One Big Reason Your Manufacturing Company Isn’t Growing, Won’t Get Acquired, and Needs a Kick in The Pants
Conflict in the Manufacturing Industry
Human drama affects every organization, even manufacturing that likes to believe that every problem can be solved with a technical solution. Let’s level set our expectations for the sake of the next five minutes you spend reading this post by agreeing on that basic premise.
Has your company missed project deadlines because of conflict between senior leaders?
Has your revenue been pushed down two quarters or more because the proverbial left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing?
Has anyone complained of the company being divided into silos?
Final question, I promise: Do you know exactly how much this is costing your company every year?
The #1 Reason Work/Life Balance is Always Out of Reach
The manufacturing industry is chalk-full of passionate, hard-working, smart groups of people. Within these groups, there typically live two divisions of labor….the production work force and the client-facing sales force. Each group has goals, skills and knowledge and plenty of work-ethic to go around.
Why then does there seem to be a common challenge between these two divisions? Why is unproductive conflict more common than not in manufacturing companies? Afterall, these are good people with good intentions, right?
Acting on Intuition at Work: What makes following that small voice difficult?
In a culture that prizes striving and achievement over family, health and personal sanity, scarcity rules. There is never enough time and you are the least important part of the equation. This often-repeated statement tells the harsh truth, “Everyone can be replaced.”
Women in Leadership
Acting on your intuition requires faith because it might not have any evidence yet to back it up. We live in a world that values numbers, ROI, science, and what can be proven. But there are moments in life when the greatest insight needs none of that evidence to be true.
As I sat across a conference table from a client, it dawned on me that most of her life had been defined by the need to be seen as “nice.” On its surface that sounds like no big deal, but it played out in ways that exhausted her, challenged every relationship at work at and home, and often required her to be dishonest.