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David Peacock: Managing Growth

Posted by David Peacock on Feb 22, 2017 10:39:00 AM

David Peacock

In many aspects, these are heady days in the material handling industry. Technology is colliding in many areas to create incredible opportunities. Often when this happens, success can appear simple. These conditions can make it easy for many to achieve success in the short term. However, to achieve lasting success as an organization, the ability to balance all aspects of growth is crucial.

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Topics: Manufacturing Industry, Leadership

5 Benefits of Product Management

Posted by Mitch Smith on Jan 5, 2017 4:23:00 PM


121216 5 Benefits of Product Management-01.jpgIn a lean environment, everything is about the customer. Every process and every product should add value. That's where product management comes in.

In the traditional method of business, an engineer may design product technology, a marketing team will research the best way to showcase a product, and business development will connect end users with your business. Product management still utilizes all three roles, but the manager creates a structure and takes responsibility for the overall process. The product manager must be fluent in all three areas to be able to take a product from its beginning stages to the end result.

Here are some benefits of having a product manager on board:

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Topics: Material Handling, Lean Manufacturing, Leadership

David Peacock: The 3 Ways Lean Leadership Continuously Changes the Manufacturing Sector

Posted by David Peacock on Sep 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

David Peacock

On this blog, I’ve discussed trends in manufacturing, in mentoring, in hiring. The overarching theme for each of these topics can be summed up in one word: change. In every industry, in every generation, and in every market, change is the one constant.  Leadership is no different.  While the principles of leadership remain true throughout time, their application is no less impacted by change than any of these other areas previously discussed.

Lean leadership has demonstrated its effective applications of leadership principles in the modern workforce.  The key to its success is its ability to not only adapt to change, but its expectation of and embracing of change. Lean leaders—whether they are formal leaders within the hierarchical structure of an organization or informal leaders addressing challenges in the trenches—are committed to improvements.  These improvements are achieved through change. 

Lean leaders are people at every level of the organization who are leading change in their companies and in the industry in three main ways.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Leadership