Author Archives: wicmpadmin

Talent Wars

We live in interesting times. That realization hit me again this past week during discussions about limited workforce growth and its impact on future economic success. For the first time in my life, long-term labor shortages will drive transformation throughout our economy. Our present business models depend on a reliable spot market for talent, facilitating […]

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Get Your Story Straight

I’m finally back home after another swing through the east: Pittsburgh for my annual trip to IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing & Technology Show and Washington, DC for the MEP’s National Advisory Board meeting. The visits were terrific learning opportunities and reminders of just how good we are (and can be) in Wisconsin. I came back with two […]

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Optimism Meets Reality

Normally I’m an unbridled optimist, believing that we can handle any challenge if we work together. That optimism took a serious hit this week. Our future success demands flexibility and collaboration. Change in this day and age moves too fast for anyone – or any group – to have all the answers. The world’s complexity […]

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Back to Work

The holidays are over and its time to get back to work! The New Year will be pivotal for all of us in Wisconsin. Change is afoot and we need to be ready. We face three major issues – the Body Gap, an exponential change rate, and alignment around pragmatic actions. How we respond to […]

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Time to Get to Work!

Strong job numbers came out again this month with the economy adding over 200,000 new positions. Most hail this as great news for all concerned, but I’m not so sure. Unemployment sits at 2.6% in Wisconsin and the job market is as tight as it has been during my lifetime. If you’re searching for new […]

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Strong Job Growth Scares Me

Strong job numbers came out again this month with the economy adding over 200,000 new positions. Most hail this as great news for all concerned, but I’m not so sure. Unemployment sits at 2.6% in Wisconsin and the job market is as tight as it has been during my lifetime. If you’re searching for new […]

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Remembering Our Veterans During Manufacturing Month

It’s Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. Manufacturing built our state and manufacturing still drives our economy – and will into the foreseeable future. Great initiatives, driven by creativity throughout the state, make it possible for the sector to thrive. One of the best of these initiatives is the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing that connects our veterans […]

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East Coast Discovers Productivity

Have you ever noticed how trends don’t matter until they hit the East Coast? We could have two feet of snow and be buried from Minneapolis to Manitowoc to Milwaukee and it’s barely mentioned on the national news. When that same storm reaches Boston or New York and threatens to “dump” six inches, suddenly it’s […]

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Cyber-Crime Evolves. You Should Too!

One of my biggest frustrations in this role over the past seven years is the failure of most manufacturers to engage around critical issues to improve their businesses. Now, it’s happening again. This time around an issue that will prove fatal to many organizations. Cyber-threats are not going away. In fact they’re accelerating as perpetrators […]

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On the Sidelines

I’m frustrated talking about the Body Gap and its impending impact on our economy. Too many people fail to clearly see the magnitude of the issue and even experts continue to misapply Skills Gap solutions. We need more workers to keep the economy moving. The recent unemployment statistics once again underline the fact that the […]

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