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Don’t Waste a Crisis!

“Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis.” — Niccolò Machiavelli It’s been a frenetic two weeks for me. How about you? All of us started by making sure our loved ones and those close to us were safe and as healthy as was possible. My journey continues by helping the state find personal […]

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Cyber Attackers are Coming After You

Cyber-attacks are the most serious existential threat to Wisconsin’s Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs). These attacks are ubiquitous and morphing from static, targeted efforts focused on individual opportunities to dynamic threats with wider impacts. The force behind these attacks comes from foreign adversaries, focused on shutting down supply chains and neutralizing American technology advances. Most […]

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We Need Everybody!

Wisconsin faces a serious obstacle to our economic growth aspirations. An aging population and historically low fertility rates combine to create a huge shortage of the people necessary to keep our workforce strong. This Body Gap creates strong headwinds to future growth and prosperity because we do not have the people we need to scale […]

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Leadership On and In the Field

I try to get out of my bubble as often as I can. Several weeks ago, I attended Manpower’s “Women in Manufacturing” summit in Milwaukee to expand my thinking. I was not disappointed. One of the panels challenged the traditional view of leadership. That view defines effective leaders as strong, charismatic, and directive people running […]

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Told You So

Told you so! Sometimes it feels pretty good to say that. You may remember several months ago I wrote one of my pieces about cybersecurity and talked about a businessman who wasn’t particularly worried about his computer systems. “I don’t have anything they would want,” He told me. I saw him again this past week […]

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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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