I’ve been told, “If we bring you in don't use Japanese words or terms, don’t bring in Japanese consultants, don’t start telling us about Toyota, we serve patients, not cars – don't talk about the Toyota Production System.” My comment usually is, “what do you want me to talk about, what do you want?”
So, what about results? Rona and Kaplan, with coaching from John Black and Associates, led the adaptation of the Toyota Production System into the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS). With VMPS methods, the team has achieved increases in patient and staff satisfaction, huge reductions in patient wait time and medical errors, stable economic performance.
Rona, now CEO of Rona Consulting, explains the promise of the Toyota Production System best: “What was such an eye opener for us was that this was exactly what we were seeking in healthcare: A zero defect product that exceeded the expectations of its customers, the highest quality, the highest staff satisfaction, the lowest possible cost and reasonable economic performance.”
Lean leadership is an immersive experience, a total transformation. The Toyota Production System is a universal process that translates to all industries and will revolutionize your organization’s ability to harness its human capital.
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