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Leadership: Are you a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

Leadership: Are You A Thermometer or a Thermostat?

Let's talk about leadership for a minute. In your company, community, and industry your ideas and actions matter. For the purposes of this article, we are going to divide leadership into two categories. Thermometer Leadership This…
Idea Implementation Guide

Idea Implementation Guide

Someone once said, "Hey, I have a great idea!" Then, almost miraculously, nothing happened. It went nowhere. Zero money was made. Nothing was improved. Lives were not changed. Why? Because the hard part usually isn't coming up…
Hitting Critical Production Dates

Hitting Critical Production Dates

In the last few weeks, I have had at least a dozen or so conversations with shop owners regarding how-to tips on hitting critical production dates. Their production teams are so behind, they can't figure out how to catch up. If this…
Top 10 Things Employees Value

Top 10 Things Employees Value

Do you need employees? Companies everywhere are starving for them. Lately, I haven't spoken to a business owner or manager in our industry that isn't looking for at least one more new hire to fill out their roster. For some shops, they…
Leading Small Before Leading Big

Leading Small Before Leading Big

Let's talk about leading people. Specifically employees. What are you doing right now to train the next crop of managers in your shop? If you are like most business owners, a leadership development program isn't something that you have…
The Illusion of Perfection

The Illusion of Perfection

Perfection. We all want it. Strive for it. Lust after it. Even demand it. In the 2009 movie Avatar, the mining company in the film was obsessed with getting a rare mineral. Unobtainium. This was an old engineer joke that director and screenwriter…