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Jan 10, 201712:20 PMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

An Explorer in an XLR world

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It’s a stark choice for everyone — embrace change and grow, or defend your present position and be left behind. Much of the world falls into that second category. They defend their positions and beliefs and feel a deep need to be right, no matter the cost. As a consequence, they have difficulty accepting the speed of change and the diversity necessary to address it. This approach causes people — and entire organizations — to get stuck in place with no way of moving.

These times demand that we embrace and reconcile different perspectives and search for the truth in order to take advantage of exponentially accelerating, complex change. It’s painful because it involves being wrong — often — in situations where we want to be invincible. That’s growth and a better way to address, enjoy, and thrive in these chaotic times.

I’m not sure I can make the Explorer to XLR change, but I’m going at it hard and maybe I’ll wind up in the Camaro neighborhood. I’ll actively search for new ideas and perspectives and — unlike the past — let them change my view of the world. By embracing this change and complexity, I intend to find ways to help manufacturers build bright new futures for their organizations.

As for the fast cars, I’ll leave those to Karen!

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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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