Christine Schmitz

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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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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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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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How to Vet Outside Counsel

Challenges: Leadership, Featured

Taxes, accounting, and legal issues present increasingly complex and ever-changing challenges for business leaders who are navigating critical situations such as succession planning.  While many businesses rely on readily available software programs

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Adjusting Your Manufacturing Management Style by Generation

Challenges: Workforce, Read, Featured

We’ve talked a lot about the issue of Baby Boomers retiring and handing the industry over to the next generation. We’ve also talked a lot about trying to attract more Millennials and Post-Millennials to a career in manufacturing. However, statistics

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“American Factory” Offers a Face and a Name to Manufacturers on Both Sides of the Globe

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce, Read

“In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America”. - Netflix  

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What Every Manufacturer Needs to Know about Higher Education

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

As the US job market becomes more competitive, parents, students, and even society as a whole seems increasingly hesitant to spend money on a degree they fear won’t help them get a good job. 

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Industrial Vending is the Perfect Conversation Starter for New Investors

Challenges: Technology, Read

 

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Is Your Manufacturing Business Cyber-Secure?

Challenges: Technology, Read

We have spent a lot of time talking about interconnectivity, data gathering, assessment, and analytics over the past month, however there is another side to digital progress we can’t overlook. As manufacturing operations increasingly become

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Uprising in a Time of Revolution: Is History Speaking to Metalworking Leaders?

Challenges: Leadership, Workforce, Read

Ever hear of the Luddites?

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Modern Manufacturing Analytics: The Perks and Pitfalls

Challenges: Process, Technology, Read

I, Machine, take you, Data, to be my wedded partner, ‘til death do us part. 

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Manufacturing and Unemployment: Something Doesn’t Add Up

Challenges: Community, Workforce, Read

Math has never been my strong suit, but lately, even I am starting to think something isn’t adding up when it comes to manufacturing employment data.

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