Yogi Berra, the great American baseball player and known for his classic double speak, once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” I can honestly say that all of us have known that feeling before.
Approximately 85% of U.S. manufacturers are reactive – waiting for the next sale or big opportunity to come along. The path of not knowing where you are going is not a path to success. You must tell your team, and more importantly yourself, where you want to be in the future – and how you are going to get there. Dr. Edwards Demming advised executives to know 2 things.
1. Where do you want to be 5 years from now?
2. How are you going to get there?
If your organization, whether it be a public institution or private entity, can answer those two questions, your chance of success will be exponentially higher than those who just go forward with no plan… no vision for the future. You’ll end up someplace else. A place, most likely, you don’t want to be.
We at MEP are challenging ourselves to do the same… set a goal for the future and devise a path to get there. Sure, there will be challenges along the way and we may need to shift courses, but the vision to help U.S. manufacturers accelerate innovation and increase competitiveness remains on target. Our mission is to work with manufacturers in their pursuit to become the most competitive companies in the world.
We know where we want to be in 5 years. We also have a pretty good idea on the path forward. This blog – Manufacturing Innovation – is an important part of that journey. It serves as a virtual community to share ideas and expertise that lead to the ultimate vision – competitive U.S manufacturing. We don’t want to be on this journey alone and invite everyone to share their thoughts and insights on what it will take for the United States to remain a global leader in manufacturing and innovation.
Your participation in this blog is a signal that you are ready to help America’s manufacturers chart the path to success.