Industries & Clients

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Lean Focus is committed to helping our clients accelerate value creation through the adoption of our Lean Focus Business System.  A "who's who" of global leaders in every industry, our clients include some of the world's most respected brands and several members of the Fortune 1000.

Ideal Lean Focus Clients

Are you committed?

When someone is committed they take action. When they take the right actions and follow the right plan they make progress. That progress leads to results. And results leads to growth. 


Our most successful clients are those that overcome their fears, take the leap of faith, and roll up their sleeves to put in the work, follow the plan and take action. The result = they reach their goals much faster than they ever thought possible. 

Are you passionate?

Aside from the ability to keep clear lines of communication open, the thing that makes for an enjoyable experience is working with clients who are genuinely passionate about their business. These clients know their customers, they know their products or services inside and out, and they just enjoy what they do. 

Are you transparent?

Whether it's bad news or good news, we want to hear it from our clients. Budget cuts, focus changes, new hires, missed deadlines – whatever it is, it must be communicated. 

What to Expect

Lean Focus Business System:

  • Real results do not happen by accident.  
  • We have a proven process for driving cultural change and delivering breakthrough, year-on-year performance.
  • We guarantee the results of our work. 
  • Our engagements deliver between 5:1 to 12:1 ROI 

Achieve Real Results with LBS:

  • Productivity gains of 20-40% 
  • Sales growth of 5-15%
  • Material savings of 10-75%
  • Lead time reductions up to 75% 
  • Inventory reductions of 40-80% 
  • On-time delivery results of 99+% 
  • Defect reductions of 50% 
  • NPD launch times cut by 80% 
  • CapEx spending reduced by 50%
  • Space reductions of 20-50% 
  • Setup time reductions of 20-70% 
  • OEE increases of 20-50%

Real Results

On-Time Delivery

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$300M Medical Device Manufacturer - Improved OTD from 40% to greater than 95% and reduced $8M in past due sales to less than $500K in 4 months by installing structured Tier 1-3 daily management & problem solving processes and a prioritized kaizen action plan aimed at eliminating OTD interrupters.

Sales Growth

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$40M Medical Device Manufacturer - Through the implementation of Sales Force Productivity tools i.e., territory mapping/alignment, call plans, key account management processes, and leader standard work, drove 22% increase in North America sales revenue year-over-year.

Margin Expansion

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$1B Large-Cap Industrial platform - Created Value Analysis / Value Engineering (VAVE) program, developed training modules, performed product portfolio analysis, built project funnels, facilitated workshops, which delivered over $3M in annualized savings in first 2 years of program.  (1% of material spend)

Safety

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$200M Sheet Metal Fabricator - Reduced number of high risk workstations in largest department from 11 down to 2, utilizing ergonomic kaizen principles, and job hazard analysis.

Working Capital

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$850M Capital Goods Manufacturer - Reduced spare parts inventory 46%, while maintaining >95% on-time delivery across their China Service Part Distribution Centers using tools such as: Kanban, Min-Max, and Kitting.

Problem Solving Culture

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$20B industrial company - Created and launched a systematic Problem Solving Process including: training modules, certified trainer process, and audit & sustainability process. Trained and mentored over 600 employees and certified trainers across all 5 strategic platforms from CEO Level / Presidents to front-line associates.

Client Testimonials

Ken Newsome, CEO, Markel Food Group

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 "I was talking to Damon about Strategy Deployment and Daily Management.  I was very excited to embrace the principles he was describing.  We had been working, and struggling, on our Lean Journey for many years.  He responded, “your biggest problem is that your organization doesn’t know how to solve problems.”  “You need to start with a two-day class on Problem Solving.”  I feared telling my global leadership team that they needed to travel to Richmond, VA to have a “Problem Solving Class.”  They complied.  I was aware that this compliance was out of my authority, and not out of their desire.   By the end of the class, the most noted comment, from the leading skeptic of our Lean Journey, was, “I wish we had started with this two years ago.”   Damon has a unique way of making Lean Thinking seem very simple. He is a great teacher and coach."   

Earl Jewett, VP Manufacturing, Klein Tools

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 “I have worked with Damon Baker for some years in the past at Danaher.  I was excited to see him branch out on his own with Lean Focus.  Our organization needed to simplify and standardized how we solved problems.  Damon's Problem Solving System is a breakthrough in streamlining the process of determining root cause.  His ability to relate to all levels of the organization gave him instant credibility.  In one particular example, we improved output by over 200%.  We have thoroughly adopted his Problem Solving technique as our new norm. If you want a practical, effective way to implement change, I highly recommend Damon and his team.”   


Jeremy Davis, CEO, Consolidated Glass Holdings

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"Shortly after starting a new role leading a PE backed set of manufacturing businesses, I was able to leverage Damon’s team to perform their Rapid Plant Analysis at our 8 manufacturing locations, which served as both a baseline and road map for improvements.  The Lean Focus team highlighted a number of “low hanging” cost savings opportunities that were valued in the millions of dollars that we incorporated into our annual budget and operating plan. The approach was effective and we intend to have Lean Focus support additional training and kaizen events to realize the identified savings."

