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Tech Leadership 4.0: Leading in a Technologically Driven World

As the “Fourth Wave” of the industrial revolution progresses, the importance of leadership in a complex and turbulent world becomes ever more critical. Tech Leadership 4.0 guides technical trailblazers into the Fourth Wave by emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, personal balance, and organization.

Written by Michael A. Anleitner of Livonia Technical Services and Dr. Rob Pasick, a psychologist, the book gives you an in-depth and detailed prescriptive guide to developing the skills needed to be a successful Fourth Wave leader. It also shows you how to develop and follow a leadership action plan that turns your personal vision and mission into reality.




Mindset Resources

Books on developing positive mental habits and mindsets that contribute to growth and success. 

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

In her groundbreaking book, Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., explains the power of mindset. She shows how success in school, work, sports, and nearly every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. If people believe that abilities are fixed, they are less likely to succeed than those who believe that abilities can be developed, those with a growth mindset. 

This updated edition also expands concept to apply to the cultures of groups and organizations, helping managers, teachers, and parents alike understand that with the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.



The Power of Habit

Award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg explains why habits exist, how they can be changed, and that the key to achieving success is understanding how habits work. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. He shows us that by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.




Toyota Kata Resources

Books, tools, and additional information about Toyota Kata, including the essential books by Mike Rother. #ToyotaKata #Kata #StarterKata #Lean

The Toyota Kata Practice Guide: Practicing Scientific Thinking Skills for Superior Results in 20 Minutes a Day

The companion to Rother's Toyota Kata that introduced the methodology in the U.S., this book is a well-organized, actionable guide to using this powerful methodology in your organization. The Toyota Kata Practice Guide includes the foundational information about the why and how of using Kata, including the Starter Kata framework to teach, practice, and form habits to build skills, solve problems, and achieve goals.



Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness, and Superior Results

The definitive guide to the research and reasoning behind Toyota Kata, Mike Rother's 2009 book explains the Improvement Kata and the Coaching Kata, which together form a methodology for teaching the scientific method of thinking and working and building a culture of continuous improvement. The book includes Rother's observations and insights on the management style practiced by Japanese manufacturers and how it has kept them at the top of productivity and innovation for decades.


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Toyota Kata Culture: Building Organizational Capability and Mindset through Kata Coaching

For decades Toyota has been the benchmark for continuous improvement and engaging every employee in working toward common, customer-related goals. In his groundbreaking book Toyota Kata, Mike Rother revealed management practices that drive Toyota’s success in providing value to their customers. Now, Toyota Kata Culture delivers the routines and instructions for disseminating Kata across an entire organization. Learn and practice the fundamentals of scientific thinking and how to build a deliberate, scientific-thinking culture that grows capability, and make aligned strategic continuous improvement part of everyday work. 



The Essential Toyota Kata Bundle

Includes two Toyota Kata foundational books by Mike Rother: Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results and The Toyota Kata Practice Guide: Practicing Scientific Thinking for Superior Results in 20 minutes a day. Save on both with this bundle.



The Toyota Kata Field Guide Power Pack

This bundle includes two key guides for implementing the foundations of Toyota Kata,  Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata, in any organization: The Toyota Kata Practice Guide: Practicing Scientific Thinking for Superior Results in 20 minutes a day and Toyota Kata Culture: Building Organizational Capability and Mindset through Kata Coaching.




Lean Resources

Books and information to help guide you through learning and implementing Lean in your organization.

Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA

Researched and written by Lean gurus Mike Rother and John Shook, Learning to See details Toyota's famed mapping methodology. The primer and workbook in one is an invaluable resource that explains everything you need to know about creating current-state and future-state maps how to use them to move from the current to the improved future state.   



The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

A fascinating novel, The Goal has transformed management thinking since it was first published over 30 years ago. A harried plant manager works to improve performance before his plant is closed causing hundreds of job losses. A chance meeting with his old professor helps him break out of conventional thinking and see what needs to be done. The Goal explains the ideas that underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC), developed by Eli Goldratt.



