Five tips for leading your manufacturing team through a crisis

As you and your leadership team respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can think of this as an opportunity to improve your manufacturing team culture. Take this opportunity to invest in people, and you will have a stronger employee culture on the other side. “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” - [...]

Did you win today?

I’m always overwhelmed when I walk in a manufacturing plant and see miles of endless charts on the wall with red and green dots. Individually, I know that chart means something to one or a few people, but collectively my brain is blurred at answering the most basic questions:

Configured Over Custom

I recently wrote an article on my blog called, “Custom Software is a Bad Idea.” This came out of conversations where we were discussing the differences between custom software and configured software. Custom Software describes a situation where a company would have customer software engineering done for their specific situation. Configured [...]

The 3 keys to measuring employee performance

“The majority of blue-collar workers believe pay increases should be earned by performance as opposed to tenure.” The workforce today wants to be great at what they do. The employees want objective performance reviews, and they want to be recognized when they are adding value for the business and team. Creating a performance management system [...]

Do digital transformations have to be so expensive?

I've been reading several industry reports in the last week, and all of them suggest that developing a "Digital Transformation Strategy" is the most important thing for manufacturers to be doing to stay competitive. I agree that leveraging technology better than your competitors is going to keep you ahead in the coming years, but what will it [...]

5 ways you are like Kobe Bryant

Do you think you are like Kobe Bryant? You are Kobe are not that different. Here are 5 Kobe Bryant quotes that could be said to your teams in your manufacturing plant.

Best practices for cell phones on the manufacturing floor

Do you have a clear and consistently followed cell phone policy for your factory floor? We summarized best practices from manufacturers on how they police cell phone usage in their plants. There are several different flavors of cell phone policies, so we listed a couple popular options and identified the pros and cons of each type of policy. [...]

3 Top Priorities for Manufacturers in 2020

TL;DR: It’s all about your employees. Retain them. Engage them. Grow them.

5 things your manufacturing leaders should be doing everyday

Whether you are a seasoned manufacturing leader or this is your first day on the job, you can start doing these 5 things immediately. 

Better loss reasons lead to better and faster decision making

When you are looking to improve your manufacturing results, the first thing you do is look at your losses. If you've got a perfectly prioritized list of loss reasons, and you can make spending and improvement decisions in a snap, you're awesome! Most of us have a list of reasons that someone put together many years ago, and operators might (or [...]