Makoto Consulting Articles

How to use Industry 4.0 sensors to identify waste and improve your business faster

Industry 4.0 Sensors save you thousands in lost time gathering data and unleash thousands in additional productivity every month   Recently we caught up with our manufacturing client who had a problem Their schedule was slipping and their people were working longer hours. It was perceived an underlying level of rework was occurring and disrupting…

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Successfully managing your inbox increases productivity in your business

Makoto’s Managing Director, Daniel Giles recently sat down with Chris Goddard, Director of Black Swan Consultancy New Zealand. Based in the idyllic Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, Chris spoke with Daniel from the comfort of his environmentally conscious sea container home. Follow the conversation as they discuss the evils of email, and…

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Gemba thinking helps businesses see through the boom and bust of commodity cycles

Makoto’s Managing Director, Daniel Giles recently sat down with Chris Goddard, Director of Black Swan Consultancy New Zealand. Based in the idyllic Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, Chris spoke with Daniel from the comfort of his environmentally conscious sea container home. Follow the conversation as they delve into the why, the how…

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Lean environments encourage employee retention in your business

Makoto’s Managing Director, Daniel Giles recently sat down with Chris Goddard, Director of Black Swan Consultancy New Zealand. Based in the idyllic Central Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island, Chris spoke with Daniel from the comfort of his environmentally conscious sea container home. Follow the conversation as they discuss labour shortages, Lean in the…

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A Lean implementation in your business: let’s continue the journey

Now that you understand why a Lean Implementation will benefit your business, how will you take action?    We began this article in part 1 here. If you have not seen it we suggest you take a moment and have a read! There is a link to this second part at the bottom of part…

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A Lean implementation in your business: let’s begin the journey

Why consider a Lean implementation and how will it impact your business, or more importantly, your profit margin? Ask yourself  “Where are you now and where do you want to be?”  This sounds like a fairly straightforward question. However, this is usually hard for leaders to answer. They usually haven’t thought about it enough to…

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How to improve business capacity without increasing overheads using Lean Transformation

What if I said there is a way to improve the capacity in your business by up to 30%, without increasing your overheads? You would say I’m wrong, not even possible. There must be a catch; I need to pay for an expensive machine, or software to get a return on investment (ROI) of that…

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Leader realises it’s all about a culture of continuous improvement for successful businesses

Clarence Plug is the Manager of ModernForm Doors, a Perth based vinyl-wrap and painted cabinet door manufacturing business. A background in Construction has not stopped the energetic Leader from taking on the challenging role of turning around the business, recently acquired by their main competitor in the industry.   “This programme started at the right…

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Production Manager gets big gains from the Makoto Capability Program

Maurits Faas, Production Manager from Character Group, a leading mass manufacturer of bespoke cabinetry and stone benchtops for the construction industry, recently sat down with us to discuss the benefits of being in the Makoto Capability Program.   First, he told us about the unique challenges of Character Group “The Character Group as a company- …

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Leadership – Part 6

So I’m going to wrap up this series of blogs on leader standards, and also show you a big picture on how it applies to the business.   A business is obviously made up of silos, whether we’d like to believe that silos are there or not- we’ve got to acknowledge that there are some…

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