By: Dave Mills, Managing Partner, Columbus
Good news all around in this recent article from Businessweek. The article confirms what my colleagues and I have been seeing since December. Manufacturing is back and it’s better than ever. By better, I mean companies have done major re-visioning during the downturn and emerged far more flexible, productive and competitive, even when compared to overseas options.
What I like most about this article is that the writer recognized something that is central to our philosophy at Definity Partners. The key to success in this “manufacturing renaissance” is employee engagement. Workers who actively contribute to making processes better, are making manufacturing better. They are coming up with ideas that raise the bar on productivity, improve quality and increase customer satisfaction. They are no longer merely showing up for the paycheck. They are taking pride in what they produce. They are more skilled, more dedicated and they get more done. At Definity Partners we call it a Run-Improve Grow Transformation. Front line workers are empowered to make their jobs run smoother, freeing managers to focus on improvements, freeing leaders to focus on growth.
I hope you enjoy the article. Those of you who have been through our Lean Simulation training will enjoy the reference to the teamwork task involving LEGO vehicles. If you would like to see a video that shows employee engagement at work, click here for a video about our client Bilstein. The Hamilton, Ohio plant’s Transformation Eagle project is a great example.