Rob Tykal, SVP Operations, Superior Industries

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“I have known Damon for more than 10 years, as we were colleagues together at Danaher for several years  He is easily one of the most capable and pragmatic lean practitioners and teachers I have known in my career.  I have also worked closely with an ex-Toyota TPS Sensei for 11 years on numerous kaizen events, so I feel qualified to state that Damon is one of the best.  He has the vision, values, energy, and edge to help you transform all or part of your business, and he is building a highly capable and qualified team at Lean Focus.  I have contracted Damon and Lean Focus on multiple occasions for help as I’ve recently joined a new company that is in the earlier stages of lean transformation.  His work on problem solving and daily visual management has accelerated our progress, and contributed to our large YoY gains in 2018 which saw substantial improvement in safety, quality, on-time delivery, productivity, and working capital.  I am such a believer of Damon and Lean Focus, I would consider joining the Lean Focus team and working with them in the future.” 

Tim Shilts, VP Operations, Northwire

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  "I worked with Damon Baker and Lean Focus to support facility optimization events in two of our manufacturing facilities.  He utilized a 3P Kaizen approach with the internal team and offered a number of tools that helped us recognize space and opportunities that we previously overlooked.  In addition, each member of the team offered compliments about the approach and new tools they were introduced to during the event.  I highly recommend Damon’s organization when considering activities to support operational improvement results."  


Kevin Kosefeski, Head of Siemens Healthineers Performance System

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"I knew Damon Baker from the years we worked together at Danaher.  Damon was responsible for training a generation of Danaher Business System Leaders, including myself.  When I left Danaher and took on the role of leading Siemens-Healthineers’ Lean transformation team, I brought in Lean Focus to help kick-start our initiative.  Damon taught us a Train-The-Trainer course which allowed us to springboard up the learning curve and served as the foundation for the Healthineers Performance System.  HPS has since been rolled out to 50,000 employees.  Damon was only choice for us.  As the architect of Danaher’s Problem Solving Process as well as a Master Practitioner in virtually all the other Lean tools, he had the knowledge and experience we needed.  Additionally, the team he has assembled at Lean Focus reads like a “Who’s Who” of Lean Master Practitioners.  I doubt you could find a greater collection of Lean Master Practitioners outside of Toyota.” 

Raka Rao, Americas Operations & Supply Chain Leader - Engineered Solutions, Actuant Corporation

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 “I have known Damon for awhile and consider him a trusted partner. He and his accomplished team have led us through Strategy Deployment, Portfolio analysis and multiple Lean Material events. We have been able to drive the right dialogue around breakthrough objectives to build meaningful process muscle and results. We did not have sustainable processes to deliver cash flow improvements and control E&O. Lean Focus has been key in showing us how JIT systems work and the analysis that goes into planning for every part. We have successfully conducted 2 kaizen boot camps with huge ROI in cash flow. This was a new tool for the team and the facilitation of the event was perfect. It blended the right mix of training, doing, try-storming and daily management to ensure sustainment. The approach was direct yet nurturing and allowed us the team to build trust.  I will be calling upon him to help us in the future. If you are interested to learn the mechanics to generate sustainable profit and cash flow and growth, invest in Lean Focus.” 

Dennis Burke, Operations Officer, Wall Family Enterprise

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"We have utilized Damon and the Lean Focus team for various aspects of our lean transformation.  His senior consulting team has been very effective and pragmatic in achieving high impact results for our company.  One of the things that really sticks with our team is the level of lean experience and knowledge Damon and his team bring.  Whether it’s transforming commercial operations or our supply chain, Damon and his team have experience leading organizations through similar challenges numerous times.  It has given our leaders confidence to make the transformative changes we need." 

Ralph Manning, CEO, Coltala Holdings (Private Equity)

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“My team and I at Coltala Holdings have worked extensively with Damon over the past 24 months.   The experience has been transformative.  At the most basic level he has taught us the importance and power of daily management.   There are 1,440 minutes in every day and everyone has the same number of minutes.  Damon has taught us how to squeeze the most out of every day through the development of our daily management processes and problem solving skills.  Every type of business can benefit from the application of Lean management principles.  While Damon is a great coach, he will also roll up his sleeves and get down in the trench with you to plow new ground.  This is where real growth occurs and is an illustration of one of the most important Lean management principles … humility and that the best ideas come from the people doing the work.  Coaching, mentoring teaching and developing people … are where Damon’s talent and passion intersect.  Sam Walton used to say “With the proper leadership ordinary people can do extraordinary things” … we are all ordinary people  in that we all have limitations … Damon is an authentic Lean leader and an ambassador of true Lean management through his modeling of leadership through the practice of continuous improvement and lifelong learning so we can reach our fullest potential as individuals and collectively as a company!"

Testimonial - Gardner Denver

Paul Dick, Director of Operations at Gardner Denver.  Client testimonial regarding our Leadership System Boot Camp.


5 day Workshop: Problem Solving, Daily Management, and Strategy Deployment

Testimonial - NNE A/S

Gorm Bue Nielsen, Director, Business Process Improvement at NNE A/S.  Client testimonial regarding our Leadership System Boot Camp.


5 day Workshop: Problem Solving, Daily Management, and Strategy Deployment

Testimonial - The Standard

Joel Amar, Senior Lean Coach at The Standard. Client testimonial regarding our Leadership System Boot Camp.


5 day Workshop: Problem Solving, Daily Management, and Strategy Deployment

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