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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 business. Let’s be honest, most of us have asked ourselves at some …

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Lean Consultant

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 hired them, their lack of interpersonal skills and poor …

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Lean Crunch

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 organisation truly ‘Lean’. Those that fail, in most cases, is not for …

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Best Practice

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 would discuss one of the skill’s …

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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 try again. Let me introduce you …

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Lean Entropy

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 decline and recession to dash their dreams, and force a compromise with reality.  …

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lean performance

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 will always be extra potential in any process, …

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Leadership

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 delegated to someone else. One of the very basic points …

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Lean Lost in Translation

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 seen. To the untrained eye, it would be difficult to …

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