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13 Invaluable Shigeo Shingo Quotes

Shigeo Shingo, a Japanese industrial engineer was considered to be one of the world’s leading manufacturing experts and its practice with the Toyota Production System. With over a dozen books and publications, here is a look at some of the most notable Shigeo Shingo quotes ever documented.

“A relentless barrage of ‘why’s’ is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often.”

“Are you too busy for improvement? Frequently, I am rebuffed by people who say they are too busy and have no time for such activities.”

“Even the greatest idea can become meaningless in the rush to judgement. To gauge an idea as feasible we must cut our ties to the status quo and find the balance between constructive criticism and judgment.”

“Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.”

“It’s only the last turn of a bolt that tightens it – the rest is just movement.”

“Lean is a way of thinking- not a list of things to do.”

“The best approach is to dig out and eliminate problems where they are assumed not to exist.”

“The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.”

“There are four purposes of improvement: easier, better, faster, and cheaper. These four goals appear in the order of priority.”

“Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress.”

“Unless you change direction, you will end up where you are headed.”

“We have to grasp not only the Know-How but also ‘Know Why’, if we want to master the Toyota Production System.”

“When you buy bananas all you want is the fruit not the skin, but you have to pay for the skin also. It is a waste. And you the customer should not have to pay for the waste.”

Here is some sound advice shared by one of the world’s top greatest consultants Shigeo Shingo.

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