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I welcome Dale Bayley, the Lean Director of the Filtration Group of Parker Hannifin to this edition of State of Readiness. Parker Hannifin is a an publicly-traded American corporation (NYSE: PH) founded in 1917, revenues of $14.3B(2018), 58,000 employees globally, and specializing in motion and control technologies which Dale joined in 1978.
Dale grew-up in a blue-collar, hard-working family. And when Dale joined Parker, as an production assembler, he did not have a college degree. It wasn’t until 2008 with the support of Parker Hannifin that Dale earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. During the time of his earning his degree and working full-time, Dale also selected this moment to earn his Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from ASQ – he had a full plate.
Working as a maintenance mechanic in 1993, Parker Hannifin was launching a Best Practices program when he was asked to be core team member in the beginning of the initiative. Instead of going back to maintenance, Dale joined the Best Practices team full-time – a moment in his career with Parker Hannifin when the choice was made for him but not by him.
The Best Practices program evolved into a Lean program and Dale incrementally gained greater and greater responsibilities – eventually becoming the Lean Director of the Filtration Group. He shares his thoughts Leadership and what he has learned over the years. And he shares his thoughts on Lean and how you can cut too much, or not in the right place saying; “If your objective is to lose weight, you can lose 20lbs immediately by cutting off your leg. But that’s not clarity of the objective. The objective is to be healthier and that’s why you want to lose weight.” Eliminate the waste, but remain toned.
Listen-in on Dale and his sharing his fascinating journey. He came from modest beginnings and grew to a position of leadership in one of the most respected companies in the world. And although he has grown in rank and title, he has remained true to his roots and a humble servant-leader.
Guest: Dale Bayley
About Dale Bayley
Dale Bayley is the Lean Director of the Filtration Group of Parker Hannifin. He is also the founder of Aspire Coaching and Consulting. Dale started with Parker Hannifin as an production assembler 41 years ago in 1978. With Parker he held various leadership roles and found his niche as a champion of continuous improvement initiatives since 1993.
Dale earned his Six Sigma Black Belt Certification with ASQ in 2007. He has also accomplished multiple model plant certifications globally (California, Brazil, South Korea, the UK, and Thailand) including winning the AME award for Operational Excellence in 2010. As Lean Director Dale leads a Leadership Development Program, runs monthly Global Operational reviews for 45 operations, and conducts rapid improvement Kaizen events at targeted sites. Dale also joined the John Maxwell Team as an independent certified coach, trainer, and speaker and setup Aspire Coaching and Consulting. He is ambitious at the service of others and clarified his personal mission as helping others to live abundantly and continuously improve.
Company; Parker Hannifin Corporation
Headquarters; Mayfield Heights, OH
Year Founded; 1917
Company Type; American publicly-traded corporation (NYSE: PH) specializing in motion and control technologies
Company size; Revenue of $14.3B (2018) with about 58,000 employees globally
Specialties; Company specializes in Filtration, sealing, hose and fittings, hydraulics, pneumatics, valves and controls