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Are You the Best Leader You Can Be? (Part 1)

Are You The Best Leader You Can Be

Part 1 – Develop a Model for Your Team How do you grow your leadership abilities? How do you lead your team or  organization? If your library is like mine, you probably have a shelf full of best-sellers like: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, 21 Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell, and Good… Read More

I Love Being Right

I Love Being Right

I love being right… and the importance of creating meaningful culture visuals is one of those times. Being right doesn’t happen as often as I think it should happen but when it does— it feels sweet. Yes, one of my many personality challenges is the internal conviction that when I have an idea, it is probably a good… Read More

A Day in the Life of a Manufacturing Engineer

A Day in the Life

Operators, Operations, & Opportunities There’s a Beatles song called “A Day in the Life” that closes the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. At the end of this song, an E chord is struck and held onto for 45-seconds or so giving the impression that the song never really ends. I love the finality yet continual nature… Read More

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

The Latest ID Label for the Same ID Story Some would say that making a product that looks good is the only duty of an Industrial Designer. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Fundamentally, the role of industrial design (ID), is to grasp the entire design process as it relates to the user and producer of a… Read More

5 Benchmarking Tips

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… Read More

June Offsite 2017

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… Read More

NeoCon 2017

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,… Read More

All I Got for My 5th Anniversary was a Rock

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.… Read More

Effective Prototype Development

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… Read More

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

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… Read More