Don Watza BIO

Don Watza, BIO 2020

Don is an experienced HR subject matter expert, Entrepreneur, and strategist. His passion has always been to put his strategic thinking to work solving difficult problems. The largest of organizations have depended on Don for his strategy and insight, organizations like; the State of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Comerica Bank, and others. As a former business owner of more than 20 years, he has proven how to work through teams to help them solve problems and achieve results; even when impossible defines the problem to solve.

Don eagerly enters his Encore career by adding the structure of LEAN and Six Sigma to his problem-solving skills. The combination of his innovative and creative thought process compliments his deep respect for the ability of individuals and teams to solve their own problems.

Today, he is coaching a few small business owners and participates as supplemental staff for a number of LEAN consulting organizations, including a Forbes, Best Management Consulting Firm, recognized for their innovation results.

Presence, Prayer, and Peace

Presence, Prayer, and Peace

No one can take God’s love from us, or his peace, or his joy. His grace is an amazing gift. How is it then that love, peace, joy and grace are hard to hold onto when we do have it? 

When we seek God in every moment we can be assured of love, peace, joy, and grace. But, when, in a single moment, we stray away from God as our all, then we let go of his love, peace, joy, and grace.

What is that moment? To be present, it is to live in the moment, life is only in this moment and God is in this moment. The moment is the choice to be present in each moment, to pray and ask God to be with you in this moment.

WWJD is a question on a wrist-band. It is the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” The answer is, He chose virtue in every moment. He lived the virtues direct our choices to be holy, to be focused on God.

But, we let Love, Peace, Joy, and Grace leave us by missing the opportunity, in the 25,000 decisions adults make daily, to choose virtue. 

Instead, we entertain poor thoughts that aren’t of God, or maybe we seek something the world offers as a substitute for God, or the worst, we have so much distance from God that the evil one finds a home in our heart. 

Do you want to know God’s will for you? It is easy, in every single moment choose virtue and reject evil.  

FREE: Team Problem Solving Lunch & Learn

LEAN & Problem Solving, a Perfect Way To Spend Lunch With Your Team.

Learn lean

Over lunch, with your team, at your place of work, let’s solve a problem and learn LEAN.

why LEARN lean?

Join the worlds most successful companies who  use LEAN continuous improvement to sharpen their business, people practices, and customer focus; Global brands like; Ford, Toyota, John Deere, Textron, Intel, Nike, Caterpillar, Fedex, UofM Hospital,  Delta Airlines and many more.

Lunch and Learn Setting:

In 90 minutes, we will find a problem to solve, teach a LEAN topic, and apply the solution.

You Provide:

We need a room where the team can gather to problem solve and have lunch. It should be a room with easy access to where the problem exists.

In 90 Minutes, This Is What Happens

3 steps:

  1. Agree on a problem to solve and go see it.
  2. Learn a LEAN methodology that fits the problem.
  3. Use the methodology to solve the problem.

Do you need ideas for a problem to solve?

  • Safety Concerns
  • Product Returns
  • Customer Complaints
  • Poor Quality
  • Poor On Time Delivery
  • Long Lead Times
  • Employee Morale & Drama
  • A/P & A/R Issues
  • Wasted Employee Time
  • Production Distractions
  • Work-space, work-flow
  • Not Delighting Customers
  • Regularly Over-budget

What’s in it for you?

  1. Join millions of others who’ve started their LEAN journey the same way.
  2. Solve a real problem.
  3. Expand the capabilities of your team to solve the next problem.

Is it Really Free?

And saves time

Let’s agree a sales meeting can be a huge time waster. By eliminating the sales meeting and solving a real problem; your time is not wasted.

And eliminates sales mysteries

For me, doing a project instead of a sales call is more fun. Plus, it eliminates sales mysteries by making it easy for you to “see” the value of working together.

Future projects

If you like problem solving with LEAN and me, we can agree on a next project. Together we can agree on how to meet your expectations for cost and value.

Connect To Schedule:

Contact me:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Text: 248-881-3310
  • Call: 248-881-3310
  • Message: using
  • Message: using Twitter: @djwatza
Why HIVE’s image?

It’s a non-profit helping STEM students that Don supports.

Mentors, Students, and Donations welcome.

Why Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business?

It’s a small business owner education sponsored by Goldman Sachs and Babson College.

I’m an Alum from 2014.

Problem Solving Options.

I am in the Detroit area, if you’re not, connect and I can find an expert in your area.

Do you have a huge problem? No problem. I’ve built a network of the best LEAN thinkers. I’ll make the connection you need for even the hardest challenge.

FREE: LEAN Learning For Owners

I’m hoping to find 5 – Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business grads interested in learning a little about LEAN for FREE. If better is elusive, let’s up your game; and who doesn’t want that?

Who uses LEAN?

You would be surprised at how many companies use LEAN to serve their customer better. They rely on LEAN everyday to sharpen their business. Here’s a published list of just a few; Ford, Toyota, John Deere, Parker Hannifin, Textron, Illinois Tool Works, Intel, Caterpillar, Kimberley-Clark, Nike; Source: Manufacturing Global.

Over the last 70 years, Engineers developed a business structure that solves problems and sustains improvements for every industry. The process of continuous improvement helps employees and managers focus their efforts on customers. There is a lot to LEAN but Small Business Owners rarely get the opportunity to LEARN LEAN.

LEAN In Practice:

An example of a quick fix, right-sized box, reordered the flow for packing.


The format is easy, 10-30 minutes of instruction then we go to the shop floor or office to apply what we just learned. Not only do you learn something but you get to practice it yourself.

The goal is to send you home with one tool you can apply immediately.


  • Wasted Employee Time & Money (Seeing Waste)
  • Sort Out Distractions (5S Work)
  • Visual Images To Communicate (Flow, PDCA, Mapping, VM)
  • Sustain Improvements Forever (LSW)
  • Process Focus, No More Blame (TWI, KATA, Culture)

The class will cover a different topic at each meeting.

Owner Host Location

Owners host the class and get a problem solved by participants. Each class will focus on a problem the host owner and I will choose ahead of time. Participants will use the class LEAN LEARNING to problem-solve with what was taught in class. Participants will learn more deeply and the host will have a focused event to solve their problem. Learning will be fast but putting it to work and taking it back to work means the deepest learning possible with the smallest amount of time.

Now that’s a no-waste effort!

Want To Host A Class?

Can you volunteer to host? If you have a workspace big enough to host 5 people and have a problem you want to be solved, call me to get started.

HIVE Foundation Donation Option

While there’s no cost, HIVE is a STEM non-profit that would gladly accept your donation.

Not Goldman Sachs Grad?

Not a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business grad but interested in attending, please send me a note or call.

LEAN 101, free

FREE, 10 AM, SATURDAY 1/11/20

Leaders, I’m going to review LEAN 101 tomorrow for anyone interested.

You will learn what good looks like when you use LEAN. I’ll cover basics on human behavior, change, seeing waste, doing 6S for workspaces, making & standardizing improvements and if there’s time we’ll solve a problem together.

I’ll be in Roseville from 10am to Noon. Anyone can attend so share it with operators, office staff or leaders.

There is no charge and coffee and donuts will be provided. Cheers.

If you want to attend, text me a note and if there’s room I’ll respond with directions, 248-881-3310.

Don Watza