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Manufacture Your Day by CONSIDERING THE “4 Ps”

 In Manufacture Your Day

Manufacturing Ethics Leadership Training

Happy Friday!

Over the years I have done a lot of work in the automotive industry. I have the highest respect for everyone who works in this fast paced and highly stressful environment.

Many of my clients/readers are currently affected by the General Motors strike. The workforce of these suppliers is forced to take vacation time. Some have even lost their job. It looks like CEO Mary Barra may be one of the most questioned CEOs at the moment. 

If executives don’t think about how their actions affect others, it isn’t called leadership, it’s called mismanagement.

I truly believe that we need a paradigm shift in the manufacturing industry and become more socially responsible. Arrogance, ignorance and greed has taken a tremendous toll on our society, and this leads us in the wrong direction.

Let’s focus for a moment on the “4 Ps”:

Purpose

Everyone who is in business should work for a higher calling and leave the world a little bit better than they found it. What would it be like if we check in with our values before making a decision? Many companies talk about people but when it comes down to it, it is still a numbers game.

Isn’t it the people who produce the numbers?

I invite you to take a look at Karico’s Vision, Mission and Core Values.

People

It is critical to have an economy for and with humans. Even in times of artificial intelligence, I believe nothing can replace the ingenuity and creativity of people. My observations confirm that most companies don’t even get close taping into the full potential of their workforce. Getting the people process right is how we can create the future, and many have already started to learn this the hard way.

Planet

I grew up in Austria and I have a tremendous love for anything that has to do with nature. If you ever get the chance to hike in the Austrian Alps, you will experience very clear and clean water, and a very clean environment. Austria has initiated a ‘Clean Mountains Campaign’ to tackle the problem of Alpine littering, raise awareness on the issue and promote sustainable tourism. In Austria we started in the early 1990s to implement an environmentally sound waste management. Everyone will benefit when organizations prioritize the health of our planet. Planet initiatives bring people closer together and it is inspirational to stand for a good cause.

Profit

Any company has to be profitable to stay in business. Having said this, things have started to change. Traditional financial metrics will no longer determine long-term business success.

Our young generation clearly cares about companies that…

  • attract talent with a clearly defined purpose.
  • have an interesting and positive culture.
  • recognize the importance of looking after our planet.

Food for Thought:

Have you heard about the term “triple bottom line?”

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