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Making Work Meaningful

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Design Leaders Consortium

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

We Can Do It – Bridging the Manufacturing-Labor Gap

On March 7, I had the pleasure of presenting at PivotPoint, a thought-leadership event designed for the manufacturing and industrial community in southwest Michigan. My topic centered around the biggest challenge facing many manufactures today: how to fill skilled-labor jobs. One solution that delivers proven results is to harness the potential of experience workers using TWI and Kata... Read More

Hiring for Year One (Part 2)

In part one of this series we described the need to shift the recruiting mindset from a hit-the-ground-running approach to a hiring-for-year-one strategy in order to better meet the challenges of today’s competitive hiring environment. In this entry, we will discuss how proactive recruiting and performance planning expands your talent pool and results in greater success. If you... Read More

4 Keys to Accelerate Your Speed to Market

4 Key Ways to Stay Ahead “Only the paranoid survive,” he spoke softly while everyone listened intently. Jerry was known in the company for pulling off miracle product launches and releasing game-changing products. While nervous laughter made its way around the room, Jerry’s face remained serious. He used the quote, originally said by Andy Grove of Intel, as a... Read More

Discovering Your Design Community

  “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” - John Donne Imagine you are a designer who was marooned on a desert island for the last ten years. You are finally rescued this year and brought back to society. Because of the decade-long disconnect, you return to the mainland and are completely surprised... Read More