SELECTING THE RIGHT LEAN CONSULTANT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

SELECTING THE RIGHT LEAN CONSULTANT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Many organisations have been ‘burnt’ by a poor Lean Consultant. Those that come in looking smart, energetic, talking but not listening. The one’s with the smooth PowerPoint sales pitch, claiming to be the best with in the field. You know the type. Then once you have...
THE LEAN CRUNCH PHENOMENA

THE LEAN CRUNCH PHENOMENA

Why do so many organisations fail to make Lean work successfully? Lets look at something we call the Lean Crunch Phenomena. Over the years, many companies have tried ‘Lean’, interestingly only a relatively small number consider that they have succeeded in making their...
THE ART OF YOKOTEN

THE ART OF YOKOTEN

Ever heard of Yokoten? Having spent years working in a Toyota plant I know what makes it tick, and what to a large degree gives Toyota its competitive edge when it comes to productivity and ultimately the very high ‘uptime’ of the process. In this blog I thought I...
THINKING LEAN – JOTTINGS FROM A GREEK ISLAND

THINKING LEAN – JOTTINGS FROM A GREEK ISLAND

Thinking Lean is something I do all the time, it comes with the territory. But at this time of the year I also like to do something else. Take a break and enjoy the very last throws of summer somewhere warm. This year I am lucky enough to be in a small Greek village...
6 LEADERSHIP MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN DEPLOYING LEAN

6 LEADERSHIP MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN DEPLOYING LEAN

Why does Lean fail in some organisations and not others? The simple answer is Leadership.  Leadership can make or break a Lean programme. Let’s look at some of the common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Remember, Leadership is exactly that, Leadership. It cannot be...