Learn from Toyota (TPS = Toyota Production System): Develop people and talent
A common expression heard around Toyota is: ” We do not just build cars, we build people.”
Toyota doesn’t just produce cars, it produces talented people.
Interesting, isn’t it?
You can develop talented people and an exceptional workforce in your company by learning from the insights of the book “TOYOTA TALENT .. DEVELOPING YOUR PEOPLE THE TOYOTA WAY” by Jeffrey K. Liker and David P. Meier. The book provides you with the inside knowledge you need to define your organizational needs and objectives, to create development plans for all employees, grow your top talent from within, analyze routine work and ancillary tasks, break down a job for effective training and break the cycle of poor training and results to create a cycle of continuous learning and improvement.
Toyota continues to be successful since a long time. Information on Toyota’s production system has been widely available for over 30 years, but no other company could completely duplicate Toyota’s results.
What is Toyota’s secret?
The answer is the following: Great people, supported by a strong system that mandates the need for such talent.
Many organizations have access to the same technology, machinery, raw materials, even the same pool of employees as Toyota. However, the full benefit is from Toyota’s people who carry this success. These people work to develop highly dependable suppliers; they strive to create specific technology that will benefit the company, and they collaborate with machinery suppliers to develop equipment that fits the specific needs of the production system – the Toyota Production System (TPS – developed by Taiichi Ohno).
Now, why are other companies unsuccessful in copying Toyota’s methods?
The reason is rooted in human nature.
Robert Quinn in “Building the Bridge as You Walk on It” explains that it is not possible to duplicate the success of any other company by merely imitating its techniques. We should not forget the importance of relationships. People imitate the technique originated elsewhere but fail to live in the fundamental state of leadership. It is not only about copying the outward appearance of what Toyota is doing, but about pursuing the much harder and time-consuming aspect of changing the own behavior to replicate Toyota’s culture and infrastructure.
WHAT WE SHOULD LEARN …
Talent needs to be cultivated and developed
The Toyota Production System (TPS) requires highly capable people to maintain and continuously improve it
The concept is simple to understand, but very difficult to apply
It requires a dedication to personal change
It requires realization that only through facing adversity and hardship the true benefits will be achieved
Toyota’s success is oriented in processes, not in results
In Toyota there is a saying: ” morno zukuri wa hito zukuri” which means “making things is about making people” (Isao Kato, long-time employee)
You cannot separate people development from production system development if you want to succeed in the long run (Isao Kato)
When we compare the last points with other companies, we realize that other companies overlook their responsibilities to develop people to their highest potential. There are individuals who are unable to perform no matter how much effort is made. Toyota follows the basic promise of the Job Instruction method: “If the student hasn’t learned, he teacher hasn’t taught.” That means every effort must be made to help all individuals reach a high level of performance. With Toyota people are given the right tools to step onto the bus or to get off.
( Source: ”TOYOTA TALENT .. DEVELOPING YOUR PEOPLE THE TOYOTA WAY” by Jeffrey K. Liker and David P. Meier )
( Karin Sebelin)
I am Karin Sebelin,
cross-cultural leadership and branding expert from Germany,
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I am a professional writer, author of 2 German children’s books, and co-author in an anthology.
I am author of the book “Trust …. the only kind of influence that really matters”
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