Manufacturing High Performance
This article on Manufacturing High Performance first appeared on Wards Auto
President Obama is committed to a high-performance manufacturing sector, investing in American workers and improving America’s ability to compete. In his 2015 State of the Union address the president said,
“To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road we have to do more to Americans upgrade their skills. America thrived in the 20th Century because we made high school free, sent a generation of GIs to college, trained the best workforce in the world. We were ahead of the curve. But other countries caught on. And in the 21st Century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to up our game. We need to do more.”
The Ready to Work Initiative is a great start for investing in America’s manufacturing and innovation. You could say we are Manufacturing High Performance.
The initiative amounts to $450 million in TAACCCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) grants to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. Every one of those grantees are partnering with employers within growing industries to train workers for middle-class jobs that will help make sure we stay economically competitive into the 21st century. The lion’s share has gone to manufacturing jobs.
The Administration’s overarching goal however is much larger. Obama wants to “create a culture of excellence, build world-class management teams, and close skill gaps” nationally.
We should take note. Ensuring people who want to work have the opportunity for training and skill upgrade is a start but the overarching objective for the auto industry must be larger than just hiring workers.
Automotive industry leaders face unprecedented complexity, rapid change, hyper competition and continuously shifting dynamics. You don’t have to be a futurist to predict these challenges will only increase in abundance and complexity going forward.
To address even the current auto industry demands of differentiation, shifting from a vehicle focus to a customer focus and meeting the innovation demands of “infotainment” we will need everyone contributing to a high-performance culture of quality and care. The new workers with jobs must be transformed to team members with careers.
This is a white-hot opportunity to start engineering a high-performance culture—executives delivering on the promise of mission, managers creating a climate of innovation and front line workers delivering quality workmanship.
When everyone is driving the same direction you are manufacturing high performance.
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