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May 18, 201712:27 PMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

The canceled contract

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So what works in this new era of opportunity? Zero in on two words: move and learn. One of my favorite sayings is that even God can’t steer a parked car. Get moving! If you’re in motion, you will see trends in action and more opportunities. That puts you in position to act in the way that’s best for you. Use that motion to build personal momentum, connecting with people and ideas that will drive you to new places. All of this momentum creates energy to accomplish great things in new ways. You want to be in that position.

All of this momentum and energy should encourage you to become a lifelong learner. Leaders in the future will leave their dogma at the door in order to explore how the world changes and evolves. Very few people are able to experience the world with an open mind and an approach that embraces radical engagement with diverse people from all walks of life. It takes courage to explore new ideas and put them to work in creative ways. Still, that may be the only way to thrive in the hyperconnected world of tomorrow.

The traditional employment contract is dead. Let others mourn its demise. Instead, radically engage the ideas and people that put you on a path to lifetime learning. Use that energy to create the personal momentum that can change the world. Be one of those people who thrive on the excitement of accelerating change and show others how to make the same energy work for them.

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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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