When the perfect storm finally moves on, it will be the companies who used this time period as an opportunity to improve their operations that will grow and thrive.
In today’s industry market, are Lean or Six Sigma skills selling/hiring points, or are they fading trends?
It’s heartening to see the Motor City and the state of Michigan benefit from the auto industry’s comeback and be part of the manufacturing rebound that has taken shape in the U.S. during the past couple of years.
I would like to make a case that American manufacturers, in general, need to adopt a new type of organization - the Prospector Organization - in order to grow in the future.
Plant leaders and workers alike can easily get so comfortable in their repetitive daily routine that they forget to stay vigilant.
While I’m not advocating you immediately hand your newborn a graphing calculator or a TIG welder, it wouldn’t hurt to emphasize the technical part of their education, even when you think they may be too young.
One of the most important questions for small manufacturers to answer is “Do you know if you are making adequate margins on each product line, model, or job?”
I think we all need to sometimes need to talk ourselves out of buying things that aren't conducive to our environments.
In America, there will be no sustainable recovery in the manufacturing sector without the right training programs to teach the necessary skills.
Manufacturers like to do things that are action-oriented, and lead to tangible and believable results.
The question asked by manufacturers is not how to achieve quality, but how to achieve it within cost and time constraints.
It seems to me that being open minded, and trusting decision makers to create and inspire their team, is one of the most important things a company can do.
If you were offered the opportunity to take over a company on the verge of bankruptcy, what would you ask for in return?
The next time you're struggling to get everyone to see how to proceed, change the focus from the subject of confusion to a subject everyone already understands.
One of the most effective ways to improve business performance is to simplify everything we do.
If we want to influence a generation that will help us gain back the technical prowess we’ve lost, we won’t get there through mandated education.
All too often, business are impressed with what new technology promises to do, but never take the time to fully learn and implement these promised wonders of productivity.
There is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail.
Manufacturers are starting to rely on “open innovation,” a process philosophy that aims to merge new technology from sometimes disparate industries.
It's great to meet new people, but isn’t it better when they recognize you before you have to say a word?