Japan gemba visit – innovation through kaizen

April 29, 2015 11

Two weeks ago I joined a Japan Lean study trip tour led by Makoto Investments and had the opportunity to visit three different Japanese manufacturing organizations. Mirai Industry The first company that I visited was Mirai Industry, […]

The real meaning of KAIZEN

April 7, 2015 6

Change, Good The other week I met Brad Schmidt, the President and Founder of Makoto Investments, a company that specializes in Lean consulting and Japan study trips. Brad grew up in Japan and has a […]

Are you listening?

April 3, 2015 2

How many times have you asked a question, and then realized a few words into the response, that you are listening to your own thoughts rather than what the other person is saying? How does […]

Washoku – “the harmony of food”

March 24, 2015 0

At the same two-day overview about Japan living that I wrote about in a previous post, I learned about the concept of Washoku, or the Japanese culinary mindset of “the harmony of food” from a well-known […]

Mamachari – commuting Japan style

March 21, 2015 2

Everywhere you go in Tokyo are people on bicycles, riding on the streets and sidewalks, with kids strapped in the front and back, on their way to school, shopping or work. But these “mamachari” bikes are nothing […]

Mistake proofing at Starbucks

March 13, 2015 4

Last weekend in Kyoto, I was impressed to see this example of using a visual cue to mistake-proof the beverage making process at Starbucks. After placing our order, including one soymilk based beverage, I was handed […]

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