Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman


Betting against the house, only worse!

Most business leaders are more conservative than me. The best ones run tight ships and limit unreasonable risk in their operations. They make careful, incremental investments, and there’s always a “Plan B” should any of their initiatives come up short.

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New year means it's time to get back to work

Change is afoot and we need to be ready. We face three major issues — the body gap, an exponential change rate, and alignment around pragmatic actions. How we respond to these challenges will determine our destiny.

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Midterm election over, it's time for Wisconsin to get to work

I think we’re all happy the election is finally over. Hopefully, all of the rhetoric and animosity is behind us and we can focus on the future.

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Strong job growth scares me

Strong job numbers came out again this month, with the U.S. economy adding over 200,000 new positions. Most hail this as great news for all concerned, but I’m not so sure.

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Remembering our veterans during manufacturing month

It’s Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. Manufacturing built our state and manufacturing still drives our economy — and will into the foreseeable future.

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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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