The Shingijutsu Story
Shingijutsu and the Toyota Production System
Shingijutsu was started in 1987 by some of the pioneers of the widely praised Toyota Production System. That system employed a series of steps that emanated from four key principles:
Always Maintain a Long-Term Vision
Base your management decisions on a long-term vision, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.
The Right Process Will Produce the Right Results
Work processes are redesigned to eliminate waste (muda) through the process of continuous improvement (kaizen).
Add Value to the Organization by Developing Your People
Grow leaders who thoroughly understand the work, live the philosophy, and teach it to others.
Continuously Solving Root Problems Drives Organizational Learning
Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation.
In the business world, there’s been a lot of talk about change: why to change, when to change and how to change. That talk has led many companies to resort to the prevailing “change movement of the moment.” There was re-engineering in the eighties, outsourcing in the nineties and the new century began with a wave of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. But when it came to achieving sustainable high performance, guess what? Not much has changed except with Shingijutsu. Since its inception in 1987, Shingijutsu has quietly and effectively led many companies on very successful transformations by harmonizing quality, quantity and timing. While others fell away as a “fad of the month”, Shingijutsu has remained.
At Shingijutsu, we believe the key to successful process improvement begins with changing the way you think — about the nature of work and the way you value and honor (yes, honor) both your employees and the work they do.
The Shingijutsu Experience.
Working with Shingijutsu will be unlike any other experience you have had before. They expect total commitment and engagement. They teach, not in a classroom but from the Genba. They force you to question yourself and the way you have always done things. Shingijutsu methodologies are rooted in nature and in creating a Zen-like harmony in doing business. While it may take a while to understand and embrace the Shingijutsu way, the end result is well worth the effort.
A New Body of Thought
Revolutionary? No, not really. Shingijutsu’s philosophy is actually rooted in nature; in the perennial harmony that empowers living environments, ecosystems and the human body. We believe it’s the same with business. The dynamic elements of a successful company are just as diverse, just as interconnected as those in the human body - continually working together to produce, to improve, and to thrive. Improvement requires an holistic approach, because when one part of the system goes awry, all aspects of the system are affected.