1. 10

    The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.

  2. 9

    When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.

  3. 8

    Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.

  4. 7

    The slower but consistent tortoise causes less waste and is more desirable than the speedy hare that races ahead and then stops occasionally to doze. The Toyota Production System can be realized only when all the workers become tortoises.

  5. 6

    The more inventory a company has, the less likely they will have what they need.

  6. 5

    We are doomed to failure without a daily destruction of our various preconceptions.

  7. 4

    Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.

  8. 3

    Having no problems is the biggest problem of all.

  9. 2

    The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people's creativity. People don't go to Toyota to 'work' they go there to 'think'.

  10. 1

    All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.

  11. Last Update: 13 June 2021

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