The importance of Supervisors in a Lean Implementation

One of the key factors in the success of any lean implementation is your people and more specifically the supervisors within the business.
Why are Supervisors so important?
While the CEO and senior managers might run the business and be on the Lean Project Team, the supervisors are on the shop floor working with your employees and […]

By |June 5th, 2018|Efficiency, Leadership, Lean Manufacturing|Comments Off on The importance of Supervisors in a Lean Implementation

Why do strategic plans fail?

It’s around this time of year where strategic plans start to fail. The Management team met to develop a killer strategy, one that would be executed this year (unlike the one from last year which sat on the shelf). But once things start to get busy the first thing to be dropped from the to-do […]

By |August 28th, 2017|Business Growth, Efficiency, Lean Manufacturing|Comments Off on Why do strategic plans fail?

Eliminate waste and improve profits

Some forms of waste can be tricky to spot, but it’s vital to eliminate all waste. We are regularly surprised by the amount of waste that occurs in manufacturing and supply chain businesses. When I meet with clients who are looking to improve their bottom line performance, I always ask them, “Do you know where […]

By |June 18th, 2017|Lean Manufacturing|14 Comments

Harnessing the power of Flow

When visiting new clients, one of the first things I do is tour the premises and watch the flow of work through the organisation. In order to uncover efficiencies, it’s vital to understanding how things flow through the business and where the stoppages occur. By simply watching for 15 minutes or so, I can monitor […]

What are your most profitable products?

We regularly speak with CFOs and Finance Managers when working on a business transformation. Inevitably, the discussion turns to how they know which products make their business the most profit. The typical response is that they measure a product’s profitability by its gross margin percentage. We challenge this understanding by asking them when was the […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Lean Manufacturing|15 Comments