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Month: August 2016

Want Respect for People? Grow the “Us” – Part 3

Want Respect for People? Grow the “Us” – Part 3

In Part 2, I introduced the 1977 paper “Toyota Production System and Kanban System Materialization of Just-in-time and Respect-for-human System” written by the Production Control Group of the Toyota Motor Company. I also began a discussion as to why Toyota put as much emphasis on “Respect-for-human-system” as they did on the breakthrough concepts of “Kanban” and “Just-in-time”. My conclusion is that without this “respect for human” sub-system (and, yes, this is a system, not just some “feel-good” plugin), “Kanban” and…

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Want Respect for People? Grow the “Us” – Part 2

Want Respect for People? Grow the “Us” – Part 2

In Part 1, I described my own personal discovery of the “us” versus “them” dichotomy that was very prevalent in the Western business community until fairly recent times. I also quoted excerpts of a 1979 speech by the then President of Panasonic that more or less (I go for “more”) threw this dichotomy into the faces of visiting Western businessmen. There was at that time a very robust difference between the Japanese and Western business cultures with respect to the…

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Want Respect for People? Grow the “Us” – Part 1

Want Respect for People? Grow the “Us” – Part 1

In a previous post, “Who Does the Thinking Around Here Anyway?”, I spent time describing what is meant by the term “production system” as in the Toyota Production System. A “production system” is a system for the “creation of value” – of value to another human being. And a “system” is composed of “interacting or interdependent component parts”. Not independent component parts, but “interacting or interdependent component parts”. If one thing changes, many things may, and probably will, change. The…

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