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THE IMPORTANCE OF CORE PURPOSE IN BUSINESS

  Core Purpose, not to be confused with Company Vision or Company Values (which could be considered the “where” and “how”), a company’s core purpose is more about the “why”.  In fact, it could be considered the philosophical component that is often missing in...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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LEAN CULTURE – THEORY INTO REALITY

Changing a culture in an organisation is no easy task. It takes dedication, strategy, and a heck of a lot of learning and experience to avoid the numerous pitfalls along the way. Some won’t succeed the first or even second time of trying, but some will come back and...

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ENTROPY – A SCIENTIFIC ANALOGY OF LEAN MEDIOCRITY

At Last, a scientific analogy of Lean failures and Lean Mediocrity Managers across the world imagine a utopia of “self-managing teams” working hard to continually take their organisation to the next level of perfection.  For many, progress will be made, only for...

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A QUICK AND SIMPLE 20% PERFORMANCE LIFT

The obvious Quick and simple is not always sustainable, that’s the hard bit. However, on occasion there may be a sudden need to increase performance in a “step” manner. For example, there may be a sudden peak demand on a business that is beyond output capacity. There...

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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...

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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...

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LEAN – LOST IN TRANSLATION…

Although most people know that Lean is a generic term for the Toyota Production System, few people understand how much has been lost in translation. Japan study tours are common these days, and although Toyota allow visits to their sites, only the surface layer can be...

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