toyota manufacturing continuous improvementContinuous improvement in the field of material handling is critical to our customers, our country’s economy and to all of us personally.

“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Here at Toyota, we strive to stay ahead of the competition while holding strong to our Core Precepts, or general rules that Toyota lives by.

But these precepts are followed by our employees as guiding principles even outside the office — at home, in everyday life. Using Toyota’s precepts, you too can make continuous improvements.

Take a look below at each precept to see how you could use them at home.

Always Be Faithful to Your Duties, Thereby Contributing to the Company and to the Overall Good

You probably have many different duties you perform as a spouse, parent, or homeowner. Making sure you are completing your tasks —such as driving your kids to practice, feeding your pets, and taking out the trash — helps contribute to the overall good of your “company.” If you fail to do these things, it could have a negative effect.

Always Be Studious and Creative, Striving to Stay Ahead of the Times

Nobody knows everything. Which is why being open to learning new things, and having a new way of thinking is vitally important. Take a class, read a blog post, or even watch the local news! You may find something that interests you or could help you solve a problem later. Making sure that you continually grow your knowledge base is important for making tough decisions or solving intricate problems.

Always Be Practical and Avoid Frivolity

I’m sure you can think of times where you’ve spent hours and hours on Facebook or Twitter while you should have been doing something more productive. Make sure you aren’t wasting time away, and really manage each moment so that you continuously add value to your life and achieve your goals. When you come up with an idea or a task, make sure you are acting on it, and not daydreaming about the completion of that task. Recognizing that you need to change your thinking to make continuous improvements in your life is a very important first step.

Always Strive to Build a Homelike Atmosphere at Work That Is Warm and Friendly

For me, this one is extremely important — not only at work but in my everyday life. No matter where you are, you should always treat everyone around you with respect. This could be at the grocery store, the auto shop, or your favorite restaurant. Take the extra time to open a door for someone, or greet them with a big smile. Sometimes the smallest of gestures mean a lot to people!

Always Have Respect for God and Remember to Be Grateful at All Times

We live in a time when people don’t always remember how lucky they are. Having a roof to sleep under, clothes to wear, and food to eat are all things that we should be grateful for. Take some time at your family dinner to go around the table and talk about what you are thankful for — and make it a habit to do this once or twice a week. (You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to be thankful!)

Sticking to Toyota’s precepts isn’t always easy, but we strive every day to follow them and make sure we are doing business the right way. And it doesn’t stop there. We take what we learn and apply it to our daily lives — enabling us to build stronger families and communities wherever we go.

 

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