Larry Baker

Director of Productivity

As Director of Productivity, Larry was responsible for leading a team charged with the successful development, implementation, coordination and continual improvement of Faith productivity. This included system and process improvements, on-site/project site coaching, auditing key project expectations, productivity time studies, and training to advance productive performance and foster a culture of productivity throughout the organization. Some of Larry’s additional responsibilities included verifying best practice processes and ensuring installation standards and other applicable support processes are being executed effectively and safely.

Larry joined Faith in 2010 and retired from the company in 2020. He previously served as a Senior Manufacturing Specialist at Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), and the President of Baker Business Consulting, where he specialized in Lean Transformation processes as well as strategic planning and repositioning.

ARTICLES BY AUTHOR

June 4, 2018

Safety & Productivity |

Engaging Our Workforce via Kaizen to Improve Productivity

When it comes to productivity, the disparity between manufacturing and construction continues. As you’ll see in the graphic here, manufacturing sees…

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December 19, 2017

Preconstruction | Safety & Productivity |

Productivity and the Construction Labor Shortage

Most people are aware that there is a very significant labor shortage in the construction industry; this has been a major…

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June 20, 2017

Safety & Productivity |

Productivity Edge II: Simple Ingredients That Fuel Productivity Success

At Faith Technologies, we’re confident our productivity program is something that can benefit all the construction trades. While we alone cannot…

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November 17, 2016

Safety & Productivity |

Part I: The Productivity Edge – It’s the Little Things That Count

Faith Technologies’ productivity program hasn’t been an overnight success. Eight years ago, our initial time studies showed that our crews spent,…

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April 12, 2016

Safety & Productivity |

Faith Technologies’ Productivity Program

In 2009, Faith Technologies launched a productivity program in response to learning manufacturing productivity had improved significantly throughout recent years, while…

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October 20, 2015

Safety & Productivity |

Lack of Productivity in the Construction Industry: What’s the Problem, What’s the Fix?

By every published measure, construction industry productivity seriously lags behind manufacturing industry productivity with little to no sign of improvement. The…

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June 16, 2015

Safety & Productivity |

Why Does Productivity Matter?

Productivity is more than just a buzzword. In today’s environment, it’s a requirement for anyone doing business, and is most critical…

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March 3, 2015

Effectively Leading with Change

Progress is not possible without change; however when people are faced with change in their personal environment, reactions often vary from…

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November 20, 2014

Safety & Productivity |

Decision-Making in Lean Construction

One key practice I’ve learned in my years in the lean construction industry, is to push decision-making down to the lowest…

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June 17, 2014

Safety & Productivity |

How to Position Yourself for Success Through Productivity

My personal motto has always been, “if it isn’t broke, fix it anyway.” By having this proactive mentality, I’m able to…

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February 11, 2014

Safety & Productivity |

Atlanta Snowstorm = Reality Check

Last week, a rare winter storm left the city of Atlanta in shambles. Bitter cold, freezing rain, and roughly three inches…

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October 22, 2013

Safety & Productivity |

Strengthening Quality and Service From the Inside Out

How can you best support your frontline employees, the ones directly performing the work your customers pay your organization to do?…

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July 2, 2013

When it Comes to Customer Satisfaction, Everyone Plays a Role.

Something universal, whether in manufacturing or construction, is a lack of understanding of the impact those who perform the work have…

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January 15, 2013

Safety & Productivity |

What’s This “Lean” Stuff All About?

You can call it lean, elimination of waste, intelligent work methods, or whatever you’d like. While many people think lean is…

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October 23, 2012

Safety & Productivity |

Part 2: The Managerial Grid’s Five Leadership Styles

My last blog article, What’s the Magic – The Key That Unlocks Productivity, discussed how people serve as the foundation for…

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Productivity

August 7, 2012

Safety & Productivity |

What’s the Magic – The Key that Unlocks Productivity?

While productivity is not an illusion, one can certainly say it is elusive. While there is no silver bullet, there is…

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