Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman


Lessons on coalition building from a business legend

I have followed John Hazen White, Jr., executive chairman of the board and owner of Taco Comfort Solutions, for several years across various media platforms. John’s approach to manufacturing integrates multiple facets of complicated situations into coherent pictures that inspire action.

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Moon landing anniversary recalls the forgotten speed of freedom

The upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing has reignited my childhood fascination with the mission and all the advances necessary to accomplish it.

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Talent wars transforming the economy

For the first time in my life, long-term labor shortages will drive transformation throughout our economy.

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How not to confuse trends and technology

I’m finally back home after another swing through the east. I came back with two critical learnings. First, most people confuse trends and technology, chasing squirrels and becoming fixated with the next new shiny object that grabs their attention.

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Optimism meets reality

Dane County fell into the 100th percentile as one of the most intolerant counties in the country. The news wasn’t any better for Wisconsin as a whole.

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About This Blog

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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