How to Run a User Group

Author: Shawn O’Farrell

How to Run a User Group

That Works Well & FEELs Good I remember the first time I realized my passion for facilitating. Let me set the scene… I was a Manufacturing Engineering student at Kettering University. It was 10:00 pm. The windows were glossy black reflecting the cream-cinder-block walls of the empty class room. A ghosting of chalk was still on the blackboards from a… Read More

How to Build Trusting Relationships 

Author: Martin Hewitt

Trust Me Featured Image

Trust Me, This Is an Interesting Blog Post™  Each month at DISHER, we celebrate one of our twelve culture characteristics. The month of June was dedicated to Trusting Relationships. It became the perfect opportunity for me to share some opinion journalism about the country of Denmark, my recent experience with the Danish transit-fare collection system, and how it relates to… Read More

Equipping Leaders to Make Real Change

Author: Angela Morrill

Equipping Leaders to Make Real Change

The People Side of Change Change. The word usually carries unpleasant connotations for all of us. And to bring about organizational change that involves changing behaviors? This brings about a whole other level of trepidation. According to author Torben Rick, “Changing culture is a bit like changing the course of a large ship – it takes time to maneuver and… Read More

4 Trends in Commercial Design from NeoCon 2018

Author: Colin Jack

NeoCon 2018 - Trends in Commercial Design

NeoCon is the battle-royale of commercial furniture design. It is the only opportunity for a comprehensive look ahead— all of the big-name brands, all under the same tent (or one very large building) for one short week. It’s the epicenter for showcasing design creativity and idea-making for the commercial furniture market. Several folks from DISHER explored NeoCon 2018 to see… Read More

Making Work Meaningful

Author: Maddie Swets

Habitat for Humanity Women's Build

About a year ago, I found myself a new graduate with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a core motivation to help people. I was at a loss as to how to use both my education and internal passion. Fast forward about six months to when I landed my job as a Product Development Engineer at DISHER. It has been so… Read More

The Secret to Attracting Top Talent

Author: Stephanie Hamelmann

The Secret to Attracting Top Talent

The Talent Problem Numbers do not lie. Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be posted. Two million of these jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a skills gap according to the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting. Similar scary numbers can be found across many other industries as well. No matter where you sit in your organization,… Read More

Authentic Motivation

Author: Ryan Noble

Authentic Motivation

How to Bring Purpose, Passion, & Productivity to Any Project I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in several different industries during my ten-years at DISHER. Some of them have been very rewarding while others have been a bit of a bear to get through. To better understand myself and gain more insight on effective… Read More

Design Leaders Consortium

Author: Ben Zuiderveen

Learning Through Community

Learning Through Community This past March, The Michigan Chapter of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA-MI) hosted a design consortium with leaders from Ford Motor Company, Whirlpool, Sunberg-Ferar, Kaleidoscope, Newell Brands, Eureka! Ranch, Shinola, and DISHER. The event was held in the College for Creative Studies – Taubman Center and sponsored by Design Core Detroit, the College for Creative Studies,… Read More

Research Can Redefine Innovation

Author: Alison Shields

Research Can Redefine Innovation

How do organizations effectively innovate to stay ahead of the competition? One significant way is through research, yet surprisingly companies often run ahead and skip this foundational step. Research has the ability to confidently move companies forward into new inventions, industries, and initiatives by translating raw data into strategic decisions. As a researcher at DISHER, I have seen firsthand the… Read More

Automation Is Not the End Goal— but Increased Productivity

Author: Joe Dyer

Automation Is Not the End Goal but Increased Productivity

I am passionate about manufacturing and helping my customers thrive. One pressing concern they all share is how to boost productivity with fewer workers. To stay competitive, they understand that improvements must be made to grow the bottom line. Manufacturing leaders are looking for fresh ideas and new perspectives, but often lack the time and resources to bring about change…. Read More