IN THIS ISSUE:
- Servants to the cause, by Joseph Paris
PRINCIPLES & PURPOSE
- Developing leaders at Toyota: Professor Jeffrey Liker, of the University of Michigan, discusses what real lean leadership is, offering insight into how Toyota develops its people.
- Managing maintenance: Ian Tindle of Sora Group and Peter Watkins of GKN share with LMJ a case study on the engineering group’s Rockford plant in Illinois, United States, where a new approach to maintenance had been adopted with success.
- Do it yourself!: Does self-management work? Joseph Ricciardelli, director of Italy-based Tecla Consulting, wonders whether a leaderless company can function.
- Brain challenge: John Bicheno offers a reflection on some of the most relevant topics related to lean leadership.
- Effective leadership for lean: What makes leadership work in a lean environment? Harry Dunlevy of Independent tells us.
- A chat with Toyota: Mark Adams, VP of Purchasing at Toyota Europe, speaks with Roberto Priolo about Europe’s automotive supply chain, also touching on how Toyota recovered from the recall crisis and the Japanese tsunami.
LETTERS AND COMMENT
- Contributions in this issue come from editorial board members Jacob Austad and Peter Watkins. Both Jacob and Peter were particularly struck by Robin Howlett’s article on leader standard work appeared in the July/August edition of LMJ. Here they share their opinion on the matter.
- Winning Shingo Bronze: The whole world watched the London Olympics this summer, but in the meantime Lake Region Medical became the first Irish company to win a Shingo Accreditation Bronze Medallion. Noel Hennessey, CI Director, talks about the company’s standard work model, which helped the business achieve what in the operational excellence world is quite similar to an Olympic medal.
- Coming clean: In this column, LMJ observes the lean journey of Serbian manufacturer SCGM. Director Sandra Cadjenovic shares the most recent update in the company’s progress in its continuous improvement programme.
- John Bicheno reviews Jeffrey Liker and Gary Convis‘s The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, McGraw Hill, 2012.