— Bill Fox
On Thursday, I learned that Norman Bodek, author, coach, and owner at PCS Press, passed away. Norman was a bigger than life mentor, coach, and friend to me.
I first met Norman Bodek in 1992 when he was the owner of Productivity Inc. and Productivity Press, where our shared interests in workplace productivity brought us together. Norman’s mission was to teach managers how to teach their employees how to be successful in life.
Norman’s impact and accomplishments were many. He played a prime role in introducing Lean concepts and practices to the Western world, which earned him the nickname of The Godfather of Lean. He was a co-creator of the Shingo Prize and is a Shingo Prize winner himself.
He wrote hundreds of articles, and when he owned Productivity Press, he published 100 Japanese management books in English, over 250 published books on productivity and quality, and has written nine books, including his How to Do Kaizen, The Harada Method, and A Miraculous Life. He recently wrote Leader’s guide for social responsibility and just this week published CEO Coaching by Kazuyoshi Hisano.
Norman was also the author of the Foreward to my book The Future of the Workplace. My interview with Norman, Discover the Spirit of Self-Reliance, is also in the book.
Norman was a subscriber to this email newsletter. On countless occasions, he would reply and share his insights and perspective on what I had written. Then he’d invite me to a Zoom session to talk more about it.
Once he’d had his say, he’d seamlessly slip into a coaching session that would leave me speechless for the gift of his wisdom and generosity.
Norman was an extraordinary human being. It was just this past Monday when I discovered this quote from Wayne Dyer that moved me to create this image:
We need more Norman Bodek’s
Norman was an extraordinary human being who dedicated his life to finding and helping others be extraordinary.
He had a wonderful gift for finding extraordinary people and ideas and making them more visible and available to help people and businesses.
Perhaps two of the most notable people Norman brought to the world’s attention were Shigeo Shingo and Taiichi Ohno. Two legends of the Toyota Manufacturing System credited with making Toyota the most efficient and highest quality manufacturer of cars in the world.
Shingo was a Japanese industrial engineer who was considered the world’s leading expert on manufacturing practices and the Toyota Production System. Taiichi Ohno was a Japanese industrial engineer and businessman. He is considered to be the father of the Toyota Production System, which inspired Lean Manufacturing in the U.S.
In this wonderful video , Norman tells the fascinating story of meeting and working with these two amazing individuals.
May we all learn and be inspired by Norman’s life and follow his lead.
Well done, and Rest In Peace, Norman Bodek.
I always welcome any questions, feedback, or suggestions that may come up from reading my newsletters.
To your forward thinking life & success!
Bill Fox, Founder at Forward Thinking Pro
“The great teachers have set up a system that doesn’t require permission. They trust people to make the right decisions for their organizations and themselves.”Norman Bodek