5 Benchmarking Tips

Author: Ben Zuiderveen

5 Benchmarking Tips

For Product Design Inspiration Where does an idea come from? Do ideas spring into the mind fully formed? Of course not! Ideas rarely start out beautiful— they need to be collected, nurtured, and built upon. Ideas are inspired (stolen) from something else that we’ve seen, heard, or experienced. Even the man who invented the wheel probably saw a round object… Read More

June Offsite 2017

Author: Joe Sikma

June Offsite 2017

Finding Our Sweet Spot On June 16th, the DISHER team set aside their typical work day to deliberately focus on the fundamentals. Members from every team and every office congregated at the HRM Gateway Center for a company-wide offsite. For seasoned team members, the day wasn’t a surprise. It was the continuation of a biannual tradition and a pause to… Read More

NeoCon 2017

Author: Eric Otto

NeoCon 2017

From An Engineer’s Perspective For any engineer that works in and for the furniture industry, NeoCon is a must see. NeoCon is one of the largest trade shows featuring workplace furniture and the industries that support it such as seating, textiles, technology, and flooring to name just a few. A dozen folks from DISHER took a bus trip, organized by… Read More

All I Got for My 5th Anniversary was a Rock

Author: Kevin Pinner

All I got for my Fifth Anniversary was a Rock

Building a Culture That Thrives™ I just completed five years at DISHER. This milestone was recognized and celebrated at an all-company meeting a few weeks ago where I was given a rock. Yes, you read that correctly. They gave me a ROCK. And you know what? I was thrilled. Why? If you look closely, it tells a story. Do you… Read More

Effective Prototype Development

Author: Martin Hewitt

Effective Prototype Development

Don’t Waste Precious Resources   During the space race of the 1960’s, as the legend goes, NASA engineers encountered a challenge. Astronauts needed to take notes in space but typical ballpoint pens did not function in a Zero-G environment. NASA funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into developing a pen that could write upside-down in space on either side of the… Read More

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Author: Joe Pighetti

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Don’t Settle for Second Best After a design choice has been made, have you ever had the sinking feeling that you inadvertently settled for second best? The process can be frustrating. It always seems to take more time to piece together a complete and total list of boundary conditions and evaluate them properly before making a selection. I’ve often heard… Read More

A Strong Culture Brings Out the Best

Author: Vicki Zylstra

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A Strong Culture Brings Out the Best for the person, company, and customer Many companies are enamored with the word culture yet few fully understand what it is.  Some believe culture is employee volunteerism. Others believe it’s about team meetings and company offsites.  While others think coffee bars, exercise classes, and generous amounts of time-off define culture. The word culture… Read More

DISHER Lunch & Learns

Author: Aimee VandenElzen

DISHER Lunch Learns

The Perfect Way to Connect & Develop Teams How many of you bring your lunch to work, warm it up in the company microwave, and head back to your desk to keep working because you have so much to accomplish? Connecting with colleagues is not a high priority when our calendars are double and triple booked. We use the lunch… Read More

Manage Your Data Intentionally

Author: Zachary Neville

Manage Your Data Intentionally

Manage Your Data Intentionally: Don’t Let It Manage You Many product-related projects begin the same way. All relevant information is gathered and placed into the appropriate Windows folders on the company network. As the team is assembled, tasks are assigned to its members. Each teammate makes their own working folder and starts to plug away making progress rather quickly. Then… Read More

Finding Your Sweet Spot

Finding Your Sweet Spot

A New DISHER Culture Characteristic DISHER’s mission, Make a Positive Difference, has driven our team behaviors creating a culture that was recently ranked 5th in the nation. These core behaviors are spelled out in our 12 Culture Characteristics (CCs), they’re talked about every month, and they’re lived out by our team members. When someone at DISHER says, Two Extra Things… Read More