Monday, November 20, 2006

Article About Toyota's Kentucky Plant

Click on the link below to read a great article on the culture and philosophy that Toyota has instilled in its American workers in Kentucky. Warning: this article is very long. It's also very insightful, so it's well worth the time spent reading it.

http://www.fastcompany.com/subscr/111/open_no-satisfaction.html

How does this apply to homebuilding?

With homebuilding, as with any other form of enterprise, there is a need to constantly tweak and improve your processes. Homebuilders deal with a barrage of problems on a daily basis: weather, material shortages, unreliable labor, change orders, cost increases, governmental bureaucracy, and many, many more. Without a culture that emphasizes continuous improvement, our chances of long-term survival are less than our chances of developing ulcers, pulling our hair out, and going mad.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that a picture of Bill V. after a staff meeting?

Anonymous said...

That was a long article, with lots of words.

M Smith said...

Toyota seems to have buy in from ALL levels of their company.

Mike L said...

Yes, at Toyota the efforts of the managers seem to be in harmony with the efforts of their line workers. The long-term philosophy is instilled at all levels.

Cindy A said...

Similar to behavior base safety. Empower the people and you will get results.