Masaaki Imai Remembers Lean Legends from Toyota
Ron Pereira sits down for more than 40 minutes and talks with Mr. Masaaki Imai who is known the world over as the original “Lean Guru” and the father of Continuous Improvement. Mr. Imai has been a pioneer and leader in spreading the kaizen philosophy all over the world. His firsthand account of the history of lean based on his close associations and travels with such legendary giants as Shoichiro Toyoda and Taichi Ohno and reveals the secrets behind the success of such Japanese companies.
How Taiichi Ohno Approached Toyota’s Post-War Challenges
Mr. Imai explains what his relationship with Mr. Taiichi Ohno was like including how they played golf together on more than one occasion!
Taiichi Ohno’s Experiments with Multi-process Handling
Mr. Imai continues to discuss Mr. Ohno including a story of Mr. Ohno's giant cat that he used to carry around his home! Mr. Imai also explains how Toyota was forced to succeed with less resources after the war and how this may have been the true secret to their global success.