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Attack Problems Not People - Marshall Atkinson

Attack Problems, Not People

So you were walking the shop floor the other day and you noticed one of your workers, Fred, aimlessly wandering around. It looked weird. At night, you lie awake in your bed worrying about how you are going to get all of the orders completed…
Top 5 Reasons Why Shops Fail - Marshall Atkinson

Top 5 Reasons Why Shops Fail

Why do shops fail? Many, just like yours always seem to go out of business. But I'm not saying there is anything wrong with your shop. Nope. I just want to point out that in every shop that fails, they thought they would make it. That…
Teach the Elephant in the Room to Dance

Teach the Elephant in the Room to Dance

Do you see that? Standing right next to you is an elephant in the room. You know it's there. It smells like something familiar. Occasionally you get a glimpse of it out of the corner of your eye and that reminds you that you need to do something…
Finding the Right Employees For Your Shop - Marshall Atkinson

Help Wanted – Finding the Right People for Your Shop

One burning question that I keep reading continuously in industry forums is “I need to hire some staff, where do I find these people?”  Shops often start off small, one person operations.  The business owner has the driving passion for…
Finding the Right Employees For Your Shop - Marshall Atkinson

How to Improve the Biggest Variable in Your Company: People

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Your company’s biggest variable for success is your people.  Everything your company is known for is a direct result of their motivation, engagement, training, effort, and skill.  Chances are you have a good group that already works for…
Finding the Right Employees For Your Shop - Marshall Atkinson

Change Your People – or – Change Your People

Last week I attended a wonderful event here in Milwaukee that the WMEP (http://www.wmep.org/) produced called “Manufacturing Matters”.  This event was loaded with networking opportunities, information sharing, classes on different subjects,…