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Explore articles below on some of the biggest challenges and opportunities in the manufacturing industry today.

Challenges

What is keeping YOU up at night?

It's Time To Burn Your Parachute

Challenges: Growth, Read

Change is never easy. That is something that everybody acknowledges in theory. But you never internalize it. When change is staring you in the face, you buckle under its immense pressure and you run back to your comfort zones. I know I do. But in

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The Shade You’re Sitting In

Challenges: Leadership, Read

On the topic of leaving a legacy, Warren Buffett once wrote, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” 

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Bottomless Chips

Challenges: Growth, Read

I’ve got a big birthday coming up and, facing this milestone, I decided I’d try to shed a few of my “quarantine 15” pounds and get myself back into fighting shape. 

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The News that Stays News

Challenges: Leadership, Read

Brace yourself for what I am about to reveal: I have a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry. 

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Are You Ready to Adopt?

Challenges: Leadership, Technology, Read

Apparently I wasn’t the only listener who felt inspired while listening to Jim Carr talk about the updates CARR Machine & Tool adopted in order to pivot from prototypes to becoming a full production machine shop. We’ve gotten a lot of positive

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Who is Your Cuckoo?

Challenges: Leadership, Read

It’s been almost ten years since I first learned about the “company cuckoo”, which was an affectionate term used to describe the CCO (Chief Creative Officer) at the progressive company where I worked as a lead writer on the creative team. It might

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Data Doesn't Lie

Challenges: Growth, Technology, Read

One of the strangest things about writers is that we all have a favorite word or a list of words that just move usto sigh with literary bliss. One of my favorite words was used more than four times within this week’s episode of MakingChips. Folks,

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The Challenge to Change

Challenges: Leadership, Read

I don’t know about you, but I was totally geeking out listening to this week’s MakingChips guest, Ted Ladzinski, owner of Motor City Spindle Repair of Dearborn, Michigan, share details of his business practices, from social media to sales management

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New Fruit

Challenges: Community, Read

Remember that old “Knock, Knock” joke from when we were kids?

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Filling the Trade Show Gap: Networking in the Age of COVID-19

Challenges: Leadership, Process, Read

As more trade shows and conventions cancel their events, manufacturing marketers, sales representatives and executives are left scratching their heads. Globally attended expos like IMTS and FABTECH represent a massive investment for many companies,

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Breaking the "DIY" Mentality

Challenges: Leadership, Growth

In this week’s episode of MakingChips, the MakingChips team discussed the health of the entrepreneurial operating system (EOS). Within the conversation of talking about business practices, Nick brought up a business practice that I believe to have a

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Communicating Effectively in the Workplace

Challenges: Leadership, Growth, Read

Before we dive into this week’s episode, I would like to introduce myself to our readers. My name is Victoria Sockwell, and I will be the new contributing writer for MakingChips. I was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. My parents have been

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How to Build a Brand Book

Challenges: Growth, Read

Let me preface this with, I know that when you started this week, creating a brand book probably wasn’t on the top of your priority list. Heck, I’d say it didn’t even make the monthly cut. This quarter, I’m urging you to put it on your checklist—and

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Something New

Challenges: Growth, Read, Featured

In my inbox this morning, in one of the many manufacturing newsletters I subscribe to, was a link to an article describing a new initiative, backed by “over 200 companies including GM, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson”, aimed at “helping Americans

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Let's Talk About Reshoring

Challenges: Workforce, Featured

In the manufacturing news segment of the podcast this week, the guys discussed H.R.6690, known as the “Bring Entrepreneurial Advancements To Consumers Here In North America Act”, which was introduced by Rep. Chip Roy to the House Committee on Ways

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