Voice of Customer Finds “Sales Secret Weapons”

Posted by IMEC on Oct 29, 2021 1:20:32 PM

This article is written by Mark Allen Roberts, CEO and Founder of OTB Solutions.

I have been sharing how powerful capturing the voice of your customers (VoC) and voice of your market ( VoM) is in growing your business profitably. In this post I will share how to leverage customer voice into a “sales secret weapon“.

In a recent post I shared how critical it is to understand the criteria your buyers use today as well as how those criteria rank in order of importance. You may be providing services and

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Tap into the Potential of Mid-Career Job Candidates

Posted by IMEC on Oct 27, 2021 12:13:13 PM

Many manufacturers continue to face challenges in their quest to recruit employees. If you are struggling with acquiring talent, consider doing more to attract mid-career workers – individuals in their thirties, forties and fifties who seek new employment opportunities. Armed with experience and skills acquired during years of working, they can be hired to fill critical roles and help propel your company forward.

Here are some helpful tips:

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9 Tips for Attracting College Talent

Posted by IMEC on Oct 18, 2021 3:34:10 PM

Local and regional colleges are terrific places for recruiting entry-level talent. Here are nine tips for getting the most out of your college recruitment program.

1. Work on Recruitment All Year
College students begin looking for internships and jobs long before they graduate. Therefore, it’s important to form strong relationships year-round through a variety of tactics.

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9 Ways to Build Up Your High-School Talent Pipeline

Posted by IMEC on Oct 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM



Are you struggling to find an adequate amount of young job applicants? One smart, pivotal move you can make right now is to ramp up recruitment of high-school students. By focusing on current students as well as recent graduates, you can ensure you have a strong pipeline of workers to sustain your manufacturing business.
Here are nine ideas to help you get started:

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Q&A: 4 Education Leaders Explore How Higher Education is Fueling Manufacturing

Posted by IMEC on Oct 13, 2021 9:21:00 AM

The path to manufacturing is widening. While disruptive technology like robotics, AI and data analytics is shaping the factory of the future, higher education is forging a path with education-industry partnerships, certificates and credentials, statewide networks, and an eager desire to solve problems with interdisciplinary teams. 

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Transforming Leadership and Culture Through Team Coaching

Posted by Stacey Curry on Sep 30, 2021 2:46:53 PM

Many organizations are experiencing the full force of change. This new speed of change is creating a shift in what employee’s value and what they are looking for in an organization. And because of this, organizations are now reflecting more on their culture and considering ways to enhance employee engagement and retention. Now is the ideal time for organizations to reflect on their legacy learning approaches and ask themselves: “will our existing learning approaches to enhance employee engagement, leadership development, change management, and problem solving help us transform our culture to best meet the future demands of our customers and stakeholders?” Perhaps, if the focus is on developing the team and not just the individual learner.

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ENGAGE AND INSPIRE: Manufacturing Month Celebration

Posted by IMEC on Sep 30, 2021 12:31:36 PM

October has a special place in the hearts of Illinois Manufacturers. That’s because in Illinois, October is Manufacturing Month. And while the entire month is dedicated to manufacturing and its impact on the world around us, one day in particular stands out as a sort of open house, when manufacturers throw open their doors and invite people in to see what manufacturing means in the modern world. This year, October 1st is National Manufacturing Day (MFGDay).

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Celebrating Manufacturing Day 2021 — Three Ways to Create a Great Hybrid Event

Posted by IMEC on Sep 28, 2021 1:15:00 PM

This is an original article from NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

While Fridays have always been a reason to celebrate, the first Friday of October is one that is near and dear to the MEP National NetworkTM, as this year, Friday, October 1, is Manufacturing Day (MFG Day)!

Organizing your MFG Day events may have changed quite a bit in the last 18 months. Prioritizing safety, venue capacity constraints, and reduced corporate travel have presented real challenges for organizing manufacturing expos, conferences, factory tours, and other in-person traditional events.

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The Story of Baldrige, IMEC, and a Search for Excellence

Posted by IMEC on Sep 28, 2021 10:06:34 AM

By Joe Kilbride, author and Baldrige expert

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