The Future of Manufacturing in the US Continues to Brighten

Let’s review a few facts about manufacturing—-facts we should all be familiar with and ready to share whenever a chance presents itself: Manufacturing contributes 12 percent of US GDP Manufacturing employs roughly 12 million people US manufacturing has the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is

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Hacked! This Could Happen to You

I did not intend to write about data security this month—but then my priorities and attention got shifted—my server was hacked by Russian playboys—for ransom. I signed on to my server, located in my PA office, from my NY office about 11 AM on a Monday morning. Immediately there was a different feel. It didn’t

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The Shifting World for Human Resources

As I write this there have been no major legislative changes regarding immigration, but there have been major changes in enforcement, and those changes are likely to impact many of you either directly or indirectly. I expect legislative changes will follow bringing additional changes. I believe that all of my clients have foreign-born workers in

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The Conundrum of Promoting Your Top Talent

One of the more common and expensive management mistakes is to help perpetuate the Peter Principle. For those of you lucky enough (by the blessing of relative youth) to be unfamiliar with the term I’ll refer to Wikipedia: “The Peter Principle is a concept in management theory formulated by Laurence J. Peter and published in

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Take a Position and Make a Statement

Last month I talked about the need to have a written and effective policy regarding sexual harassment in the work place. Sexual harassment is just one area where you are exposed to potential financial liability and loss of good will. Companies are commonly exposed without their knowledge to the illicit use of company computers and

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You Need to Write It Down, then Follow Through

One of the catch phrases associated with ISO is “document what you do and do what you document”. There are numerous variations to that same theme but the message is clear. To help people understand what you expect, write it down—and then discuss it with them, sometimes multiple times. You have a personal code of

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Succeeding with Millennials

The millennial generation is roughly defined as those born between 1980 and 2000. By 2025 they will make up 75% of the world’s working population. They also, jointly, seem to mount a great challenge to a broad range of current managers, me included! Trying to understand millennials and what motivates them and the things that

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Effectively Communicating Change

Effective communication has been written about seemingly ad nauseam. I am guilty of adding to that condition, but I find that I continue to have my own failures, and reflection of what works and what doesn’t is a continuous process with me. Hopefully I will continue to learn and improve in that effectiveness. To that

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The Manufacturing Environment Under President Trump

I prefer to write about subjects I know, but in this case I am willing to write about both things I know and what I think might be. First, what I know: currently the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is suing the federal government in 16 cases which it believes represent overregulation, specifically in the

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Developing People by Leaving Them Alone

I recently read an article on time management and it recounted a conversation between the author and Tom Patterson, the founder of Tommy John. Mr. Patterson talked about the “tsunami” of email he faced as his company grew, going from 100 per day to as much as 300. That invasion had overwhelmed him. He could

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