Author Archives: wicmpadmin

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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Serious Message from the East – Engage!

Many of you chide me about my connections to the Harvard Business School – most of time deservedly so. It’s a unique place moderately connected to reality – especially our reality here in the Midwest. There’s definitely an East Coast bias and many times the graduates focus on money over other matters. It can be […]

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Cybersecurity Excitement

Learning new things excites me. A recent trip to Detroit proved it again as our MEP National Network team worked to make sense of cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-sized Manufacturers (SMMs) across the country. It’s a fascinating quest because the subject area is so broad and high and deep…plus it changes every week. The outcomes […]

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Field Trip to a Digital Leader

I’ve been a change catalyst my whole career, turning around businesses in multiple industries. Bringing companies back from the edge of death creates unique challenges in both financial and cultural management – maximizing cash flows and building strong teams. I’ve been modestly successful and that success reinforces past routines and lock-in to historical approaches. If […]

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Linear People. Exponential Change.

I had great fun last week keynoting the Additive Manufacturing Conference at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), partly because engineering is a bit of an alien profession to me. Engineers pursue detail with a passion, while I’m more of a big-picture guy. It was an honor to be invited into one of their havens […]

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