8 JULY / AUGUST 2022 Wiring Harness News INDUSTRIAL INFO-TAINMENT
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Top 10 Tips : Successful Manufacturers Get Things Done
By Paul Hogendoorn ___________________________
’ m continuing the Top 10 Tips gleaned from successful companies and leaders that I ’ ve worked with over my 40-year career . Although the two Tips shared in this column ( Tip 8 & 9 ) are very similar and intricately related , they are also critically distinct .
The first tip comes from something someone said to me many years ago in a non-manufacturing context , but it is something I have observed plenty of times in successful manufacturing operations . It was said by a colleague on a church board many years ago , as the two of us were assigned yet another task ( on our already compressed personal schedules ). He said : “ if you want to get something important done , then ask a busy person .”
Here ’ s why that ’ s a great tip . Truly busy people in manufacturing have a knack for getting things done – that ’ s why they ’ re busy people . They are not looking to put new things on their list but instead are trying to
find the quickest way to get an item off their list . Yes , there are people in manufacturing ( like everywhere in our society ) that know how to make themselves busy or keep themselves busy , but successful company leaders innately know the difference between routinely busy people and truly busy people that get things done . How do I know this is true ? Easy . A task that is critical and really needs
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