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Jul 24, 201812:47 PMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Addressing the challenges facing Wisconsin manufacturers

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I’m incredibly optimistic about our journey despite all this complexity. Wisconsin is in great position to meet the future. Our people routinely turns ideas into reality. We have terrific assets like strong manufacturing, education, economic development, and natural resources. Two transformational organizations — Haribo and Foxconn — will join our ecosystem, bringing new ideas that accelerate change. Finally, a strong spirit of collaboration is building among us, making it easier to make the most of exponential change.

Progress requires focused approaches and genuine openness to new ideas. Our efforts must focus on tangible results, not just activities. They must start with collaborative and cooperative action to identify promising initiatives already in motion. Everyone involved must be open to good ideas and effective compromise. They must accept that there can be multiple approaches to any situation.

Exponential change impacts all of us and will continue to accelerate. Everyone must engage — both as organizations and individuals — in the challenges facing us. Organizations must collaborate with other groups to identify the best solutions and move faster. All of us as individuals must update our own skills to remain relevant in the future. Together we will make Wisconsin even better as we move forward.

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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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