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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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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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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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 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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No Such Thing as Downtime

Challenges: Leadership, Read

Ideally, business is booming for you right now. Your machines are going a mile a minute, your employees are laser-focused, and your clients are beaming from the glow of their satisfaction.

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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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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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Small Business, Big Potential

Challenges: Leadership, Growth, Workforce, Read

I learned two shocking new things about our industry this week. The first came from our MakingChips featured manufacturing news article from Industry Week which focused on newly released data by SCORE, mentors to America’s small business.

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Dear Manufacturing Leader, Take a Look at Your Tech Stack. Please.

Challenges: Leadership, Growth, Technology, Read

You’re busy. Your employees are busy. Manufacturing is busy. Now I’m here asking you do add something else to your plate? Well trust me, this is important...

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Is Down Time Killing Your Bottom Line?

As Jim and Jason always say on the MakingChips Podcast, “If you’re not making chips, you’re not making money!” We all know it’s true, yet few shops have formal systems for increasing their spindle uptime. 

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