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AME’s AME Cleveland 2023 Conference is less than two months away. With the date fast approaching, I find it difficult to contain my excitement. In one unforgettable week, we will explore world-class keynote speakers, sessions, workshops, tours and networking opportunities. This year’s theme is “Reimagining... More
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Labor Day is an incredibly important holiday to honor workers – all those dedicated to hard work and accomplishing their dreams. In the past few years, workers across the globe have shown incredible resilience, dedication and innovation as they learned to navigate a new world. Whether in the front... More
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It is hard to believe that we are a little over nine weeks away from gathering in Cleveland, Ohio for the 39th annual AME International Conference: AME Cleveland 2023. I am so excited to see everyone again. I hope you have registered to attend. If you haven’t, why not? Conferences are a great way to... More
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Happy summer! It seems like spring just started, yet some of our children returned to school this week. It is true that time passes quickly. We must celebrate each day because we know, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” Last... More
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One of our home team members shared that she was ecstatic to see her idol, Taylor Swift, in concert last week, as it was her dream and at the top of her bucket list. How awesome is that! This inspired me to ponder my own bucket list items. You know, those dreams that fuel our passion and thrill us. They... More
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Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I find myself reflecting on this as we continue to engage in dialogue about what makes work meaningful. It’s people who, through... More
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"Don't rationalize your way to the land of mediocrity. We cannot be passive – we must act." My friend, Michal Bremer, author of "How to Do a Gemba Walk," shared this phrase with me the other day, and it really resonated both personally and professionally. How many times have we accepted the status... More
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Family has been on my mind a lot lately. Many of you know that a year ago, on July 21, my twin sister, Kathi, passed away unexpectedly. With the anniversary of this event, it feels important to remember how lucky we are to have our friends and loved ones in our lives. Despite how incredibly difficult... More
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The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is pleased to announce that Barbara Clayton has joined the AME home team as director of membership and operations. Clayton is an accomplished professional with a wealth of experience spanning more than 18 years. She has made a lasting impact on lean... More
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Summer always provides additional opportunities to enjoy a delightful book, peruse magazine articles or google topics of interest. Whether relaxing at the beach, outside, or on a plane, we craft a little extra downtime to read under the sun. This week, I read an interesting article about attracting and... More
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I’m always amazed by the amount of talent and expertise we have in our AME community. It seems every day, I hear about another AME subject matter expert publishing a new book or sharing pearls of wisdom on national and international levels. AME’s work brings together the industry’s brightest thought... More
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You’ve never seen a fireworks display like what you’ll see at a U.S. military base. As a child growing up in a military family, we moved quite often. But no matter where we moved, the fireworks remained constant and always magnificent. Every Fourth of July, I find my memories drifting around the... More
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Either this letter will leave you insatiably curious or it will leave you furious, maybe both. My hope, as always, is that it makes you think. When it comes to new technology, I tend to land on the side of curiosity. A career in continuous improvement has shown me that being frustrated by new technology,... More
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I read an incredible article this week in which Gary Hoover, the executive director at the American Business History Center, debunks ten myths surrounding negative perceptions surrounding “profit” in businesses. Thank you to AME St. Louis Consortium facilitator Jonathan Jones for sharing this one!... More
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Of all the federal holidays we celebrate, Memorial Day is one that is both cheerful and somber. While it marks for many of us the unofficial start of summer, Monday is a day of observance, centered on remembering and thanking the countless Americans in uniform who have given their lives for this country.... More
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This week, I spent some time with the Littelfuse team and our AME Champions Club in Mexico. Littelfuse is a global manufacturer of leading technologies in circuit protection, power control and sensing. You might recall that its passenger car product manufacturing operations in Piedras Negras, Mexico,... More
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AME’s Director of Conferences and Events Desiree Dolecki was recently quoted in Industry Magazine in an article titled “The Future is Hybrid-ish” as sharing “there is no one size fits all approach.” The fully integrated hybrid model is not the predominant model—it simply is an ever-revolving... More
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Many of you have read, engaged with and shared your #whyAME stories. It is exciting and humbling to hear how AME has touched all of us personally and professionally. At this organization’s core are the people—members, contributors, supporters and friends. Our volunteers, in particular, make AME unique.... More
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The other day, I heard something that challenged me, and my initial reaction was to ignore it. You know what they say about choosing battles. Then someone shared this phrase in a meeting later that day completely unrelated to what I had observed earlier: “The standard you walk past is the standard... More
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People are always telling us to slow down, practice self-care and take time for ourselves. Yet at the same time, we’re encouraged to work harder, engage longer and consume more. So, which is it? I received a newsletter from a friend this week entitled “Crazy busy,” and it resonated with me. In... More
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I can’t tell you how often I use the phrase, “We are like the shoemaker with the bad shoes.” It’s easy to tell people how to do things or how things should be. It’s much harder to live the change you want to see, though it shouldn’t be. How many times have we talked about having standard... More
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I know Valentine’s Day, with its trademark heart-shaped chocolates and bright red roses, is traditionally reserved for romance. I’d like to reframe the narrative. What if we all took the time to show a little extra love to those other people in our life—our coworkers, suppliers, customers, friends... More
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In one of my recent letters, I stressed the importance of goal setting. I have to remind myself at times: If I don’t set a goal, how will I know if I accomplish what we need? Without a goal, how can I celebrate when we meet objectives along the way? When we set milestones for ourselves, we enjoy the... More
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It was a sunny afternoon in May of 2020, and I was running a staff meeting on Zoom with my team. I had just become CEO in January, and all of my plans were scrambled. Between the pandemic, supply chain breakdowns and preparing to move our largest in-person event to an all-new virtual format, it seemed... More
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Many years ago, I worked for an individual who liked to say, “Hope is not a plan." If anyone, including me, said they “hoped (fill in the blank)," he would remind us of this. For years this has stuck with me. It's sage advice. But if my career has taught me anything, it's this: While hope may not... More
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January is a time when we usually cycle between feeling invigorated, hopeful and a little bit downtrodden. There’s pressure to ride the momentum of the new year by immediately putting our resolutions into practice. All the while, wintry weather and short days tend to make running out of steam a common... More
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Happy New Year! I hope your winter holiday, no matter how you chose to celebrate, was peaceful and afforded you rest, rejuvenation and time with those you love. My heart goes out to those impacted by the severe winter weather that blew through the U.S. over the past several weeks. Our thoughts are with... More
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For lean professionals, nothing is ever stagnant. Standard, yes, but never stagnant. We are always looking for better, faster, more efficient processes—or, in the case of the last several years, adapting in response to crises. As we rapidly approach the end of 2022 and start to look forward to 2023,... More
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There are so many reasons why this is my favorite time of year; one of them is because it’s in this season of giving when we learn what is most important to people. We are all passionate about something. Whether because you, a friend or a family member were impacted by that something personally or... More
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October was an exciting month for AME. In addition to reconnecting at AME Dallas 2022, we welcomed our 2022-2023 AME Board of Directors and Executive Committee. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Marc Braun for his service as he steps down from the role of AME Chair. He and Past Chair Wayne... More
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Today we recognize Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. As we take time to thank those who have and continue to serve, I want to spotlight the significant role that veterans play in the AME community specifically. In every industry represented by AME members, you will find veterans... More
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We have been practicing agility and flexibility forever. However, recent events mandated quicker responses than many of us have experienced in our careers or, frankly, were prepared for. I know I certainly was not. Change can be proactive or reactive. When we practice agility and flexibility proactively,... More

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