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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Are you sure you need to hire “more” salespeople?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 21, 2021 12:05:37 PM

An original article by Mark Allen Roberts, Sales Consultant, Coach, and CEO of OTB Solutions

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Culture is the key to productivity

Posted by IMEC on Sep 17, 2021 4:39:03 PM

Even in the 21st century when automation and digital disruption are all the rage, manufacturing productivity is still a people business. It’s not just about software, management theories, or even logic — people are a hybrid of reason and emotion and managing to optimize productivity and other metrics is as much about how people feel, as it is about what and how they think.

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Hiring Tech-minded Millennials: Are you on board?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 14, 2021 3:35:18 PM

How important is it to bring Millennials into your workforce? Let’s put it this way: Like an unstoppable speeding train, the future is coming up fast. Couple that with the fact that the future belongs to those who adapt advanced manufacturing technologies. Will yours be the company running to catch the train after it has left the station?

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Corporate Social Responsibility – Why Nike and Others Are Re-Using, Recycling and Refurbishing Products for Sale

Posted by IMEC on Aug 16, 2021 2:31:59 PM

Written by Travis Epp and Lise Stewart of EisnerAmper.

Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and its flipside—environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices—stand to be some of the most defining criteria for businesses since the introduction of quality standards. Any business seeking investors, wishing to sell, wanting to attract young and talented team members, or looking to improve its standing in the eyes of customers will need to pay close attention to the array of practices that make up this way of doing business. 

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Is your business for sale without your knowledge?

Posted by IMEC on Aug 10, 2021 2:12:49 PM

Original article, written by Eric Reiger, Founder/President of WEBIT Services, Inc.

Welcome to the next-level threat facing American businesses. The bad guys have organized and they are now selling access to corporate networks they have already breached (without detection) to other groups of bad guys.

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Upskilling for the Move to the Smart Factory

Posted by IMEC on Jul 20, 2021 12:33:47 PM

On the heels of the global pandemic comes yet another challenge for manufacturers to face: The coming of the “smart factory”. The factory that requires you to upskill your workers just to stay afloat and will leave you and your employees behind if you don’t start planning now. Right now.

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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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Maintaining Your Online Privacy

Posted by IMEC on Jun 22, 2021 12:46:48 PM

This is an original article from NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

It might not be the most important subject on your mind when running your business, but online privacy is becoming increasingly important as we move closer to a fully internet-connected world.

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