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Putting Your Talent Plan on Paper

Putting Your Talent Plan on Paper

Photo by Mark Fletcher-Brown on UnsplashWe all know about the talent shortage.  In this short video I make the case for rolling up our sleeves and choosing the strategies for how you’re going to face this challenge. Manufacturers are resilient and tough.  We’ll get...

6 Criteria for Weekly Metrics

6 Criteria for Weekly Metrics

Photo by Lukas Blazek on UnsplashThe weekly scorecard is an important element of a strong operating system.  It helps to ensure that the team is working with facts and data rather than "I think" and "I feel".   Even though the scorecard is data-centric, choosing the...

Using Video for Personal Communication

Using Video for Personal Communication

Photo by Emiliano Cicero on UnsplashThroughout the pandemic, we all learned that video tools like Zoom can help improve meeting quality when face-to-face meeting just isn't feasible.  However, there are also tools, like Loom, that can enable a more personal 1:1...

Using Working Sessions to get Things Done

Using Working Sessions to get Things Done

Have you ever had a project in your business that was stalled?  I’ve seen this happen with projects that require the engagement and alignment of multiple departments.  In an effort to get the requisite collaboration, the project leader tries to cajole all of the...

Six Essentials for Effective Leadership©

Six Essentials for Effective Leadership©

OVERVIEW Everyone has experienced effective and ineffective leadership.  Both are easy to identify, even to feel, in most settings.  Understanding why leadership is effective or ineffective is tougher.  Occasionally there are obvious strengths or weaknesses.  But most...

Pick Your Role Models Carefully

Pick Your Role Models Carefully

The headlines are full of leadership wisdom from our modern industry titans: Musk, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and Jobs (even though he passed away nearly 10 years ago).   Do you want to be like them? What I can say for certain is that I don’t aspire to be Elon Musk, Steve...

Planning is great, but budgeting???

Planning is great, but budgeting???

It’s mid-October, and as I write this I’ve had an item on my to-do list for a month that says “Update 4th quarter plan”, and another that says, “Prepare 2021 plan”.  My brain tells me that I should do it, but I always seem to find something else that is supposedly...

When Goals Don’t Help, Change Your Habits

When Goals Don’t Help, Change Your Habits

This weekend, I started reading a book about behavior change by James Clear called Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Early in the book, Clear comments on how frequently people and organizations try to achieve better...

Forming New Work Habits in Quarantine

Forming New Work Habits in Quarantine

Old habits are hard to break. When I was 40 years old, I had Lasik surgery on my eyes. After three decades of wearing glasses every day, I could suddenly see without them. But my old actions persisted. For six months after the surgery, I would go to bed and reach for...

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