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GM Carves Out Space for Innovation

Most manufacturing engineers live in a very predictable, repeatable world. Standardized work is the goal, and engineers work very hard to eliminate exceptions. So how can you encourage engineers on your team to break away from standard ways of thinking an…
Most manufacturing engineers live in a very predictable, repeatable world. Standardized work is the goal, and engineers work very hard to eliminate exceptions. So how can you enco… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/gm-carves-out-space-innovation/

Digitization: Pick Your Shots, But Don’t Miss the Big Picture

One of the more interesting findings from the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Factories of the Future (http://bit.ly/188uFh2 ) project this year is what manufacturers are saying about digitizing their business processes.A strong majority, 59.4%, say th…
One of the more interesting findings from the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Factories of the Future (http://bit.ly/188uFh2 ) project this year is what manufacturers are… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/digitization-pick-your-shots-dont-miss-big-picture/

Corporate Culture: A Compelling Narrative Can Make a Difference

In his recent book, Harvard Professor Emeritus James Heskett claims that a vibrant company culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.” If true, those are some pre…
In his recent book, Harvard Professor Emeritus James Heskett claims that a vibrant company culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/corporate-culture-compelling-narrative-can-make-difference/

Manufacturers: Graduates Aren’t Workforce-Ready

For millions of college and high school students who graduated in the past few weeks, the thrill of receiving diplomas along with tearful congratulations has, no doubt, begun to fade, replaced by worries about finding gainful and rewarding employment. On…
For millions of college and high school students who graduated in the past few weeks, the thrill of receiving diplomas along with tearful congratulations has, no doubt, begun to f… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturers-graduates-arent-workforce-ready/

The Next Generation: Making Manufacturing Dreams Come True

You’re a young, high-energy female student with a proven aptitude and an intense passion for robotics and engineering. So, how do you pursue a dream career in manufacturing?
You’re a young, high-energy female student with a proven aptitude and an intense passion for robotics and engineering. So, how do you pursue a dream career in manufacturing?… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-generation-making-manufacturing-dreams-come-true/

Dialogue: Eric Fidoten -- Creating a High-Engagement Organization

Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competitive business.
Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competi… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-eric-fidoten-creating-high-engagement-organization/

The Trust Gap

When a mid-level executive at Goldman Sachs named Greg Smith resigned a couple of months ago by authoring a letter to The New York Times that was highly critical of the Wall Street giant, some were quick to question his motives. Smith, some said, was suff…
When a mid-level executive at Goldman Sachs named Greg Smith resigned a couple of months ago by authoring a letter to The New York Times that was highly critical of the Wall Stree… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/trust-gap/

The Global View: What’s in a Name?

I have always been fascinated by the practice of many Asian businesspeople to assume an English name. There are two aspects that interest me: the names themselves, and the stories behind the names.
I have always been fascinated by the practice of many Asian businesspeople to assume an English name. There are two aspects that interest me: the names themselves, and the stories… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-whats-name/

The Global View: Book Early at the Hotel Biotech

As I talk with manufacturers about attractive markets for the future, I am hearing two distinct themes: medical devices and biotechnology. For example, friends in aerospace and defense will mention medical devices and/or biotechnology as a future directio…
As I talk with manufacturers about attractive markets for the future, I am hearing two distinct themes: medical devices and biotechnology. For example, friends in aerospace and de… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-book-early-hotel-biotech/

Adaptive Leadership: Do You Have a Passion for Change?

As the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, once put it: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”
As the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, once put it: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/adaptive-leadership-do-you-have-passion-change/

Manufacturing Leadership: Will Adaptability Rule the Future?

Are today’s manufacturing leaders as adaptable as their factories and supply chains? Not yet, perhaps. But they need to be.
Are today’s manufacturing leaders as adaptable as their factories and supply chains? Not yet, perhaps. But they need to be. Many of the world’s leading manufacturer… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-leadership-will-adaptability-rule-future/

Buy American

Following a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council meeting in Chicago, I enjoyed an interesting post-dinner discussion with a tableful of manufacturers. We had spent most of the day together talking about how to stimulate the revival of U.S. manufacturin…
Following a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council meeting in Chicago, I enjoyed an interesting post-dinner discussion with a tableful of manufacturers. We had spent most of the … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/blog/buy-american/

Culture and the science of attention

Babies pay attention to everything. But by the time they are six or seven years old, their surrounding culture has taught them to pay attention to some things and ignore others.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/culture-and-science-attention/

Encouraging the use of English on the plant floor

In most plants the workforce is diverse and English is frequently not the mother tongue of the majority of workers.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/encouraging-use-english-plant-floor/

Cultivating Continuous Improvement from the Bottom Up

By now it's become widely accepted that the most effective way to achieve continuous improvement is to pull ideas for changing process from the front-line employees who are closest to the work.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/cultivating-continuous-improvement-bottom/

Becoming a culturally competent manager: Here's mine, what's yours?

The more frequent and contextually varied experiences wehave with individuals and groups that are dis-similar to ours, the more likely we are to be able to appreciate and manage a diverse workforce.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/becoming-culturally-competent-manager-heres-mine-whats-yours/

Genitals in the sink? And you thought your job was rough

The HR department in a large factory received an anonymous complaint: it was observed that men from certain ethnic groups would wash their genitals in the sink after using the washroom.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/genitals-sink-and-you-thought-your-job-was-rough/

Finding Top Talent is Becoming a Global Game

Where will tomorrow's manufacturing leaders come from?
Where will tomorrow's manufacturing leaders come from? Many manufacturers are beginning to look to Asia and other rapidly-developing geographies for the next generation of managem… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/finding-top-talent-becoming-global-game/

Does culture matter? Do we still have to consider this topic? Or is it now a given?

During my academic years (1994 to 1998) we studied the impact of leadership on employee culture, we reviewed some case studies displaying organisations with very poor employee culture and ones with very strong company culture.
During my academic years (1994 to 1998)  we studied the impact of leadership on employee culture, we reviewed some case studies displaying organisations with very poor employ… http://visionary-it.gilcommunity.com/discussion/does-culture-matter-do-we-still-have-consider-topic-or-it-no/

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