Category Leadership

Personal and Business Growth: what’s the difference?

To go off of my post from yesterday and the one about cross-training, I wanted to combine the two conclusion concepts together to provide a thought on how to mentor and lead your manufacturing team into a more nurturing and productive culture. I know in my recent termination and breakup I was not completely free […]

Going for the “W”

I am going to appear to be going slightly off topic than what I usually write about, but since the balance between your personal and business life is so vital in having a fulfilled life, I wanted to share something personal. I love the idea of a recovery versus a rebound. I love the idea […]

Is your company training to be “Cross-fit?”

Cross-training is much more than just a popular exercise regimen. It’s a good business practice, especially in manufacturing, to have employees be competent in multiple roles in case of call-ins or no-shows so that production is not hindered from one process not being up and running. The value behind cross-training is undeniable and easy to […]

Read the fine print on your ticket?

What I meant by “guarantees” in my last post was that there are certain requirements you’ll want to determine within your change improvement process that you can NOT compromise on. I understand there “are no guarantees in life.” But, if you’re paying for an outside vendor to help you with implementing improvements within your business, […]

You’re booked!

So the second portion of getting to your ideal situation via destination postcard after making a plan of action is of course ordering the ticket. Booking your transportation to your grand destination, a.k.a. investing in the method, program, or process that will get you and/or your team to the ideal situation, will require a lot […]

Vacation Time! Destination: The Flats!

How can you make an organization go flat? As I’ve constantly been stating, change does NOT happen overnight yet we need it in order to grow, personally and professionally. So, the same concept is going to be applied to when an organization is looking to transfer from a hierarchal structure to a flat(ter) structure, too. […]

Goliath’s Strategy: Qlty vs Qnty Part 3

Now enters Goliath: the other extreme from my last post about quality. As opposed to the biblical tale, “Goliath” manufacturers don’t “lose” in the realm of quality assurance practices. They just have a different set of challenges to deal with than the smaller “David” companies. Instead of dealing with gaps in resource availability, bigger manufacturers […]

Quality vs Quantity: should that even be a choice?

I had a lecture in my Production and Operations class with Dr. Ron Lembke this past week on Quality. When the topic was introduced, (shamefully) I groaned. I reacted this way because my current job is within the Quality department for a dietary supplements company and they’re planning on making some massive improvements throughout the […]

Organizing Habits

So I have to apologize: I got so excited with the experience I had earlier this week with brewing my first beer batch and how helpful Matt was that I forgot to mention my thoughts on manufacturing concepts from that experience! Once you’ve forgiven me, I have to tell you that not only was I […]

“Just a little off the top…or not”

As mentioned previously, I am very thankful for people with servant leadership skills that look to help others without expecting anything in return. People with this mindset are set up to have incredibly loyal followers, which seems to be lacking in some industries, including manufacturing. I am NOT by any means saying that ALL manufacturers […]


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