Is Your Manufacturing Plant Ready for Supercharged Growth?

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 6, 2017 2:08:23 PM

As the U.S. and the global economy bounces back, manufacturing continues to be on the rise. Therefore, companies are looking to open new facilities, domestically and internationally, and expand their existing operations to drive future revenue.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Business Management

8 Practical and Effective Manufacturing Leadership Tips

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A fancy title and office with a window will not make you a strong leader. Being a great leader is no easy task as you must inspire, motivate and be effective while becoming a well-respected member of your company. Whether or not you are comfortable with it, you will be in the spotlight with high expectations for your effectiveness. Those who work for you are looking for direction and guidance while your direct reports expect to see results.

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Topics: Business Management

5 Unexpected Costs You Can Reduce with New Technology

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2017 9:15:00 AM

As new technology goes, so goes the trajectory of how we work.

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Topics: Business Management, Manufacturing Technology

What to Consider When Implementing Change on the Shop Floor

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Answering the question of what kind of changes your manufacturing operation could best benefit by is a bit like asking to know the future.

That’s because the best answer to the question would take into account a number of future factors, including:

  1. What could happen in your target market
  2. What’s going on in your industry
  3. How your manufacturing business best works to achieve net profit
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Topics: Change Management, Business Management

7 Metrics to Help Your Management Team Make Better Decisions

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 1, 2017 8:23:51 AM

Productivity metrics allow management to understand precisely what’s happening throughout a manufacturing operation.

What areas need improvement and who should be rewarded for exceeding standards can be determined with the right metrics, which allow managers to intelligently guide their team forward.

What should be measured in manufacturing? Here are seven general areas with associated key performance indicators …

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Topics: Business Management

Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 27, 2017 10:30:28 AM

In business, it’s often said that your biggest asset is your people.

But how do employees factor into manufacturing?

In the manufacturing arena, your employees may very well be more valuable than ever. Technology and automation may have phased out some people-filled roles, but those that remain have more responsibilities than ever.

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Topics: Business Management, Human Resources

Brand Equity: How to Add Lasting Value to Your Company

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 1, 2016 1:21:14 PM

A brand is more than just a product, logo, website, or tagline. A brand is all of these taken together to create an intangible effect amongst stakeholders (customers, prospects, suppliers, creditors, employees, government agencies, etc.). Building your company’s brand equity is often an integral part of your business strategy. A recent Forbes magazine article rated these top brands and their value to their respective organizations.

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Topics: Business Management, Strategic Business Planning

Shift Your Business from Providing Reactive to Proactive Customer Service

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 22, 2016 3:37:01 PM

For many manufacturing businesses, the default approach in providing customer service is to respond to problems as they arise.

While this reactive method may satisfy the customer for that moment, it fails to take a more proactive approach in handling customer service issues. Instead, imagine if you could solve problems before customers had to call you. Or even better, if you could address issues before they even became aware of them.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Business Management

Why You Should Worry About Your Employees Work-Life Balance

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM

In good economic times and in bad economic times, your employees are your most valuable resource. You always want to receive 100% from your workers, but it is also important to recognize that a strong work-life balance is key to building and keeping a strong workforce.

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Topics: Business Management

Is Your Business Using These E-Mail Guidelines?

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Ninety two percent of Internet users in the United States use e-mail. Since many of these e-mails are for business purposes, it’s important to know and use proper e-mail etiquette. While a lot of people understand the importance of following certain rules when writing a business letter, they often forget these rules when composing an e-mail message.

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Topics: Business Management

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