December 17, 2012 12:02 ET

Finally an Answer to the Human Side of Lean

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2012) -  Coming to the West for the first time, a new book The Harada Method: the Spirit of Self-Reliance, by world leaders in the lean movement, Takashi Harada and Norman Bodek, introduces the Harada Method, ranked by the Japan Management Association as the world's best process in day-to-day management for developing people to reach their fullest capability. This unique step-by-step process encourages people to set individual goals and develop their own growth plans, working towards individual success and success for their organization. It's a life-changing tool for motivating people to be more creative, productive and empowered to take charge of their own life while becoming highly skilled on the job.

The Method is based on the principle that people can become totally self-reliant employees, developing the skills needed to be true artisans at their work. This method is the answer to the missing link of lean. It meshes perfectly with Six Sigma, Hoshin Planning, and other continuous improvement efforts and will revolutionize the way people are trained and educated throughout American industry. Included in the book are interviews with Jeffrey Liker, author of the Toyota Way, Robert Miller, director of the Shingo Prize, and John Allen, former director of HR for Toyota. 

Uniquely, Takashi Harada started his career as a track and field coach in Osaka, Japan, in an extremely disadvantaged neighborhood. He was able to eventually lead his unmotivated students to become champions, with the school rising from the worst to the best. After perfecting his method in the school system, he adapted it successfully for industry and has trained over 60,000 people throughout Japan.

Norman Bodek started Productivity Inc./Press, and is now the President of PCS Press. Over the years, he published over 250 books, authored seven books, has been selected to Industry Week's Hall of Fame, and has been known by many as the "Godfather of Lean," since he is known for introducing Dr. Shigeo Shingo, Taiichi Ohno and 50 other Japanese masters to the West. 

"The Harada Method provides the means for anyone to establish and reach their goals through a systematic approach that everyone can follow. This method allows the individual to take responsibility for defining their own plan in achieving self-reliance and personal performance." 
-Trace P. Tandy, vice president, Milbank Manufacturing

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