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Letter to my younger "leader" self

By Doug Harper

Tomorrow I retire so I thought it might be a good exercise to look back at a 37-year career in business and see what advice a much younger me could have benefited from when first starting out.


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‘Change management’ is an oxymoron

By Paul Hogendoorn

As I write this column, I sit quietly in my favourite chair, expecting the phone to ring and announce the arrival of my fifth grandchild. And as I wait and write, I reflect on how life has changed since my first grandchild arrived in my life, somewhat unexpectedly, 12 years ago.


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Making things happen and getting things done

By Paul Hogendoorn

Five years ago, I started a new company with a couple of colleagues. We put a big whiteboard in the office, and across the top of it, we wrote: In a start-up company, everyone has to make things happen or get things done.


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Making sense of Big Data, lloT and Industry 4.0

By Paul Hogendoorn

What is Big Data and why should you care?


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The province of Ontario just announced that minimum wage will be raised to $15 per hour by January 1, 2019, up from the current minimum wage of $11.40. Predictably, the announcement caused instant and intense debate, along equally predictable lines. Since the same arguments get replayed every time without changing anyone’s established opinion, I think it’s a good time to look at things differently, and in particular, how they could (or should) affect manufacturing.


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Is Your Teams Mindset Ready for Change?

By Shawn Casemore

Having two young boys, I’ve witnessed first hand the transition most children go through when it comes to accepting (or rejecting!) change. At a young age, my boys were quite flexible when it came to what they wore, where we went as a family, or what we ate for dinner. As they’ve grown older, this flexibility has started to wane, and I’m told that as the boys progress to teenage years this may only get worse!


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Second Time Around

By Doug Harper

It's not always the case that you get two kicks at the can to see if something works but if it worked well the first time there's probably no reason to think it won't work again. We got that chance and the results are in.


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Why Putting Bums In Seats Just Doesn't Cut It

By Shawn Casemore

Historically manufacturers have found it relatively straight forward to find qualified employees who desire long term employment in manufacturing, however the increasing demand for relevant skills in today's highly competitive global market has shifted meaning that simply focusing on putting bums in seats is no longer an effective strategy.


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What's in Your Company's DNA?

By Paul Hogendoorn

Businesses evolve over time because they have to - because times change. Economic situations change, as does the marketplace and the business environment, not to mention political and societal changes underway as well. These changes may cause us to alter our visions and re-evaluate our values frequently, but what they don’t alter is our DNA. Our DNA is what our companies were born with, and unless they are sold or die, it’s what they take with them into the future. Intentionally or unintentionally, our DNA affects and shows up in every part of our organization's life. So, what 3 or 4 characteristics most define your company's DNA?


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Meet Jim - not your average 'Joe'

By Paul Hogendoorn

We all have folks like Jim in our plants - people with a tremendous wealth of experience and potential, ready to be tapped into. All they need is the chance to learn a few new skills, and after that, who knows how far that momentum will go. All it takes is one person to get it started, one person like Jim. Who is the 'Jim' in your plant?



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