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The October 2017 Executive Development Mission will take leaders like you to the next level of Lean thinking. By immersing you in Lean cultures at Toyota and other Japanese organizations, you’ll understand the pure principles of Kaizen (Continuous Improvement). Learn why and how the Toyota Production System has led Toyota Motors to be the most competitive motor company in the world.

Join us in October and you’ll experience:

  • Immersive seminars
  • On-site Kaizen training
  • A factory tour at the world-leading Toyota facility



OCTOBER 8th - 14th

Included in the cost:

  • All breakfasts*
  • Land transportation
  • Learning material
  • Hotel
  • Dojo training
  • Reception dinner and ceremonial lunch

In today’s highly competitive economy, every organization in the world must begin thinking about how they can be more Lean. So, we’ve organized the Executive Development Mission, to help educate and inspire leaders by helping them experience the current status of Lean’s place of birth, at Toyota Motors.

Get an Exclusive Guided Toyota Tour

Join us and you’ll see how Toyota produces high quality automobiles and responds to customer needs. Watch how body parts are welded onto a vehicle body and parts are assembled to form a complete vehicle.

You’ll get access to as many as 4,000 exhibition pieces – dynamic displays of original equipment, actual demonstrations by operators, instructive videos, and more. The exhibitions provide an easy-to-understand introduction to the concept of making things.

You’ll Experience making things first hand and discover the wonders of spirit of the being studious and creative.

Why Attend?

Insider View

Get an insider view of a Japanese Toyota plant – the birthplace of Lean.

Lean Simulations

Spend a day at the Dojo immersed in Lean simulations and open discussions with former Toyota executives.

Professional Guidance

Be guided by experienced Toyota trained professionals during your weeklong mission.

Core Concepts

Visit the origins of Lean and understand the core concepts that can only be seen at the Toyota Kaikan and Toyota Tech Museum.

Cultural Tools

Develop a clearer vision of what your organization can achieve by building a Lean Culture.


  • Training with  Consultants with a Toyota Motors background
  • Seminars and Kaizen Training
  • Case Examples
  • Gemba Walks
  • Small guided groups of approximately 20 participants to lead to substantial output
  • Daily group discussions and reflection


  • To study the background and structure of Toyota Production System
  • To analyze and solve any problems participant’s may have together
  • To have a tour of the world’s highest level Lean factory
  • To learn about Japanese culture and the background of the Toyota Production System
  • To allow for communication between fellow seminar members

What’s Included

  • Six nights of hotel accommodations
  • All factory tours and
  • Seminars and seminar material
  • Certificate
  • Interpreters
  • Museum tickets
  • Dojo training
  • Meals including reception dinner and ceremonial lunch (all Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the price. The other 3 dinner times will be free to do as you wish. 1 Lunch will be at a Shrine where you will have time to explore on your own)
  • All internal Japan transportation is also included

What’s Not Included

  • The fees DO NOT COVER airfare to and from the event


These are minimum requirements to get maximum performance on your Executive Development Mission.

  • You must currently have a leadership role within your organization
  • You must speak fluent English

For those needing to pay in installments the following schedule applies:

  • Confirmation fee (Due registration – 50%) – $4200
  • Final installment (100%) – $4200 by Sept 27th

*Cancellation policy: 100% refund for cancellations done 90 days prior to event. Cancellations done up to 45 days to the event will be refunded 50% and within less than 45 days of the event will be refunded 30% of the total amount.


Please note that the agenda begins at Nagoya Airport and ends in Tokyo. Participants will be responsible for getting themselves to the Nagoya airport on Oct, 8. Check with your travel agent about whether flights that arrive on the 7th might be more economical.

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Q&A For the Executive Development Mission

GoLeanSixSigma – Honsha Interview with Darril Wilburn – FAQ
(Listen to the full interview here)

Question: How long has Honsha been putting the tours on?

Answer: We (Honsha) have been doing the tours for 5 years now and our 8th one will be coming in October (2017).

We go to Toyota, suppliers, and some places that are non-manufacturing examples of Lean. We get a chance to see a cross section of companies, and we’ve been able to fill 15-20 spots every time.

Question: When you go on the tour, who are the people that you find are most interested in going?

Answer: Managers and above, but we also have Lean practitioners from companies that go as well.

Also, anyone that asks himself, “How do I create a vision for my company based on what I’m seeing in these very mature organizations?”

Question: What would you say is the biggest contrast from Toyota versus any other company?

Answer: Trying to help them understand what it feels like, not just what you see. It’s almost like you’re in this orchestra where you can feel this rhythm throughout the organization when things are running well. And when it’s not going well, you can feel that [in the workflow].

When we go to other organizations, most times that’s not the case. For example, a few years ago, I was doing an initial Gemba Walk for a government contractor that was making vehicles for the military, and I asked the guy, “Are we on break?” He looked at me with a sad face and says, “That’s part of the problem, I can’t tell.” It’s not just a thing that you see, but it’s also a thing that you feel.

Question: Who should join the tour and what will they find the most valuable takeaway?

Answer: We have a wide variety of experience levels that go. There have been three or four instances where they have been at the end of the career, and I’ve been really moved by their reflection and what this trip has meant to them.

More than once, they’ve said, “I feel more inspired now to go back and give even more. I want to extend my time so I can leave a legacy of this kind of system (TPS) where I work.” And honestly some of these people are so moved at the end of the week just reflecting on what it meant to them to be able to come and rejuvenate their careers this way.

I think, again, for some people it really ends up being life changing. And one of the gentlemen who went 4 years ago sent me a note and said, “Since that trip my wife and I have done a lot more travel internationally, and not only did it inspire me work wise, but it inspired me to see the world.”

Question: How many people are usually on a tour?

Answer: We try to limit the group size to 16, but have been filling it with a few more people to meet demand.

Question: How far in advance do you end registration?

Answer: About a month before the event. In case there is still availability within a month or less to the event, we will still try to accommodate people. However, in less than a month availabilities start to get trickier as we want to ensure everyone stays in the same hotel, etc.
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