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When Ego Sinks Your Lifeboat

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It is no secret that the manufacturing industry in the U.S.A. has seen better days. After years of fighting overseas manufacturers for work, this current recession has been the impending nail in the coffin for some. Most machine shops and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. were built in the same way: with blood, sweat, and tears. The grit required to survive in manufacturing tends to weed...

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It's Time To Burn Your Parachute

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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 the few instances I didn’t, I managed to turn my whole life upside down. The reason you’re seeing a new face in this boring bar is a direct result of...

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Bottomless Chips

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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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Data Doesn't Lie

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, the word of the week is “pivot.” Connect with us:www.MakingChips.com/contact The Boring Bar Newsletter - Text CHIPS to 38470 to subscribe!

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Breaking the "DIY" Mentality

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 significant impact on how we successfully and efficiently operate in business.

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Communicating Effectively in the Workplace

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 business owners in the construction industry for over 20 years in the Rockford area, where I like to think I get my work ethic. I have a passion for...

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How to Build a Brand Book

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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 don’t let it fall off.

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Something New

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 adjust to new workforce reality and find jobs.”

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3 Steps to Master Social Media Engagement

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Does your marketing strategy include social media?  Establishing a social media presence for your business is not just about being consistent with your content, getting “likes”, or tracking how many times your content is seen. The most successful social media strategies focus on how to grab an audience’s attention and keep them engaged with a brand from the very first post.

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