Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.
They say opposites attract. While my husband and I have many important things in common, we are complete opposites in one area. He’s a “risk taker,” and me … well, not so much. Rather than being labeled as “risk adverse,” I prefer the term “caution giver.”
The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public-private partnership with a national network of thousands of trusted business advisors, manufacturing experts, and partners who support one another in discovering and leveraging services and programs for manufacturers. Each quarter, MEP Centers, which are located in every state within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, submit success stories of what they have accomplished working with manufacturers in that state. You can find these success stories archived on the MEP website.
On Manufacturing Day, with the World Series approaching, we started talking about what baseball would be like without manufacturing. And while the series is almost over (and a 68-year or 108-year curse about to be broken!), we’re still talking about it today. So we thought it would be interesting to consider baseball without manufacturing. You mean you haven’t? For starters, it would be stark: people would be standing in a field with not much to do or even wear. There’s not much to the American pastime without manufacturing…another thing that makes America great.
Countless organizations like MEP Centers and their community partners have been planning this day for months – if not the entire year. Their collective efforts have produced close to 3,000 events for hundreds of thousands of people to see what’s inside manufacturing facilities during this fifth annual celebration. Recognizing the contributions manufacturing offers the Nation, the President has proclaimed today National Manufacturing Day.
Servant leadership is more than an idea or concept. When blended into the culture of an organization, it is a way of life throughout the organization. It transcends into the way you do business and it creates a rich blend of collaboration and partnership well beyond the basic client/customer relationship.
It was during my first week in America, when I asked someone where the nearest garage (gas station) was; I went to Subway and asked for biscuits instead of cookies; I asked my barber to trim my sideboards (sideburns); I placed my first trunk call (long distance call), and I purchased my first Polo jumper (sweater).
Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews addressed the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Conference about the success of this national public-private partnership in catalyzing U.S. manufacturing and evolving to better support manufacturers. The Deputy Secretary referenced his own experience at Ford to speak about the recovery in American manufacturing since the financial crisis, and particularly the recent successes of the auto industry.