Improvement In

Industrial Companies

We improve core business operations performance to reduce operational costs through people from frontline to middle management. We help you surmount barriers previously not thought possible, by implementing new methods, driven by advanced digital technology systems as turnkey solutions. Our professional services help you review and improve the performance of your business for continuous and sustainable improvement.

Important challenges that we address.

01. People performance

People underperforming in productivity, efficiency, compliance, and effectiveness.

06. Continuous improvement

Continuous improvement towards achieving excellence.

05. Reduce cost

Reduce the cost of Learning & Development of front line to middle management and improve L&D outcomes.

02. Waste reduction

Reduce or eliminate all forms of waste (inventory, overproduction, waiting, motion, transportation handling, processing, defect correction).

03. Improve results

Current methods are not delivering performance improvement results at the rate required.

04. Speed-up implementation

Implementation of remedial action for performance improvement is slow and lacking effectiveness.

Case Study

This abbreviated Case Study is about a distressed company in the Services Sector.

It serviced over 4500 sites nationwide, employing over 20 000 people, and was in the 1bn turnover bracket.

The company received cost estimates from large consulting companies, that were unaffordable. The cost estimates ranged around 8-digits and estimated a three-year turnaround time.

LeanFocus Consulting undertook the project with a bid of 6-digits (which included the provision of software and technology), and a turnaround time of 1 year.

The services company was turned around in less than 1 year and returned a 60% growth in EBITDA after its 1st year. It became the leader in its sector, winning awards as the most improved service provider for four successive years. The company was bought out by a large international conglomerate two and a half years later.

The conclusion to this case study is that the most significant contribution came from optimising performance in operations using first principles.

The management team at the time was not aware of the company’s true potential, it only become evident to them after applying a first-principles approach, where many root causes of sub-standard performance were identified. The root causes were either circumvented or eliminated using the technology and methods referred to in this article.

Let's meet.

My specialty is taking companies through the first principles process, identifying actual root causes, and then determining the solutions, from there facilitating the implementation process to achieve the outcomes.

Rob Dersley

Entrepreneur - Multiple Founder - Director, and past Chairman of companies, CEO of LeanFocus Consulting (Pty Ltd) and Edutouch Technology Driven Solutions (Pty) Ltd. Johannesburg Metropolitan Area.

I am passionate about performance improvement, and helping companies to be more profitable and grow faster, and. My experience, knowledge, and ability help companies save costs, time, and resources by not going through similar learning curves I experienced.

I am a turnaround specialist and founder of grass-root companies. I listed the first company I formed from grassroots on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. I have consulted for and partnered with companies in different sectors.

Doing things differently is the only way to get ahead of the bunch, and not fall into the groove of playing catchup. This requires a uniquely creative and innovative ability. It speeds up the process of finding different ways and new methods to do things differently. My multi-disciplinary experience and skills connect the dots across the organization to find solutions faster and save time and cost. It avoids the pitfalls and get companies to their end goal faster at a significantly reduced cost.

My experience spans the mining, construction, engineering, manufacturing, retail, services industry, facilities management, electronic, and IT sectors.  I have extensive hands-on experience in many disciplines: Developing companies from grassroots through to listing, turnaround, performance improvement, production, sales and marketing, finance and cost accounting, system design, streamlining, and automation of processes, training systems, project management, coaching and people development, mechanical and electrical engineering, industrial engineering, IT, HR, social media, distribution, and ERP.

I have extensive experience in the performance improvement of employees. Employees cause many cost-draining occurrences; Using new innovative digital technology, new methods, and a different approach gets frontline, supervisory, and mid to upper managerial staff performing optimally, It gets results faster, costs less, and achieves sustained outcomes.

Applying the first principle approach illustrates what the company is capable of, compared to its perceived capability. A bottom-up approach applying first principles gets the engine room of the business optimal. It is essential for company turnaround and rapid growth. 

The cost benefits to the company are exponential. Cost-draining causes are removed, whilst improving, productivity, quality, and compliance. Optimizing people’s performance is an essential component for turnaround success.


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