Volume 16 Number 3 - March 6, 2018


As I write this I'm sitting in Honolulu HI. When you read it, I will be in the Central Pacific Ocean, relaxing, reading, learning, and thinking. My business is not impacted, as my clients and prospects continue to have full access to me. So too my friends and family. I only have one life, and I make sure it's a good one.

If I can, you can too.

How? Realize that you only have one life, not two separate ones. Your family is as important as your coworkers. Both require time and attention and can make your life better in exchange. Value your time as much as you value that of others. Do not fall prey to false deadlines created by others, or even by you. Do not mentally retire, ever. Leave the world a better place than you found it, if only for a few people.

You think your organization shouldn't invest in your ongoing learning because you are nearing retirement? I would disagree but encourage you to invest in yourself. Much of my learning comes from conversations with CEOs, COOs, colleagues and peers around the world. And from accidental conversations that create a spark of intrigue.

Too many operational executives go to work, go home, and repeat. They may take short vacations but rarely truly free their minds and rejuvenate.

Take a sabbatical today. For just 30 minutes. Free yourself to think and to feel. If you're not feeling true joy and the excitement of learning every single day, it's time you start. No one else is stopping you.

Transforming Operations. Transforming Business.®

Let's discuss how Manufacturing Greatness can help you become a better manufacturing operations leader. Additionally, my latest book, Start Smart, Finish Strong: Forging Your Path to Operational Excellence and Long-Term Success in the Manufacturing World is available at Amazon, Kindle, and iBooks.

Attaining Your Strategic Vision Requires Operational Excellence

The Starting Pistol

Yogi Berra:
"We're lost, but we're making good time”

The Tape

Rebecca Morgan:
"Without a destination in mind, speed is irrelevant."

April 23-27, 2018: Hannover Messe, Germany: If you want to learn about Industry 4.0 all in one place, this is the conference for you. Cobots, smart supply, machine learning, AR/VR and much much more. Exposure to global actions and potential will vastly improve your decision making. The rapidly changing ways we produce and learn will change the requirements of leadership. Start the process!

April 23-27, 2018: Oxford, England: We can learn from anyone. This is an opportunity to learn from and with a small group of your peers in a rich experiential environment. Oxford University's Scenarios Program is a 5-day deep dive into strategic scenario planning. Leading your manufacturing company into a very uncertain future with success and confidence requires preparation for unstructured environments. Non-college-credit course with application required.

May 9, 2018: Lincoln, RI: The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will feature Becky Morgan as its keynote speaker at its annual breakfast and meeting. She will be speaking on the the role of technology in future success of manufacturing businesses.

May 8-10, 2018: Raleigh, NC: Industry Week will host its annual conference in North Carolina this year, no doubt reflecting the substantial growth of manufacturing in the SE states. You can count on the high quality content and exhibitors, as always.

Check out the Events page on our website for more information.

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