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Best Practices for Working From Home: Staying Successful at Your Home Office

4/21/2020 - THE CENTER
​We recently published a blog discussing how to keep employees feeling engaged and valued while working from home by prioritizing training. In addition to these engagement challenges, many are working from home for the first time ever and are struggling to stay focused and productive in such a different environment. For those who need extra guidance, there are resources that can help.


How Michigan Manufacturers are Contributing to COVID-19 Response Efforts

4/17/2020 - THE CENTER
To contribute to COVID-19 mitigation efforts and ensure healthcare workers, patients and individuals are getting the resources they need, manufacturers around the state have either increased production or retooled entirely to provide medical devices that are desperately needed. 


COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers in Michigan

4/14/2020 - THE CENTER
Starting March 24, Governor Whitmer ordered all Michiganders to stay home and suspend all non-essential activities. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly, it’s unclear when activities will begin to return to normal. With manufacturing operations across Michigan and the nation disrupted or even halted, what can manufacturers do right now to protect and advance their businesses?


Lead Others the Way You Want to Be Led

4/10/2020 - BY: BEN WOOD
Much has changed in the last few weeks. Things we used to take for granted, like going to the grocery store, eating at a restaurant or getting a haircut, are now unrecognizable or even impossible. Evidence of how quickly things change is all around us, and individuals and companies everywhere are scrambling to adapt to this new reality. As a leader in your business, how quickly can you change?


A New Leadership Challenge: How to Support Your Workforce During COVID-19

4/7/2020 - BY: CHARLIE WESTRA
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to heavily impact businesses, with operations partially or completely shut down and many team members working from home, leaders are left wondering how they can ensure employees are feeling valued, engaged and secure in their roles. While the pandemic has already caused much disruption and distress for manufacturers as they consider what the future holds, there are still ways companies can work right now to strengthen both their business and their workforce to better position themselves for the eventual return to normal operations.


Triumphs Through Transactional Six Sigma

4/3/2020 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
First introduced in the 1980s as a descendant of much older statistical tools, then polished and (some would say) nearly perfected in the 1990s, the Six Sigma methodology has driven process improvement on manufacturing floors around the globe for decades. But what about the carpet side of the business?


Is Your Business Prepared - For Any Crisis?

3/27/2020 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
Unplanned events can have devastating effects on small businesses. In some drastic cases, catastrophes can lead to the loss of important customers or, at worst, going out of business completely. To avoid this fate and minimize the potential impacts of a disaster, or prevent it from happening in the first place, planning is essential.


Why Your Projects Fail, and How to Get Them Back on Track

3/20/2020 - BY: ROB STAUFFER
Many project managers tend to stick to “their way” of managing projects, regardless of how successful their methods may be. But digging deeper, most would realize that their strategies are not only ineffective, but are costing their organization much time, money, and effort with each failed project.


Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

3/13/2020 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
For many manufacturers, especially small and mid-sized manufacturers, it can be difficult to maintain a forward-thinking outlook. Most of the time, the day-to-day fires are all-consuming. Like Fleetwood Mac suggests, businesses should not stop thinking about tomorrow, for it will soon be here.


Coming to Terms

3/6/2020 - BY: DALE WICKER
In the manufacturing world, and specifically in the area of Quality Management, many technical terms are used that people also use in everyday life. However, they don't always have the same meaning. This can lead to misunderstandings and serious problems in production if team members can't differentiate between everyday meanings and technical meanings. 


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