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Leading with Lean, Supply Chain Snags and Labor Unrest: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

Jan. 13, 2023
Welcome to our first IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads for the year 2023.

Welcome to our first IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads for the year 2023. Lean manufacturing attracted significant attention from our IW manufacturing community over the past seven days, followed by supply chain snags, technology leadership and labor unrest at CNH. 

If you're not caught up on this content and more at IW, we invite you to take a few minutes and see what you've missed. To make your review easier, we've compiled the Top 10 most read items from the week, plus some editor's choices, into the following list. Enjoy. 

‘Where Are the Big Wins?’ How I Got Fired as a Lean Consultant: Too many senior leaders don't want to reflect on their own behaviors, and how those behaviors hurt the organization.

The Lean Principle That Deserves More Respect: On many continuous improvement journeys, leaders’ understanding of ‘Respect for People’ is superficial.

Supply Chain Snags or Full Speed Ahead? What Logistics Looks Like in 2023: Shipping expert Lauren Pittelli shares her advice to manufacturers for keeping those components coming in and finished goods moving.

Technology Leader of the Year: The U.S. Semiconductor Industry: Supply chain shortages of computer chips dominated manufacturing news in 2022. Billions of dollars pledged later, don't expect immediate relief.

Update: CNHI Strikers Reject Final Offer: Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement Department, in a statement said the striking members are seeking dignified retirement, fair work rules and “a decent living.”

A Talent Shortage Is the Perfect Time to Invest in Your Existing Team: With competition for talent fierce in the New England biotech industry, medical device manufacturer KMC Systems tried a different approach.

Latest Reports Show Manufacturing Jobs Overall Stable Despite Persistent Churn: Manufacturing added a net 8,000 jobs last month, but with serious discrepancies between hiring in durable and nondurable goods industries.

Stellantis Secures Manganese Supply Deal for EV Batteries: The auto giant also is making an equity investment in Australia-based Element 25.

What’s Ahead for Digitalization in 2023? Supply chain, sustainability and workforce challenges present uncertainty and opportunity.

NAM Outlook Survey: Manufacturers to Invest, Despite Recession Worries: “We’re looking to the new Congress and the administration for leadership and to focus on policies that remove barriers to manufacturing growth in the United States and fend off a severe downturn,” said NAM CEO Jay Timmons.

Editor's Choice

Updated 2023 Economic Outlooks: 23 Stories Predicting What the New Year Should Bring from 16 Business Publications: IndustryWeek parent company Endeavor Business Media’s many trade publications share industry specific outlooks for the coming year.

Maintaining High-Tech Assets: A Talented Fix: KLN Family Brands, Alloy Precision Technologies and Nissan share the challenges of maintaining sophisticated equipment on the production floor and the tactics they are taking to maintain uptime.

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