Yes, Lean can help improve both efficiency and quality. At least he got that right, instead of incorrectly saying that Lean is only about efficiency or productivity or cost.
But, the error is in not thinking that Lean and the Toyota Production System are not also methods for continuous improvement and innovation. We have many KaiNexus customers who demonstrate daily how creative and innovative they are with Lean and Kaizen methods.
We can probably learn something from Google, but we shouldn’t miss or ignore what Toyota can teach us about innovation and improvement.