There is an urgent need for North American manufacturing leadership to keep pace with the rapid changes in competition, economics and technology to compete in the global marketplace, says Laurie Harbour, president of and CEO of Harbour Results, and manufacturing’s future lies in the hands of today’s and tomorrow’s industry leaders.
“We are at an inflection point where today’s leaders need to transition to the next generation of leaders – and, yes, we know this is easier said than done. We have visited many manufacturers that are struggling to create a succession plan and/or find the right people to trust with the future of their business,” Harbour explains.
Harbour says it was this need for a transition and leadership transformation to invigorate the manufacturing industry that prompted her and COO Scott Walton to write a new book titled Tradition Meets Transformation: Leadership Strategies to Revitalize Manufacturing.
“We intentionally wrote it to share our hard-won insights, knowledge and experience with the next generation of leaders. We want to attract new talent to the industry – talent with new capabilities, drive, and technological expertise to encourage growth and sustainable performance,” Harbour says.
She adds that the book walks manufacturing leaders through the Improvement Process Wheel, sharing best practices, examples and stories to help current and future leaders drive business success.
“Starting with uncovering the possibilities of your business and transitioning through operations, labor, sales and technology, the book touches on every aspect of business. Additionally, we share insights on leadership transformation and shifting the manufacturing mindset to embrace the ever-changing economy, world and business environment,” she says.
Our intention in sharing this with you is not to sell books – though we have included a link at the end of the article to preorder the book – but to encourage and inspire you to take time to reflect on your business.
As 2024 kicks off, Harbour asks manufacturing leaders to ask themselves what can be done today to impact tomorrow. Where are the gaps within your organization and what steps need to be taken to improve?
“There is no room for complacency for manufacturers because instability and business challenges are now the norm,” she emphasizes.
Tradition Meets Transformation: Leadership Strategies to Revitalize Manufacturing will be available on January 30, 2024 (print, digital and audio). Use this link if you are interested in pre-ordering a copy of the book today.