ABOUT THE BOOK
The corporate landscape is littered with the carcasses of companies that have failed in their pursuit of the Toyota Way. Their efforts fail precisely because they’re trying to copy Toyota.
The average organization copying Toyota is like a couch potato copying the training regimen of Michael Phelps or Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest distance runners in history. Those athletes are so inconceivably advanced that cribbing their training routine would inevitably lead to injury, frustration, and failure. It’s pointless to even look at how they train if you can’t even swim a lap in a pool or run a mile.
Trying to be like Toyota is a mistake. What leaders need to do instead is learn from Toyota—learn how to convert their competent organizations into dynamic, constantly improving, profoundly customer-focused entities. A “fit” organization has the ability to continually improve in a manner that delivers superior performance and results over the long haul.
Building the Fit Organization distills the lessons from the Toyota Production System into six core concepts and couches them in the easily understandable language of physical fitness and athletic excellence—no Japanese, no English jargon, and no off-putting references to Toyota. Read this book and learn how to make your organization faster, more competitive, and better able to win in your market.