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Feb 22, 201811:27 AMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

That old broken record sound

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Most companies will need to go even further. Their success will depend on their ability to transform themselves. They will need that employer-of-choice culture and fully engaged employees — and so much more! These companies will also constantly explore new technology, clearly understanding which of these technologies can make the biggest impact under what conditions. When those conditions appear, they will implement the technology aggressively and effectively through small, exploratory investments. These investments and experiments find new ways to combine their people and technology in new ways to create true advantage. Leaders in this arena will transform their markets, leapfrogging their competition.

Even the best workforce practices are not enough as the skills gap morphs into a body gap. Many experts sound the siren song that better recruitment and image will carry the day for our companies. That will leave us far short of what we need to thrive. All of us can start by fully engaging our workforce with meaningful challenges and lifelong learning. The best organizations will go further and embrace transformation, making the new rules for competing in a changing marketplace.

It’s an exciting time! Are you ready to blaze new trails?

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Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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