Toyota Talent: Developing Your People the Toyota Way

“Toyota Talent,” written by Jeffrey Liker and co-authored by David Meier, goes into depth about how Toyota gets its success. Both authors provide deeper insight into the 4 Ps method (Philosophy, People, Problem Solving, and Process), explained in “The Toyota Way Fieldbook.” Readers will learn how Toyota helps develop the talent and people it needs to succeed and how it can be done in another company. The book walks through the in-depth methods used to train and help each show their full potential so they can be a valuable part of the company. The book contains information about training plans, how to break down complicated jobs into more accessible ways to train, how to prepare the workplace properly, and how to recognize potential leaders in the workforce and educate other staff members. Liker and Meier will help get the most out of employees who want to work toward the company’s common goals.


“Toyota Talent,” written by Jeffrey Liker and David Meier, explains how Toyota has developed talented people to gain success as an automaker that produces dependable cars and trucks. The right workforce has led to Toyota’s success, and Toyota Talent helps explain some of the success that stems from the employees. Toyota’s methodology can be explained with the 4Ps (Philosophy, People, Problem-Solving, and Process). Liker and Meier, both authorities on Toyota’s success, help businesses achieve the same success as Toyota with the methodology laid out in Toyota Talent.

The book begins by explaining Toyota’s approach to developing employees and then continues on how to help these employees grow into high-performing individuals. The authors show how important it is to create a positive environment in the company, where learning and teaching are critical, and how this has benefited Toyota throughout the years.

Not only does Toyota Talent explain the purpose of training and creating environments where employees can learn, but it also dives into examples of how to train employees in all company areas. Readers will learn how to support each employee so that they can reach their full potential within the organization.

As part of the training plan, the book dives into understanding various types of work, how to break down those jobs, and how to educate employees on the complicated jobs. There are examples of adequately preparing the workplace and how that leads to the right expectations. Recognizing potential employees with your desired leadership qualities is essential in any organization. Toyota Talent gives readers information on how to recognize them so they can become potential trainers themselves in the workplace.

The authors have two decades of fieldwork and research to educate readers on making employees the best they can be so they can all work towards the company’s common goals. Liker teaches industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, and Meier is the president of a corporate consulting firm and a former Toyota executive. Their combined experience gives readers of Toyota Talent several tools to succeed in leadership roles and business.


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