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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lean and Personal Productivity

Toyota, the shining example of lean today, offers excellent insights and a guide toward improving personal productivity.

In a LifeHack article entitled "What Toyota Can Teach You about Personal Productivity," authors Peter Paul Roosen and Tatsuya Nakagawa offer these tips:

  • Create manual systems first, then use technology as a tool to assist the process.
  • Create an environment where constant learning occurs.
  • Eliminate – don’t just reduce waste.
  • Build quality into everything. Aim for “great” rather than just “good enough” wherever there is opportunity to do so.
  • Create systems to respect and treat partners well.
  • Work with others but maintain core competencies. Do not outsource the important decisions.
  • Chose friends and associates carefully.

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