How to Develop New Skills to Improve Your Business in 2018

Getting started on creating your future and the future of your factory

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The world is changing and we need to continually learn new skills to successfully create our future. How fast your organization learns may determine whether you remain relevant and competitive.

Just executing what you know how to do today will not be sufficient to create success tomorrow.

As you think back, the skills and technologies present today did not even exist when we were in engaged in our formal educational years.

Learning new skills requires practice, it’s not enough to learn about new ideas, that just provides us with awareness.

This post is about describing a framework for how you might develop new skills that will improve your business quickly and based on the book, The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kaufman.

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How to Step Away From the Day-to-Day and Focus on Growing Your Business

Spend your time and attention on what matters most

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In this episode, we’ll look at a framework to develop your front line people to fearlessly execute the day-to-day operations and free yourself up to put more time and attention in growing your business.

A lot of the change that’s going to be needed will be with you, the leader, not just your front line of people.


  • Are you concerned with keeping operations running every day?
  • Are the weekly results of your business inconsistent, moving in a sawtooth from good to poor without a clear reason why?
  • Are you missing out on connecting with new and existing customers because you’re wrapped up in day-to-day operations?
  • Do you have a sense that you need to develop new products and services for the future but haven’t found the time to focus on it?
  • How often have you experienced this idea, we have time to rework our products but not to make them right the first time?

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How to Create Mini Habits, Skills, and Progress as a Leader

This post is about a framework to help you create new, mini habits and develop skills based off the book, Mini-Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise.


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Mini Habits

To start with, we’ll explore how to develop mini habits. A mini habit is a very small positive behavior that you can easily do every day.

“A mini habit is too small to fail and nature makes it weightless. It’s deceptively powerful and a superior habit building strategy.” – Stephen Guise from Mini Habits.

“Mini habits are a pretty simple brain trick at the core, but also a life philosophy that values starting, letting action precede motivation and believing that small steps can accumulate into giant leaps forward.” – Stephen Guise from Mini Habits.

To begin implementing this idea, you want to decide on your big goal and then break down that big goal into very small steps. After that, start thinking about how to take at least one of those small goal steps and make it really crazy small, almost absurd.

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How to Build Employee Proficiency and Expertise

A different approach to building employee proficiency and expertise to enhance performance in the workplace.


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Here are some different frameworks that I have found to build employee proficiency and expertise in the workplace that supports performance and practice.

The idea of Performance Support revolves around developing employee proficiency after the fundamental knowledge and skills are provided through the initial training process.

Some Performance Support functions that are being developed:

  1. Job Aids
  2. Peer-to-peer learning
  3. Functional networks
  4. Coaching
  5. Mentoring
  6. Social media tools.

There seem to be more evolving, varied, and flexible approaches to learning and development.

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How to Develop New Skills and Improve Your Business 2018

This post is about how you might develop new skills more quickly.  It's based on The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast by Josh Kaufman.

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Skill Building

In the book, Josh talks about the flip side of the “10,000-hour rule.” The “10,000-hour rule” says that 10,000 hours are necessary to become a premium performer in a particular skill. Well, Josh’s idea is to look at the beginning of learning a new skill.

Most of us probably aren’t prepared yet to become a premium performer, but we can begin to learn new skills by having focused attention on them and devoting at least 20 hours to them.

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How to Develop Employees in the Manufacturing Industry

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If you need ways to develop your manufacturing employees, this post is for you.

Personal Responsibility

Your employees must be able to own their work and take full responsibility for what they do. The work can only be done by them.

You can supply support, guidance, but in the end, the learning work is done by them.

Learning is an act of participation. Physical skills require literally practice. You have to incorporate whatever the skill may be into that and in the context of manufacturing, that means actually doing the work.

They have to physically be able to do the work and in a sense probably develop a rhythm if they’re going to be really good at it.

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Getting It Right: 5 Steps to Creating Valuable Clarity for Yourself and Your Organization

How to set goals and take action on what's most important to you in business and life.


1. Your Big Why

Decide what your big why is… If you haven’t already given serious thought to the purpose of your organization (and really, your own life values and purpose) take the time to at least begin to discern this. This compass will help you decide how to manage the everyday tasks before you.

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6 Steps That Will Jumpstart Your Productivity Cycle and Impact

A Series of Questions for Leaders to develop Clarity, Insight, and Action

This is the Picture we all hope for in our Leadership and Business journey


A wide road and a clear destination.

This is more like what actually happens.


The road is steep and winding and our destination neither clear nor visible.

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Gain Out-Of-The-Box Insight With 5 Powerful Questions

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When you consider your products and processes, there are a series of questions that will help you gain clarity and even stretch your thinking.  Play with the following questions without having pre-conceived notions.

At the very least, you’ll begin to think differently which may help you get to where you eventually want to go.  These questions help you organize your known knowledge and execution ideas, but will take you further into thinking  “How can we approach this very differently?”

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4 Proven Ways to Build and Enjoy Stronger Relationships


  1. Identify the people with whom you want to have a—or a better—relationship with.

Who are the 10 to 15 people that you need to have a really great relationship with if you’re going to accomplish great things in our lives? These may be co-workers, family members, or even people you don’t know at this point.

Be intentional about making time to meet people like this and/or build the relationships you have, bringing them to a deeper level.

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