Specialists in sustainable performance improvement

Enabling operational excellence in your business through Lean sigma based process improvement and high performing leadership


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Our consultancy takes a holistic approach to:

  • Focus on your strategic objectives
  • Deliver Lean Sigma improvement built around your needs
  • Transfer full capability so your organisation can sustain the change
  • Maintain direction and progress through strong programme management
We provide full support on the ground until continuous improvement is fully embedded. But we also like to move at pace so your organisation becomes self-sufficient as soon as possible.
Getting Started - Process Improvement - Building Capability - Managing For Success - Bourton Blog
  • Fishbone Analysis – What is it?

    Fishbone analysis is simply a way of identifying a wide variety of potential causes of a problem and grouping them together in categories.  It is also sometimes called ‘Cause and Effect Analysis‘ or an ‘Ishikawa Diagram‘.

    Want to know what it can be used for then click here.
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  • What will empowerment mean to me as a manager?

    Empowered teams have increased levels of responsibility and authority over the work that they do, giving them the autonomy to plan and manage work, make their own decisions and solve their own problems – responsibilities that are traditionally owned by the team leader. So, you might be wondering where you fit into an empowered team.
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  • 5 Steps for creating an effective project vision

    For those of you who are new to project leadership, and those who have been practising for some time, creating a project vision is one of the most challenging tasks undertaken by a team or organisation. The “Vision” in this context refers not to a few words or phrases, but rather the articulation of the [...]

  • What is Lean?

    We may need to be clear about what we mean by the word Lean.  As many people are aware the phrase Lean in its performance improvement context was used in the 1980’s by Womack and Jones to describe what they found at Toyota andtheir effective Toyota Production System.  The trouble is that most often than [...]

  • How to communicate change

    In the current apparent impasse of UK politics, much attention has been drawn to the performance of the political party leaders at the recent Television debates.
    In truth most people have already made up their opinion based upon a number of characteristics of the individuals concerned, their life experiences and the core messages of the party [...]

  • It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top

    The role of consultants as coaches to help senior people to think clearly.
    Very few people who get promoted to the dizzy heights of leading an organisation realise how lonely an existence it can be until well into their tenure and many articles and research papers suggest that it’s lonely at the top appears to be [...]

  • How to Build Lean in Construction

    Sitting in the office the other day, I was drawn to a copy of the book that we co-authored in 2011 ‘Build Lean – Transforming construction using Lean Thinking’.  It really is a very good read!
    Whether you are an avid follower of Lean or merely an interested amateur just about to start your journey of [...]

  • How to get qualified with Bourton Group

    Here at Bourton Group, our core mission is knowledge transfer and we pride ourselves on the quality of our training and coaching.

    For over ten years we have been closely associated with the Institute of Leadership and Management – the UK’s largest management body. As an Approved ILM Qualification Centre, we offer a comprehensive range of [...]

  • Part time people giving full time leadership

    Many years ago whilst a young upstart of a manager in a large UK engineering firm I was struck by how many managers seemed to have to arrive at work on or around the same time as the MD (early) and not leave until he had (late).   This culture did not seem to drive efficiency [...]

  • 12 ways to grow high performance teamwork

    High performance has long been associated with excellent teamwork – think pit stop crews, emergency services and heart transplant teams. Our clients often ask us how they can grow high performance teamwork in their own teams and team members.

    Why does it matter?
    High performance teamwork is critical to business success. Based on our work with clients [...]

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