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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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Are You Ready to Adopt?

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 feedback and follow up from our MakingChips audience. If you missed that episode, you can find it here.

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Who is Your Cuckoo?

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 sound degrading, but our CCO was the one who actually coined the term for himself.

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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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The Challenge to Change

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 to spindle repair. It is rare that I pause a podcast to take notes, yet I found myself doing this multiple times during the episode. Mr....

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

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, and are a vital part of their marketing strategies. With this absence, businesses are forced to answer a difficult question: How will we network...

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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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