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Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of October 16: #Lean, #LeanStartup, and More

Here's the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that presents some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the...Show More Summary

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continued to Expand Strongly in October

"...a five-month high." The post Philly Fed: Manufacturing Continued to Expand Strongly in October appeared first on Shopfloor.

Why We Should All Consider Eric Ries’s “Employee’s Bill of Rights”

As you might know from episode #290 of my podcast with Eric Ries on Monday, his new book was released on Tuesday: The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth. I...Show More Summary

Seizing Opportunities to Address Health Care Taxes, a Leadership Imperative

"The medical device tax and Health Insurance Tax (HIT) will go into effect in 2018 if not fully repealed or delayed." The post Seizing Opportunities to Address Health Care Taxes, a Leadership Imperative appeared first on Shopfloor.

Housing Starts Disappoint Again in September, Partly on Hurricane Impacts

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts fell for the sixth time in the past seven months, down 4.7 percent... The post Housing Starts Disappoint Again in September, Partly on Hurricane Impacts appeared first on Shopfloor.

Adventures in #Lean Healthcare Hiring, Part 2

I recently blogged about a healthcare improvement job posting that had me scratching my head when the interviewing process included an process improvement exercise that specified NOT talking to employees or patients. Today, I'm blogging about another job posting that was sent to me by somebody I know at a children's hospital. Show More Summary

Top 10 Modules a Manufacturing Company should look for in an ERP

Being in the Marketing & Pre-Sales department of a Software Development company, I am, from not so long ago, witnessing a steep rise in the ERP inquiries. Probably because, more and more manufacturers are realizing that automation is the key to survival and success today. To shine through in this unpredictable and ever-changing market conditions, […]

NAHB: Builders Remain Optimistic about Growth in October

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo reported that the Housing Market Index (HMI) increased from 64 in September to 68 in October, its highest level since... The post NAHB: Builders Remain Optimistic about Growth in October appeared first on Shopfloor.

Manufacturing Production Edged Higher in September but Still Exhibits Hurricane-Related Softness

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production edged up 0.1 percent in September, bouncing back ever-so-slightly from declines in each of the past two months. With that said, the data... The post Manufacturing Production Edged Higher in September but Still Exhibits Hurricane-Related Softness appeared first on Shopfloor.

Great Leaders Aren’t Threatened by Their Employees Ideas

This article caught my eye the other day: A celebrity chef who owns 26 restaurants explains why he loves when employees shoot down his ideas I've eaten at a José Andrés tapas restaurant in Las Vegas before. So I was really happy to read...Show More Summary

Approving the Senate’s Budget Resolution is Key to Boosting Manufacturing Workers’ Paychecks

'What does this have to do with manufacturing workers? Everything.' The post Approving the Senate’s Budget Resolution is Key to Boosting Manufacturing Workers’ Paychecks appeared first on Shopfloor.

Tips to Work with Overseas ERP Vendor

In today’s age of technology, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is no rocket science. However, investing in an ERP remains a big decision, predominantly due to the time, cost and other resources involved. It is thus obvious that when you invest a large chunk of your capital in buying an ERP solution, you want it to […]

EPA Issues Directive Protecting Against “Sue and Settle”

This morning, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive designed to end the practice known as “sue and settle.” The Agency-wide directive requires the agency to: Publish any notices of... The post EPA Issues Directive Protecting Against “Sue and Settle” appeared first on Shopfloor.

Regardless of SCOTUS Decision, Manufacturers Need Congress to Act on Electronic Communications

'The Supreme Court’s decision today to review Microsoft’s victory in the Second Circuit is...' The post Regardless of SCOTUS Decision, Manufacturers Need Congress to Act on Electronic Communications appeared first on Shopfloor.

PepsiCo Celebrated Manufacturing Day, But Its Facility In Canton, OH Also Marked A Special Milestone

'Driven nearly 2 million miles without a...' The post PepsiCo Celebrated Manufacturing Day, But Its Facility In Canton, OH Also Marked A Special Milestone appeared first on Shopfloor.

New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded in October at a 3-Year High

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey expanded strongly in October, growing at a three-year high. The composite index of general business conditions jumped from 24.4 in September to 30.2 in October,... The post New York Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded in October at a 3-Year High appeared first on Shopfloor.

Podcast #290 – @EricRies: From #LeanStartup to “The Startup Way”

Joining me again for episode 290 is a three-time guest, Eric Ries. When we first talked, in episode 115 six years ago, his New York Times bestselling book The Lean Startup was being published. In 2012, we discussed the impact of Toyota's Taiichi Ohno on his work, in episode 142. Show More Summary

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of October 9: #Lean, Toyota, and Random Thoughts

Here's the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that presents some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the...Show More Summary

NAM Leadership Goes on Tax Reform Roadshow in Key States

The NAM is all in on tax reform. The legislative framework unveiled by the ‘Big Six’ presents a tremendous opportunity for America’s manufacturers to grow, hire new workers, and increase... The post NAM Leadership Goes on Tax Reform Roadshow in Key States appeared first on Shopfloor.

How Listening to and Respecting “Resistance” Makes You More Effective

The other day, I posted Episode #289 of the podcast, in which Kathleen Sharp and David Schoenwetter made some great points about respecting “push back” or “resistance to change.” I've now posted a PDF summary of the podcast and you can...Show More Summary

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