Category Archives: Leadership

Apply new technology to old manufacturing


Dr. John Psarouthakis

Executive Editor

My goal IN BETTER MAKES US BEST (see previous article) was to apply new technology to old manufacturing processes, to transform underperforming companies into profitable ventures. Some of the underperforming companies we acquired were in danger of losing supplier status with their customers.

You can provide machinery and technology but if you lack employee commitment the formula won’t work. The buildings, the machines, don’t really do much unless people have the motivation, the desire and the know-how to do a good job. They turn it around. We provide leadership and creative management.

I wrote and published a book, describing the “Better Makes Us Best” philosophy, which was distributed free of cost to all of our employees – over 7,000 people at the time.

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How do we achieve a skilled workforce that is dedicated and committed?


Dr. John Psarouthakis

Executive Editor

How do we achieve a skilled workforce that is dedicated and committed?

That will seek to eliminate inefficiencies.

That will be flexible in the face of rapid product changeovers?

That will be open to new ways of doing things.

That will renew America’s reputation for quality.

I cannot generalize about what everyone should do. But I can tell you about what has worked for me – and showed great promise for the future.

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100 years ago and Today–2

Dr. john Psarouthakis

Executive Editor

 

One hundred years and more ago  most Americans were still living and dying by their muscles. The overwhelming majority used their brawn to extract food from the topsail, or to extract resources from deep in the Earth, or – in increasing numbers – to hammer raw materials into some kind of usable product.

At the same time, business was also a creature of muscle. Building a railroad was not a subtle enterprise. Clear-cutting a million acres of trees was not a subtle enterprise. Pulling all the iron or gold or oil out of a particular region was not a subtle enterprise. Though I might add that even then a good engineer came in handy. I’ll let you guess what discipline I was educated in.

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