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Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Nov 28: #Deming, Lean, Blame, & More

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a better […]

President-Elect Trump Acknowledges Energy Infrastructure Powers Our Lives

  In the latest sign that President-elect Trump remains committed making the investments needed to improve the nation’s infrastructure, this week he signaled his support for the Dakota Access pipeline....

States Skirt Multistate Agreement to Overtax Manufacturers

A lawsuit by Kimberly-Clark Corporation against Minnesota’s taxing authorities is now before the eight Justices of the Supreme Court, who will decide whether to hear the appeal next week. The...

November Jobs Report Shows Challenges Remain for Manufacturers

We have seen a steady stream of good economic numbers in the past few weeks, including today’s jobs numbers. First and foremost, the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, its...

Examples of Corporate Speak Masking Reality in Banking and Healthcare

I get annoyed by corporate euphemisms, such as referring to pe0ple as “resources,” the term “right-sizing” for layoffs, and the type of jargon and babble parodied in the Weird Al song “Mission Statement.” Using unclear language can intentionally mask and hide reality, or sometimes it’s just another form of incompetence. You might know about the recent […]

Manufacturers Call for Action on Ex-Im in Lame Duck

NAM Tells Congress to Put Politics Aside and Restore Bank to Full Functionality National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement calling on Congress...

IRS Hearing Day on Family-Owned Business Estate Tax Regs

Family-owned businesses and their advocates are watching closely the hearing happening today at the IRS on the so-called “minority valuation proposed regulations.” These proposed regulations, released in August, would alter...

Manufacturing Construction Activity Remained Cautious in October

The Census Bureau said that private manufacturing construction spending remained cautious in October, pulling back for the second straight month. The value of construction put in place in the sector...

ISM: Manufacturing Production in November Expanded at Fastest Clip since July 2015

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rebounded once again in November, growing at a five-month high. The composite index rose from 51.9 in October to...

NAM Supports New Administration’s Infrastructure Promise in Building to Win

On his list of Putting America First, President-Elect Trump has prioritized rebuilding America’s infrastructure.  From roads and bridges to pipelines and ports, America has an opportunity to come together to...

#TBT: A Year of KaiNexus Webinars, January through June, on Various Lean Topics

One of the things I do for KaiNexus is produce and host our monthly free webinar series. You can view all of the recordings from the past few years via our on-demand library. They are also available via YouTube and this playlist. As we enter the last month of the year, I thought I’d look […]

Timmons Calls on Mnuchin, Trump to “Make Our Economy Work Better for Everyone”

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the nomination of Steve Mnuchin as treasury secretary: “Manufacturers welcome the nomination of Steve Mnuchin as...

Timmons: Wilbur Ross Will Bring Unique Understanding of Manufacturing to Commerce

Former NAM Member Knows Challenges Manufacturers Face National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the nomination of Wilbur Ross to serve as...

Personal Income Grew at Fastest Pace in 6 Months in October

The Bureau of Economic Analysis said that personal incomes rose 0.6 percent in October, its fastest monthly pace of growth since April. On a year-over-year basis, personal incomes have increased...

ADP: Private Sector Employment Rebounded in November, but Manufacturing Continued to Lag

ADP said that manufacturing employment growth remained weak in November, with hiring in the sector down in nine of the 11 months so far this year. In November, there were...

Human Nature Around Incentives & Rewards… Even in North Korea?

Dr. W. Edwards Deming used to warn against replacing intrinsic motivation with extrinsic rewards and incentives. Brian Joiner (author of Fourth Generation Management), who worked with Deming, warned that setting targets and quotas can lead to three things: improving the system, distorting the system, or distorting the numbers. It’s often easier to distort the system […]

Timmons: Elaine Chao a Proven Leader, Will Help Revitalize Nation’s Infrastructure

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the nomination of Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation: “Elaine Chao is a friend and...

Impeding the development of life-saving products is what’s really “dangerous”

If you’re following debates in the Senate, you may have heard Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others refer to one important piece of pending legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, as...

Free Webinar Wednesday: How a Hospital Spreads Continuous Improvement with @KaiNexus

On Wednesday at 1 pm ET, I’m hosting another free webinar in our KaiNexus Webinar series. The presenter will be Tania Lyon, Director, Organizational Performance Improvement at St. Clair Hospital in Pennsylvania. The webinar is titled: When Post-Its Didn’t Cut it Anymore: How a Hospital Adopted KaiNexus In this webinar, you will learn: The preconditions […]

Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Rose to Its Highest Level since July 2007

Consumer confidence soared in November to its highest level since July 2007, according to the Conference Board, bouncing back from a pre-election lull in the October report. The Consumer Confidence...

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