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Applex Methodologies

Lean Principles

The five-step thought process for guiding the implementation of Lean techniques.

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7 Wastes

The identification of which elements of work add value & which areas do not add value.

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A method of establishing high standards of house-keeping & operational readiness.

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The Toyota Way

Continuous Improvement and Respect for People are at the heart of the Toyota management approach.

Our Core Values

"Applex Management Ltd's main Corporate Value is based on the firm belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs, exceeding your expectations, adding value into your business and earning your trust."

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Mairi Taylor

I worked with Steve whilst a fellow Section Manager at Toyota and for Leadership Coaching I would recommend Applex Management to any organisation. During my time in Learning & Development at Toyota I worked with the founder, Stephen Lipscombe for several years and saw consistently good improvements in the capabilities of delegates coached by Stephen. Dependent upon the needs of the client, Stephen is capable of delivering both performance and generative coaching.

Phil Hall

Training Director at Spitfire Consultancy.

Having worked with Steve in a number of differing and challenging roles and circumstances, his natural ability to both display and apply a pragmatic and effective leadership coaching style has always been evident.

Robin Armson

Business Improvement Manager at Sellafield Ltd

Steve worked with us for over a year in a lean leadership coaching capacity. Steve's approach was highly professional and we received great feedback from the executive team about how well Steve helped them. I'd be very happy to work with Steve again in the future.

Paul Fitzpatrick

Senior Manager at Toyota (UK) Ltd.

I worked with Steve for 2 years delivering a large company NVQ activity (4000+ qualifications).

Steve has a sound, practical approach to management and is able to simply visualise project status. In addition he has a good rapport with all stakeholders which is crucial for Project Management to be successful. Also within Toyota UK he handled other large company improvement projects in a variety of areas ...Manufacturing, Engineering, Finance and HR..all delivering improvements in Productivity, Efficiency or Service.

Steve would be an asset to any Organisation.

Graham Kirk

Maintenance Manager at Drax Power Ltd.

Stephen worked with the Maintenance Lead Team at Drax Power Ltd for about 16 months. He constructively challenged the way we delivered our service and coached our general ways of working (and thinking).

Stephen helped us to develop our visual management centre to help us to better understand our Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and People performance and operational impacts and to enable us to make more timely and accurate business decisions. He helped us to see how we could develop this into layers to give us “line of sight” from Management, through Sections, to Team level.

Stephen has helped us to think and plan more strategically and tactically to drive our long-term improvement journey.

He also helped us to create a simple but effective problem-solving structure (PPS) to enable us to identify and solve our own delivery problems, as well as process application and stakeholder engagement issues.
We are also making good use of simple but effective Quick Changeover techniques to greatly reduce our turn-around time on repeat activities such as Dome Outages, refurbishments and VSD installations.

With these and other techniques, we are gaining long-term performance improvement.

Our Mission

Applex Management is a Lean, Kaizen and Leadership Coaching Consultancy.

With a tailored improvement programme to match the needs of your organisation, we will teach your leadership team proven no-cost methods and techniques to increase your profits by streamlining your operational processes, i.e. the daily jobs carried out by everyone in your organisation.

We will teach your team the Kaizen Cycle of Continuous Improvement, so improvement activity can continue in your organisation indefinitely. Can you imagine if everyone in your organisation was thinking of and working on ways to improve their work processes? This will give your organisation the value of that crucial competitive edge.

We coach senior staff to manage Kaizen effectively through developing their own coaching skills. This will generate employee and stakeholder engagement and we will show your leaders how to measure the business benefits of these improvements through at-a-glance visual management of your critical operational measurables, such as Productivity, Quality, Cost and more.

Learn more about Lean Principles and the kaizen cycle of Continuous Improvement. For Lean & Kaizen teaching and leadership coaching that will make a huge difference to your strategy deployment and execution, call Applex Management today.

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