Creating Continuous Flow: An Action Guide for Managers, Engineers & Production Associates

Creating Continuous Flow narrows the focus of Learning to See from the door-to-door value stream perspective to achieving true continuous flow at your critical pacemaker processes. Use this workbook to learn where to focus your efforts, how to create more efficient cells and lines, how to operate a pacemaker process so that a lean value stream is possible, and how to sustain the gains and keep improving.



Creating Level Pull: A Lean Production-System Improvement Guide for Production-Control, Operations, and Engineering Professionals (Lean Tool Kit)

Learn how to advance a lean manufacturing transformation from a focus on isolated improvements to improving the entire production system. Work at the system level, implementing a lean production control system that brings together the flows and information from every product family in a plant, smoothing production activities and creating a robust pull system.



Lean for Dummies

Learn Lean the "Dummies" way, in this plain English, easy to understand guide to the basics of Lean. This revised edition includes the latest tools, techniques, and advice on implementation along with the best ways to apply Lean to your enterprise. Written to be used in any industry and type of business from large companies to small businesses, non-profits to services to healthcare, and, of course, manufacturers. Learn the information you need to get started streamlining processes and operating more efficiently.



Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

This best-selling business book by renowned management experts James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones is based on the now famous Toyota (Lean) model, combining operational excellence and value-based strategies to produce consistent growth. The Lean Thinker doesn't look for the next shiny idea but goes back to basics, looking at what customers really value and streamlining processes and eliminating wasteful activities that don't add value. The Lean Thinker combines a powerful examples with a step-by-step action plan for a lean transformation in your business.



Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels: A Practical Guide

Winner of the 2016 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels presents the Lean Leadership Development Model (LLDM), a guide to developing the behaviors and culture that are necessary to the successful implementation of Lean in any organization. Developing Lean Leaders at all Levels builds on the foundational ideas in The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership and provides direction on applying operational excellence and management principles, learning to become a Lean Leader, and seeding these ideas throughout your organization.



The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Startup offers a new approach to preventing the failure most new ventures succumb to, in spite of their best efforts. Pulling from the lessons of lean manufacturing, author Eric Ries delivers a path focused on "validated learning," rapid scientific experimentation, shortened product development cycles, how to measure actual process, and learning what your customers really value. His scientific approach can help any new venture penetrate the fog of uncertainty and create and manage a successful startup.



5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace

Hiroyuki Hirano’s five pillars of the visual workplace: sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain are the most fundamental and often overlooked aspects in continuous improvement initiatives. The framework of the 5S System, these are a set of principles vital to any successful Lean implementation. This hands-on book explains the principles, rationale, and implementation details of the 5S System in an easy-to-read and apply format that includes summaries and diagrams for each step. Learn the improvements that are essential to achieving basic Lean goals:  shorter equipment changeovers, just-in-time inventory, total quality management, and total productive maintenance.



The Toyota Way, Second Edition: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

Since its original publication in 2003, The Toyota Way has grown to be one of the most important books in the continuous improvement movement, driving businesses across the globe to emulate Toyota’s world-changing process philosophy. Now multiple Shingo Award-winning management and operations expert Dr. Jeffrey Liker has updated his bestselling book with new data and updated information about Toyota’s approach to competitiveness in the new world of mobility and smart technology. With The Toyota Way, you have an inspiration and a model of how to set a direction, continuously improve and learn at all levels, continually "flow" value to satisfy customers, improve your leadership, and get quality right the first time.



The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

Management expert Jeffrey Liker's now-classic business management book on how to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry. Rooted in the highly successful and sustainable practices of Toyota, The Toyota Way explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability. Profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles show managers in every industry how to improve business processes by eliminating waste, building in quality, small-quantity production, and engaging every employee as a quality control inspector.




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