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Mar 22, 201811:20 AMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Linear people, exponential change

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Lifelong learning forms the cornerstone to all these efforts. Change will never be this slow again as we head up the steep side of the exponential curve. Speed requires all of us to adjust and sharpen our own skills. Relevant skills — strengthened by current knowledge — are needed to drive all three roles within effective teams.

Embracing lifelong learning and harnessing exponential change can be a blast; however, it does require stepping confidently into uncertainty. To make this easier, commit to learning what you can and give yourself permission not to know everything. It’s a wonderful time to learn because information has never been so widely available. We’re starting a great adventure — discovering new technologies and techniques that will transform the world.

As usual, Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing base plays a critical role in this ongoing transformation.  More than two-thirds of R&D spending comes from manufacturing companies. Manufacturing also provides unique platforms and situations to bring technology out of the lab and into the real world. This opportunity to drive transformation makes it a great time to be in Wisconsin manufacturing.

And it’s a great time for you! Jump in! Become a lifelong learner, fill a role, and make a difference! It will be a terrific adventure!

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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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