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Bolstering Your Workforce Through Strategic Planning

Bolstering Your Workforce Through Strategic Planning

“We’re having a hard time finding workers.” That’s something heard from nearly every manufacturer in the U.S. When I visit with clients, I hear the lamentations about the school system pushing everyone to a four-year degree, the challenge of millennials, the perception of manufacturing going to China, and the evolution of teens migrating from working…

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Turning Anxiety into Fear: Leadership Through Change

When leading disruptive change, a leader’s job is to turn our employee’s anxiety into fears.  This statement may sound unconventional, or even provocative, but I’ve found it to be true. What’s the difference between anxiety and fear? Fear has an object. You’re afraid of something. Anxiety is a concern about the unknown. It often involves your brain…

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Five Mindsets for the Lean Manufacturing Leadership Team

Leadership is commonly cited as a primary driver of successful lean manufacturing implementations. It’s hard to argue with that since the leadership team owns all the results of the company. However, it begs the question: What exactly is senior leadership supposed to do? I’ve found there are five keys mindsets senior leaders must have to…

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Leading People Forward: Go Backwards First

Good leaders look to the future. They have a firm grasp of the where they want to go, and they’ve developed a roadmap to get there.  With the new plan in hand, they pull everyone together to walk them through the vision for the future.  They’re full of hope, and energy and enthusiasm for the…

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