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Hamburgers & Happiness: A Lesson in Motivation

1/15/2021 - BY: CHARLIE WESTRA
In both work and daily life, we often run into people who use intimidation to get what they want. Why? Because it works. Sometimes leaders choose to give in to subordinates’ loud or threatening behavior, as giving into the squeaky wheel seems easier than handling the actual problem. Over time, this sends a message to workers that such behavior is not only acceptable, but rewarded. How can leaders deal with this behavior in a way that is more controlled and fair?


What is Your Employee Experience?

1/13/2021 - BY: DAVE NELSON
The employee experience lays the foundation for building a strong company culture, which has a profound impact on an organization. A simple tweak to your employee experience can last a lifetime and save you a lot of future frustration and costs.


Reengineer Your Business for Growth by Improving from Reactive IT to Proactive OT

12/4/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
In my role as a Business Leader Advisor, I often speak with small manufacturers in Michigan that are looking to grow. Many have found that their growth is stagnant and they don't know why. In situations such as these, the first step is to begin with evaluating the organization’s structure.


How to Cultivate Your Company Culture

11/13/2020 - BY: KATRINA GLOWZINSKI
With engagement and recruitment being some of the largest challenges faced by today’s manufacturers, the importance of workplace culture cannot be understated. The benefits of creating and maintaining a strong company culture are clear – but the path to get there is not as obvious. 


The Next Stage of the Employer/Employee Relationship

10/23/2020 - BY: MIKE BEELS
We have talked for many years about the importance of “engaged” employees – those who are highly involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their workplace. As of May 2020, the percentage of engaged employees in the U.S. was at 38% – the highest it’s been in the past 20 years – but still only 38%. So, what can organizations do to improve those numbers?


Redefining "Work" in the Era of COVID-19

8/7/2020 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
COVID-19 has forced companies to drastically change work environments in terms of safety, location and culture. Amid this workplace transition, manufacturing companies have faced a more complex challenge in determining how to manage employee "office" locations. When evaluating if it makes sense for your employees to work remotely or in-office, here are some key points to take into consideration. 


Are You a Coach, Or a Boss? How to Lead Your Team to Victory

6/5/2020 - BY: BEN WOOD
In the world of manufacturing, it seems like everyone has a boss. Growing up, I remember listening to my dad talk to my mom about his boss. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was bad – regardless, I remember thinking, I don’t know if having a boss is a good thing. What would it be like if everyone had a coach, a mentor, an advisor, a teacher instead of a boss?


Planning for Profitability in the Post-Pandemic Period

5/12/2020 - BY: JESS CRUZ
While the many changes and disruptions that came from the COVID-19 pandemic were not expected as we entered 2020, leaders in all industries have worked hard to restore our nation’s prominence and success as the world continues to respond and recover. So, how does this impact the business activities of small and medium-sized manufacturers?


Lessons Learned in Continuous Improvement & Change

5/8/2020 - BY: PETE SCHMIDT
After visiting hundreds of companies throughout the country, one thing I have consistently observed among successful companies is they have less resistance to change compared to those that think they have their processes under control and are working at their highest efficiency. Do not fear change – embrace it for the good it can do for your organization.


Revamping Your Business in the Post-COVID-19 Environment

5/5/2020 - BY: TERRY HOSSINK
It’s hard to disagree that the business world has changed drastically and will likely never look the same again. If you own or manage a business, now is the time to start thinking about the next stage.


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