Makoto Consulting Articles

Here's A Fresh Way To Think About Managers

The real role of managers

Makoto runs the¬†Japan Lean Experience industry benchmarking tour, and has done so for more than a decade, with over 200 tours. They are widely regarded as the number one Lean benchmarking tour. I’ve recently returned from a tour with a mix of diverse business leaders from around the world. We all found it a fascinating…

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Makoto Australia Consulting Benefits

Team culture and the Japan tour

I am sometimes asked what I think is the most important aspect of Lean business. That’s an easy question to answer. It probably won’t surprise you when I nominate team culture as the most critical.   Like me, I’m sure you’ve seen examples where people have invested in tools, techniques, fancy technology and don’t achieve…

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Lean Consulting Management Safety

Using statistics to improve safety

Safety is often touted by companies as their number one priority, but it is not an easy thing to improve and maintain. People, by their nature, have free will and are prone to making decisions or mistakes that affect their safety and the safety of others.   People are naturally prone to injury After all,…

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Old-Kyoto-Streets

Japan Lean experience – let’s go!

I’m very excited to announce something I have been working on over the last 6 months with my friends at Makoto Investments, Lean Consultants and Lean Tour operators based in Tokyo, Japan.   For many years, Makoto has provided an exceptional service Service based on honesty and integrity, to many businesses across Japan and China.…

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value stream mapping

Value Stream Mapping – big issues and pick charts

One of the reasons for mapping your current state value stream is to visually represent where issues are within the process. Often, we can get too bogged down in the details and the daily operations of a business, so seeing the entire value stream and where the constraints, issues and wastes are is important to…

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