A must-read for service professionals of every level, this essential book takes the proven Lean principles of the bestselling Toyota Way series and applies them directly to the industries where quality of service is crucial for success. Jeff Liker and Karyn Ross show you how to develop Lean practices throughout your organization using the famous 4P model. Whether you are an executive, manager, consultant, or frontline worker who deals with customers every day, you’ll learn how take advantage of all Lean has to offer.
With this book as your guide, you’ll gain a clear understanding of Lean and discover the principles, practices and tools needed to develop people and processes that surprise and delight each of your customers. These ground-tested techniques are designed to help you make continuous improvements in your services, streamline your operations, and add ever-increasing value to your customers. Fascinating case studies of Lean-driven success in a range of service industries, including healthcare, insurance, financial services, and telecommunications, illustrate that Lean principles and practices work as well in services as they do in manufacturing.
Drawn from original research and real-world examples, The Toyota Way to Service Excellence will help you make the leap to Lean.
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
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About the Author
Liker lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and children.
Karyn Ross is a Lean consultant and executive coach focused on driving sustainable business culture change in service organizations. She has worked with companies such as Paychex, PrimePay, Zurich Insurance, and National Taxi Limo to help them develop a culture of problem solving and improved business practices. A regular contributor to the Lean Leadership Ways Industry Week Blog, she has also written for The Lean Management Journal and Industrial Engineer Magazine. Ross resides in Naperville, Illinois.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Toyota Way as a General Management Philosophy xiii
Chapter 1 What Is Service Excellence? 1
Chapter 2 The Toyota Way Continues to Evolve 29
Chapter 3 Principle 1: Philosophy of Long-Term Systems Thinking 55
Chapter 4 Developing Lean Processes: A Short Story 85
Chapter 5 Macroprocess Principles: Create a Cadence of High Value Flowing to Customers 135
Chapter 6 Microprocess Principles: Make Work Patterns Visible for Continuous Improvement 185
Chapter 7 Macrolevel People Principles: The Context for Exceptional People to Provide Exceptional Service 233
Chapter 8 Microlevel People Principles: Develop People to Become Masters of Their Craft 261
Chapter 9 Problem-Solving Principles: Strive Toward a Clear Direction Through Experimenting 311
Chapter 10 The Long Journey to a Customer-Focused Learning Organization 359
For Further Reading 407