Muda may be your missing link! 

Small business owners are accustomed to wearing multiple hats and navigating through the challenges of entrepreneurship. There are a few common roadblocks that leave all business owners feeling frustrated and stagnant. These moments of frustration and untapped potential within a business, can leave  you’re unsure of the next steps to take. Enter the concept of “muda” and the transformative power of Lean Six Sigma.

Understanding Muda

In the world of Lean Six Sigma, “muda” refers to waste — those inefficiencies and unnecessary steps that drain your resources, productivity, and profits. For small business owners, recognizing and addressing muda can be a game-changer. It’s about more than just trimming the fat; it’s about reimagining your processes to unlock hidden opportunities for growth.

Our 4M approach

Our speciality at New Frontier is our unique 4M process of consulting and we specialize in helping small business owners overcome the daily challenges that can business owners stuck. By helping small business owners get “from stuck to scaled” we help them reach new heights of success.

Mindset – Learning to think like a business owner.

Management – Of your people and systems.

Marketing – Getting known, found, and talked about online.

Money – Process improvement and market share so you can do more good.

These are pillars that form the foundation of our consulting services and are designed to not only provide solutions but to retrain the way you think about your business.

Muda and the elimination of waste

Why Waste Matters

It’s easy for small business owners to overlook the impact of waste on their productivity and profits. However, every minute spent on non-value-added activities and every dollar lost to inefficiencies adds up. By addressing waste head-on, you not only reclaim valuable resources but also position your business for sustainable growth and success.

This is the concept of muda at its simplest: eliminate waste.

The Seven Deadly Wastes of Muda

In the context of Lean Six Sigma, Muda is categorized into seven types of waste, known as the “7 Wastes” or “Seven Deadly Wastes.” These wastes were identified by Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System, as part of the Toyota Way:

Transportation: Unnecessary movement of materials or products between processes adds no value and increases the risk of damage or delays.

Inventory: Excessive inventory ties up capital, occupies space, and can lead to waste through obsolescence or damage.

Motion: Unnecessary motion or movement of people can lead to inefficiencies, fatigue, and errors.

Waiting: Idle time between process steps or due to equipment downtime wastes valuable resources and delays delivery.

Overproduction: Producing more than what is needed at the time increases inventory, ties up resources, and can lead to waste if products become obsolete or expire.

Overprocessing: Performing unnecessary or redundant steps in a process that do not add value from the customer’s perspective.

Defects: Errors, rework, or defects in products or services require additional resources to correct and can damage customer satisfaction and reputation.

Empowering Change

One of the biggest obstacles for small business owners is the lack of time and resources to focus on essential tasks. This often leads to inefficiencies and wasted efforts. Through our executive coaching and Lean Six Sigma expertise, we empower you to streamline your operations, identify and eliminate waste, and implement efficient processes that drive results. We serve our clients by working in their business so they can work on their business.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists to explore how our unique approach can help you overcome challenges, unlock opportunities, and achieve the growth you deserve. Let’s work together to transform your business — so you can focus on working on it, not just in it.