Category: Manufacturing

Five Reasons Lean Won’t Work For Your Company

There are a multitude of excellent reasons for manufacturers to implement lean production practices, and business leaders are often enticed to go down the path of continuous improvement. However, that doesn’t mean that lean manufacturing will work in every company. It can have huge benefits, but you need to have the right mindset. In my… Read more »

Build A Process To Convert Prospects Into Customers – And Include LinkedIn

How to turn prospects into customers in an effective way: it’s been the holy grail of sales since the first business opened its doors. Let’s say you have a list of email addresses, for example. It’s tempting to simply send out an email blast. However, email blasts need support to be effective. It’s never as… Read more »

Understanding Rebranding

One of the toughest challenges companies face is rebranding. Leaders ask “should we change our name, or shouldn’t we? If so, why? If not, why not?” These are hard questions to answer. It’s not arithmetic so there is usually more than one right answer. Fortunately, we’ve helped companies navigate this process and learned a few… Read more »

Mission Statements And The Blues Bros

Don’t ask me why, but every time I hear someone say, “mission statement,” my mind flashes back to Dan Aykroyd’s character in the film The Blues Brothers. If you’ve seen it recently (or have a really good memory), Elwood tells people “We are on a mission from God.” While he’s pretty convincing, my gut tells me… Read more »

Can’t Find Employees? Discover 3D Printing.

It is well-known that there is a worker shortage in manufacturing, and I know many CEOs lay awake at night trying to solve the issue of recruiting and retaining talent. As a result, many companies have turned to technology like 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) to address their needs. While this may seem… Read more »

Hindsight And Headwinds

It was a warm evening in the spring of 1992, and the winds were light and variable as we departed Charleston, South Carolina, for our return flight to Clarksville, Tennessee. Our single-engine Cessna aircraft had the fuel tanks topped off, and the weather for the 500-mile trip looked good. With the steady hum of the… Read more »

Modern Targeting Still Needs Human Insights

A few years ago, the promise of big data seemed infinite. Recent privacy meltdowns at Facebook and Google, however, have brought many of those notions crashing back down to earth. Unfortunately, some branding professionals in the world haven’t been keeping up with this new reality, and as a result you have to be careful who… Read more »