody Matters — the extraordinary power of caring for your people like family by Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller and Raj Sisodia, co-author of Conscious Capitalism. The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is committed to People-Centred Leadership (PCL), which Chapman has been living at Barry-Wehmiller, a $2B company. Many CME and AME leaders heard Bob and felt his passion at the 2013 AME Toronto Conference, with some coming to hear him at the June, 2015 Lean AME/CME conference in Winnipeg. This new book is the one he was referring to at both conferences. He believes every single person matters, and because of his dedication to creating a family-like company culture, his firm emerged from the recession with higher morale than ever before. A possible book for the holiday break?

This video clip shows Canadian and US manufacturing leaders expressing their thoughts on People-Centric Leadership. They point out that it creates a culture of fulfillment by contributing to the pursuit of a common purpose. PCL involves all employees at every level: manufacturing, office staff, management and the CEO. https://youtu.be/y5QeYhTLLno

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