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Addressing the Workforce Shortage

Posted by Mark Volesky on Jun 13, 2018 10:24:00 AM

Although the workforce shortage ranks quite high nationally, it is, I believe, the number one issue constraining the growth of North Dakota businesses, especially in the manufacturing arena, based on on-going interviews within that segment of our economy.  We hear all of the speculations and assumed root causes, such as, it is difficult to attract talent because of our winters, etc.  Whatever the reason, no one has come up with the secret sauce that will fill the thousands of job openings that exist right now.  Perhaps a novel approach to at least partially, and probably significantly, resolve this issue is to take a hard look at the jobs listings themselves.

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Topics: Innovation, People: Leadership & People Development, Performance: Growth & Innovation

Preparing for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Posted by Mark Volesky on Apr 2, 2018 11:24:00 AM

As Heraclitus said, change is the only thing constant in life.  In the context of manufacturing it seems that there is almost a prescribed course—a road map with regularly spaced forks, one always leading to growth and prosperity, the other to, well, you’re still here so your decisions have taken your company down the right roads, so far. Read More

Topics: Innovation

The Word is Out: New Institutes Build Innovation in Manufacturing

Posted by Linda Liebert-Hall on May 1, 2015 12:14:21 PM

Manufacturing is vital to our U.S. economy.  However, the word ‘manufacturing’ sometimes isn’t enough to catch the general public’s eye, which is why innovation has become the new buzzword for our industry.

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Topics: Innovation

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