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Nov 3, 201611:47 AMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Our next challenge: the body gap

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Only disruptive change and innovation across the three Ts will generate transformation. Our organizations face a critical decision: disrupt or be disrupted. It’s much easier to stay on the slow-and-steady path and live with the status quo and incremental change. After all, it’s worked in the past, right? The difference now is that there are companies in every industry exploring new ways to engage customers in order to upset entire markets. Accelerating technological change enables more and more upstart companies to challenge incumbents. Are you willing to bet your future that another Uber won’t disrupt your industry?

Fortunately, great Wisconsin resources and alliances are available to transform organizations. The expertise and dedication these people bring to complex situations lowers the risk of transformational change. If you’re looking to start this journey, be sure you pick a partner that can demonstrate impact and who shows a willingness to find the best resources — even (especially) if it means someone else benefits. Effective change pathways are well developed, but require a leap of faith in order to move forward. That faith and the right partners will lead to transformation.

I’m optimistic about our future and the changes we can make together. Wisconsinites enjoy challenges and working together to build a brighter tomorrow. We did a great job addressing the skills gap and serve as a shining example to the rest of the country. That’s a terrific warm-up for tackling the body gap. We will certainly succeed once again. We have the will, the expertise, and the alliances necessary to keep our part of the world in the forefront of manufacturing.

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Nov 3, 2016 04:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

There were fewer births in 45 Wisconsin counties I n2015 than in 2000- in 11 of those counties the drop was over 100 births a year- among the big drops were Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington Jefferson, and Dodge counties- this is not a north woods problem. Of the gains only 7 were over a 75 birth increase the rest were often pretty minimal. Dane was the outlier with the highest increase at 622 births. Most of the growth areas are near UW campuses. The state will need to attract workers from other states- that will involve a major cultural and political shift for the state- speaking as someone who moved here and invested in the state 25 years ago and is leaving because my daughter does not want to come back, We are in the beginning of a major shortage of workers and the business community needs to be looking at strategies that address some of the needs of the workforce. The message created by a handful of wealthy political donors across the state needs to be countered with a more practical business voice.

Nov 4, 2016 12:46 pm
 Posted by  P. Buckley

Recruiting is one way to address this issue; however, two trends work against its success. First, northern states have been losing population to southern states since the invention of air conditioning. We would be bucking a long-term trend. Second, the Body Gap is an issue across the U.S. -- and also every developed country in the world. People will be at a premium everywhere. Will we be able to recruit them to Wisconsin? Perhaps. Still, I'm not sure I would base my business' success on that happening.

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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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