Katie Anderson is an internationally recognized leadership coach, consultant, and professional speaker, best known for inspiring individuals and organizations to lead with intention. She founded her consulting practice in 2013 to work with leaders at all levels and organizations of all sizes to achieve higher levels of performance. She helps leaders to develop clarity of purpose and align their processes and behaviors in service of that purpose.
Katie is a lifelong learner whose career has traversed through roles in academia, consulting, and healthcare operations and process improvement. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Katie held leadership roles at two prominent California-based healthcare systems, was a consultant for PwC Australia, and held academic research positions at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Sydney. She has deep expertise and experience leading and coaching change in a variety of industries, including healthcare, biotech, manufacturing, education, government, and information technology, and is highly regarded among experts in the lean leadership space.
A California native, Katie has lived in five countries outside the United States -- including the UK, Australia, and Japan. In 2015, she and her husband moved with their children to Tokyo for an 18-month experience in Japan, where Katie developed a professional relationship with 40-year Toyota leader Isao Yoshino. What began as a connection filled with deep conversations evolved into a one-of-a-kind leadership book entitled "Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: Lessons from Toyota Leader Isao Yoshino on a Lifetime of Continuous Learning." Now back in the San Francisco Bay Area, Katie retains a strong connection to Japan and leads frequent study trips to Japan for leaders looking to deepen their knowledge of lean leadership, the Toyota Way, and Japanese culture.
Katie holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia, where she received her Master's degree in public health from Sydney University. Katie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, nearly a dozen chickens and hundreds of daruma dolls. When she is not traveling around the world, you can find her in her back- yard with her family, on a bike traversing the hills of Northern California, or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
Katie remains passionate about helping people around the world learn to lead and lead to learn. Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn is Katie's first nonfiction business book.
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Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: Lessons from Toyota Leader Isao Yoshino on a Lifetime of Continuous Learning
Refreshing, Timeless Lessons for Those Who Care to Lead
In Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn, leadership coach Katie Anderson and Toyota leader Isao Yoshino bring you a remarkable book about what it means to learn, to lead, and to care. Created through years of collaboration, this book offers their shared reflections on leadership and learning, providing readers an inspirational experience that defies generational and cultural divides.
“The only secret to Toyota is its attitude towards learning.” -- Isao Yoshino
With a career that spanned nearly four decades at Toyota Motor Corporation, Isao Yoshino’s stories help us understand how Toyota intentionally developed the culture of excellence for which it is renowned today, and how one person learned to lead so that he could lead to learn. Katie Anderson weaves together these heartwarming stories of personal discovery, and offers her own unique perspective on them, with the intention of helping you learn to lead and lead to learn.
Reflection is the Key to Learning
Dive into Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn to discover the power of reflection as a source for learning. Uncover never-before-published “insider stories” from pivotal moments in Toyota’s history and fascinating nuances that inspired the Toyota Way. And walk away with fresh insights and excitement about people-centered leadership, organizational excellence, and yourself.
If you’ve ever been mentored -- in business or in life -- by someone whose words, experiences, and perspectives changed you for the better, you know that an entire book of honest reflection and deep wisdom can have a profound impact on the world. For today’s business professionals -- dedicated to continuous learning and people-centered leadership -- this is that book.
Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind tapestry that will inspire both veteran and aspiring leaders to reflect and learn. It’s a book for leaders of all levels, in any industry, anywhere in the world, who strive to create a culture of continuous learning and to lead with intention -- by helping others discover their best selves, while also developing themselves.
-- With a Foreword by John Shook, Chairman, Lean Global Network --
“If you are seeking the next step on your own journey of leadership transformation, reading this book and living its lessons will help you become the leader you always knew you could be.” -- Richard Sheridan, CEO, Menlo Innovations and Author of Joy, Inc. and Chief Joy Officer
“I encourage anyone who influences people in cultural change to embrace the shared wisdom in this book.” -- Tracey Richardson, Author of The Toyota Engagement Equation
“If you’re interested in lean and learning, this is an absolute must-read!” -- Michael Ballé, Co-author of The Gold Mine Trilogy and The Lean Strategy
“If you want to really understand continuous improvement … read this book.” -- Jeffrey Liker, Author of The Toyota Way
“This captivating read will make you stop and consider your own untapped reservoirs of influence, generosity of spirit, and humble leadership.” -- Elisabeth Swan, Chief Learning Experience Officer at GoLeanSixSigma.com and Co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit