When we hear talk about the benefits of Lean and Modern Business Improvement Techniques we are usually hearing about large, national or multi-national industries. We read about the success from implementing 5S, or the changes achieved from numerous Kaizen events undertaken. We see in the specific industry journals, large industries gaining awards for their successful programs and how they have led the way for other businesses in their sector to follow. We don’t often read about the cost of these programs, we don’t see the cost of implementation and the bare resources used. The perception is that consultancy services are expensive and reserved for large corporations.
Perhaps we should discuss the way the benefits of the Toyota Production System (TPS) may be realised not just by the giants of industry but also in Small and Medium Enterprise. In our daily business lives we are often too busy to reflect on the things that could have been or still could be. We don’t investigate the details of how Mr Corporation derived a 50% increase in profits through efficiency savings as opposed to cutting staff, reducing services or depending on further costly borrowing.
Is it worth reflecting upon when we believe ourselves to be too pressed and running too tight a ship to invest in such changes? We can’t afford the consultants and certainly can’t take the time out for training.
- What if the techniques used to give world leaders the edge were truly within reach to all?
- What if delivering process efficiencies didn’t mean days out learning new skills that might not align with reality?
- What if all costs incurred were paid for well inside the financial year?
- What if the consultant didn’t charge the earth?
On the flip side:
- What if you don’t make the changes?
- What if your staff don’t develop new skills?
- What if your customers believe your competition respond better to their needs?
- What if your costs keep rising whilst others keep falling?
With a tailored service to SME’s, Lean2Green partner with companies to deliver world class practices; processes that are proven to give better throughput, greater engagement, more ownership, higher levels of efficiency, improved customer satisfaction and importantly significant additions to the bottom line. Ensuring companies maximise the true range of skills inherent in the workplace; training isn’t time out but time in. Using the company’s own knowledge to enhance performance through methods that consistently give global operators the edge, Lean2Green will help businesses develop a new way to look at excellence and the self belief to know that it is always within reach, no matter how far they push the boundaries.
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