ELEVATE COMPANY CULTURE: DEI 101 for Manufacturers

Posted by Paola Velasquez on May 4, 2022 1:01:21 PM

Words can mean different things at different times. It is easily confusing to understand the words diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and their relevance to manufacturing. So, let’s clarify some of the common words. But first, the reality is that manufacturing has been introducing diversity into the workplace for decades, Rosie the Riveter exemplifies how six million women joined manufacturing in World War II. Jump forward to 2022 and the workforce is ever more diverse as demographic shifts reshape the workplace.

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4 Guaranteed Ways to NOT Get Feedback in the Future

Posted by Jeff Allspaugh on Mar 30, 2022 10:19:17 AM

It’s probably never happened to you, but have you ever found that you don’t get good and useful feedback from your staff, teammates, leadership, and maybe even family or friends? You ask, then… crickets? It may be that you’ve trained them that way.

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Get to Know IMEC’s Board of Directors: David Carroll

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Mar 24, 2022 11:59:20 AM

IMEC’s Board of Directors is comprised of professionals across various industries, including food manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, advertising, law, academia, and now aerospace.

As one of the newest members to the board, Dr. David Carroll, Co-Founder and President of CU Aerospace in Champaign, IL, sat down with IMEC to discuss how CU Aerospace was formed and why it is a gamechanger in the aerospace industry.

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The Gemba Walk: 3 Fundamental Characteristics of the Bones of Gemba

Posted by Mark Loscudo on Feb 1, 2022 12:04:49 PM

In part one of this series, we discussed the importance of the Gemba walk and how well executed and thought out Gemba Walks can drive sustained Continuous Improvement. Great Gemba Walks become a focused process whereby leadership engages with various parts of the organization to observe, learn, and provide support to meet organizational goals and objectives and more importantly, the needs of its customers. Leadership is observing, learning, and engaging where value is being created, and teaching the team members to be problem solvers to achieve continuous improvement.

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BE THE CHANGE Part 2: Navigating your Corporate Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Journey

Posted by IMEC on Nov 1, 2021 1:16:12 PM

Part 1 to this blog discussed the importance of incorporating ESG into your business strategy for stakeholders including customers, employees, and investors. In this follow up, you will learn how and why ESG evolved from its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) origins, transcending the latter’s internal perspective with an outward-facing regimen of objective, measurable, stipulated standards to validate and verify reductions in impacts such as carbon footprint/output.

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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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Talk is the Technology of Leadership

Posted by Stacey Curry on Jul 12, 2021 1:11:15 PM

I like this quote from Jeanne Liedtka, design thinking guru: “talk is the technology of leadership.” It is one of those quotes that came to me at a perfect time, and often I find myself reflecting on its meaning as it relates to leadership coaching practices.

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A Deeper Dive into the Bradley-IMEC Relationship

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Jun 16, 2021 1:28:14 PM

As the host university for IMEC, Bradley University has a unique relationship with us and with the Illinois manufacturing community. In order to take a deeper dive into how Bradley and manufacturing go hand-in-hand, we sat down virtually with one of our newest board members, Erin Kastberg, who also happens to the be Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Bradley University.

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People are People: But More Importantly, People are OUR People

Posted by Glenn Edwards on May 26, 2021 11:48:03 AM

People are an organization’s most valuable, variable, and rewarding resource for managers in any business. Developing this resource in a positive workplace environment to create a culture of excellence is not magic, but... when it clicks, it is magical, and the rewards can be majestic. OUR people, OUR Team.

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