GA 308 | Lessons Learned at Toyota with Andy Reith

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By Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker & Co-Founder of Gemba Academy, Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker, and Co-Founder of Gemba Academy. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

This week’s guest is Andy Reith. Ron and Andy discussed working at Toyota, the challenges small businesses face, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The quote that inspires Andy (2:32)
  • Andy’s background (3:18)
  • What Andy learned from working at Toyota (5:16)
  • What Respect for People means to Andy (6:56)
  • How Andy learned some of the lean tools (8:38)
  • What Andy is up to these days (10:15)
  • The challenges small businesses face (11:14)
  • About Origin Maine (12:33)
  • Some of the improvements Andy has seen (15:25)
  • Andy’s observations on strategy at small manufacturers (18:49)
  • About his own andon system (24:07)
  • Andy’s advice (27:24)

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