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You'll learn what a modern work force is supposed to look like... how a modern factory is supposed to run.

Toyota revolutionized it 30-40 years ago and now those same principles are EVERYWHERE. That was the basic discovery of 'The Machine That Changed The World'... that the Japanese didn't have a monopoly on good practices... rather they could be found in North America, Europe, Asia... but they all had certain things in common... they coined the term 'lean practices' to describe them. And lean doesn't mean give them the mushroom treatment... keep them in the dark, feed them shit... Many of the 'lean plants' have the highest wages in the manufacturing world... they are so productive they can afford to pay them and still remain profitable... Toyota City in Japan is the poster child for this.

And the principles are spreading into offices too... My wife just went to a seminar on 'lean practices' in the office environment... basically the Toyota system projected into the services side... she isn't big on 'buzz words' but was shocked how much sense it made... almost too much for a large company.

Once you understand what good practices are then looking at regs & policy that 'fix' labor woes makes sense... until then it is like adjusting the thermostat and not being able to feel the temperature.

That was my point.

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by dryfly (jjwhodat at hotmail dot com) on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 01:45:31 PM EST
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