Author Archives: wicmpadmin

Can We Make the Switch?

A critical switch is underway. Our future depends less on great answers for the Skills Gap and more about effective solutions to the looming Body Gap. Wisconsin does a terrific job addressing the Skills Gap – arguably better than any other state – but it won’t be enough to foster future economic growth. The demographics […]

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Ready for the Soft Side of Technology

Almost ubiquitous technology access and worldwide connections open channels that create opportunities that weren’t possible even a few years ago. That technology facilitates many tasks and opens possibilities that were previously beyond our imagination. These changes and capabilities create more promise for the future and for making unprecedented progress… …but technology advances are creating change […]

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What We Can Learn from a Legend

I have followed John Hazen White, Jr. for several years across various media platforms. He’s a great manufacturing innovator and a forward-thinking leader. John’s approach to manufacturing integrates multiple facets of complicated situations into coherent pictures that inspire action. At least, they inspire me. Several weeks ago, I finally had the chance to meet John […]

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The Speed of Freedom

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing reignited my childhood fascination with the mission and all advances made to accomplish. For a kid growing up in the sixties, space exploration was a big deal: It interrupted school days, linked our imaginations with reality, and fueled the inspiration of a generation. All of this […]

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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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