Author Archives: wicmpadmin

An Explorer in an XLR World

I’m not a car guy. My Explorer will pass 100,000 miles sometime in the next few weeks and I’m happy because it gets me there. Somewhere along the way, I lost the car gene. God has a peculiar sense of humor because I fell in love with a woman who could define the car gene. […]

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Presidency Change? It’s the Same Old, Same Old.

“We’ve never seen this before!” Oh, but yes we have. Presidential election time is always uncertain and the business reaction is usually the same. I am not minimizing possible Trump policy changes and their effects on social issues or international relations. Instead, I’m focused on the uncertainty facing the business community and more than a […]

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Do You Have any Clue What You’re Doing?

I hear that question often. Most times it comes right before I learn something new. In other situations, it tells me to pay closer attention. Technology is one of those fields where we should all be asking ourselves this question. Change is accelerating and technology is a key driver – especially in manufacturing. Two major […]

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You’re Missing the Point

I keep reading about how we need to create more jobs in order to boost our economy. These stories miss the point that jobs are not the issue – workers are. We are missing 20 million people in the current workforce and will need every available worker – and more – to keep the economy […]

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Tackling the First T: Talent

Wisconsin faces a new challenge: The Body Gap. The demographics heading our way promise a workforce that’s not big enough to grow the economy without historic levels of productivity improvement. This productivity increase requires an integrated strategy around 3Ts: Talent, Technology, and Techniques. The normal siloed approach will not deliver the Transformation necessary to meet […]

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Our Next Challenge: The Body Gap

Great people form the backbone of successful companies. That’s particularly true of manufacturing operations and the skills needed to handle their diverse requirements. These organizations depend on a steady supply of talent and Wisconsin did a great job opening the talent pipeline by closing the Skills Gap. Terrific initiatives throughout the state allow workers to […]

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Skills Gap to a Body Gap

We face a serious challenge to our economic future. Our Skills Gap is quickly changing into a Body Gap. People in Wisconsin address the Skills Gap as well as anyone in the country. Unfortunately, all of this effort will not be enough to overcome changing demographics. A shrinking workforce will require companies to improve productivity […]

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Three Ts for Transformation

Manufacturing (and the rest of our economy) faces a tumultuous market in the next few years. Accelerating change, demographic trends, and discontinuous innovation will create new challenges for all companies – but even more for manufacturers. For them, three critical elements often make the difference between success and failure for manufacturers. Talent, technology, and techniques […]

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Dane County Manufacturing

The Brookings Institute posted some exciting news this summer: Madison ranks #5 out of the top 100 metro areas in Advanced Industry growth. These are businesses that engage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) resources and STEM employees to build cutting-edge organizations. Technology is key to these companies and manufacturing is a driver because 35 […]

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