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The manufacturing industry has a unique set of challenges. Over the course of his career, Rob has developed a variety of resources that help managers and executives make their businesses work better. Here are a few tools for your use. If you have questions or would like to discuss these further, drop Rob a line.

COVID-19 Response Resources

The spread of COVID-19 and associated mitigation strategies are creating many challenges in the manufacturing industry. Below, I've linked to resources that may be helpful to your business during this difficult time.

State of Minnesota Executive Order 20-20

Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home

SBA Disaster Assistance

In Response to the Coronavirus

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Summary of the Employment Provisions of the New Law

Furloughs, Layoffs, and Reduced Force

Employment Alternatives to Consider

US Congress CARES Act

Emergency Assistance for Individuals and Businesses Affected by the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

Work Authorization Templates

Templates for Work Authorization Communications

The People Analyzer™

This tool is called the People Analyzer™, and it’s part of EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®. Once a company has identified its core values, and key accountabilities have been defined for each role, the people analyzer helps to identify strengths and weaknesses in the workforce.

The beauty of the People Analyzer lies in its simplicity. Rather than doing full-blown performance reviews, the leader simply responds with one of the following: +, -, or +/-. The + (plus) symbol means that the person lives that attribute most of the time. The – (minus) indicates that the person often doesn’t exhibit this attribute. The combination +/- (plus/minus) means that the person is somewhere in the middle.

The reviewer is looking at how the person matches with the core values of the company. These core values are listed in the top row of the tool. Please note that if you have more or less than four core values, some formulas will need adjustment.

The other three areas for review are GWC.

  • G stands for “Get it.” Does the person understand what the role is all about?
  • W stands for "Want it.” Does the person want to do the role?
  • C stands for “Capacity.” Does the person have the capacity to do the role? Capacity can encompass skills, intellect, and ambitions.