Makoto Consulting Articles

New Format Improves Access to Lean Foundation Workshops

We’ve had some valuable feedback from the December launch of our Lean Foundations Workshop. This year we are planning to run the workshop over two half days to make it even easier for you to attend. First Half Day This first session offers a chance for you to understand the theory behind Lean. This information-rich…

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Lean & Continuous Improvement At Character Group

We’ve been implementing Lean business practice and Continuous Improvement over several years at Character Cabinets and Stone with Character, collectively known as the Character Group. There are a lot of different layers to this work. I thought you might be interested to have a look at a few of the major things we tried to put…

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Three Essential Elements of Building Flow In A Workplace

If you are a manager interested to boost efficiency, it’s important for you to build an environment where there is a flow to work processes. There are three main areas that you’ll need to think about. Build Environments That Support Consistency Build an environment where a process can happen consistently, and people can get through work…

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Makoto APAC Training

A Quick Walk Through The Foundation Training Workshop

I’ve had a lot of questions about the Lean Foundation Training Workshops. Who should attend? How will you benefit and what will you learn? Here’s a quick walk through what you can expect when you attend one of these workshops. Who Is It Suitable For? The Foundation Training Workshop is suitable for you and your…

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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 and 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. As usual, we all found it a…

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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 the…

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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 also naturally prone to injury. After all,…

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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 based on honesty and integrity to many businesses across Japan and China. As well…

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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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