While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Toyota's worldwide reputation is built on its reputation for quality and reliability, and its remarkably efficient operations. Manufacturers recognize Toyota as the model for superior industrial production in the 21st century. Toyota invests heavily in employee training and education because its executives believe that their workers hold the key to Toyota's competitive advantage. Toyota employees are dedicated, knowledgeable, capable and enthusiastic. Jeffrey K. Liker and David P. Meier say that your organization can benefit from emulating Toyota's training program. It's a matter of making the commitment. getAbstract highly recommends studying this book. You'll feel as if Toyota's most revered sensei (the Japanese title for "teacher") is explaining, step by step, how your company can organize a job-training program that will lead to Toyota-style success.
About the Authors
Jeffrey K. Liker, Ph.D., is a University of Michigan professor who teaches industrial and operations engineering. David P. Meier, a former Toyota executive, is the president of a corporate consulting firm.