Date(s) – 15/09/2016 – 16/09/2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm




Lean Leadership Training in Auckland

Dates: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th September 2016
Rakon, 8 Sylvia Park Road, Auckland (Both training and facility tour at this location)
Fee: Early-bird AU$1,145
until 31 July | Full fee AU$1,295
No GST charged for New Zealand-based training courses

The Lean Leadership Master Class is an opportunity to learn from one of the world’s leading kaizen practitioners and trainers. As a Toyota factory manager and lean leader, Akinori Hyodo has built a 40 year career as a lean sensei fostering the Toyota Production System within Toyota, its supply-chain, and more recently within non-automotive companies.

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Hyodo Sensei

The master class will be led by Hyodo Sensei, a former factory manager at the Toyota factory in Japan responsible for the manufacture of the HiAce vehicle. Now retired as a factory manager, Hyodo Sensei heads the Toyota Dojo (Toyota training facility) of that Toyota factory providing lean training courses for companies in Toyota’s supply chain and Toyota tours, and hosts the training component of the Shinka Management Lean Japan Tour.

Career highlights include:

- Factory Manager Toyota Parts Factory
- Factory Manager at Toyota Assembly Plant
- 13-year member and leader of All-Toyota Kaizen Promotion Team
- 27 years leading TPS Development within the No.1 ranked Toyota factory for quality
- Consulted globally with a wide range of non-automotive companies

Lean Training Toyota Sensei

Who is this for?

This master class is designed for senior managers and lean practitioners interested in fostering a culture of continuous improvement within their organisation. You will learn first-hand about how process improvement is achieved within Japan’s leading companies, and more importantly, how to implement these practices within your operations.

Particularly relevant sectors include manufacturing, food and beverage, mining, wholesale & retail trade, logistics and transport.

Topics Covered

This two-day lean leadership training will focus on the application of lean principles and the Toyota Production System (TPS) to sectors outside of automotive. The course will go beyond theory to discuss how lean thinking can be implemented and sustained within a company.

Day One
- TPS principles
- Developing human assets
- Role of top management
- Factory visit and diagnosis

Day Two
- Factory visit review
- 5S and visual management
- Standardized work creation
- Continuous improvement culture

The course will also include an overview of the operations at the Toyota HiAce factory in Japan, as well as an afternoon tour and mini diagnosis at Rakon in Auckland. This training is presented in partnership with Simply Lean Business Solutions.


Please complete the registration form below, or on the bottom of the Kaizen Foundation Series page. One of our team will follow up with a confirmation and an invoice for registration. For questions or initial registrations of interest, please contact us.