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Jun 14, 201701:33 PMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Old dogs, new executive leadership tricks

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Can we really teach those old dogs new tricks? The world changes quickly and those changes impact all our lives. For old dogs like me, that change presents a stark choice: Hang on tight and hope for the best or embrace the change and discover new ways to thrive. I believe lifelong learning forms the core of future success by helping leaders understand changes and find new ways to leverage those changes.

Leaders who are also lifelong learners set the stage for others’ success, as well. These leaders make it easier for us to embrace new ideas, engage leading technology, and catalyze transformation that results in lasting success for their organizations. They embrace radical engagement, reaching far and wide to involve unusual people and fresh ideas. All of this creates a new virtuous circle where learning uncovers possibilities and results in engagement, which leads back to new learning. The ongoing cycles makes the people and organizations involved stronger and better equipped to face the future.

Can we teach old dogs new tricks? Geez, I hope so! It provides the opportunity to engage millions of people in new ways — and it means there’s still hope for me!

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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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