We take in a great deal of information in the manufacturing world. From raw materials to market fluctuations, politics and global supply and demand, we have to factor it all in. It can be easy to get information overload when it comes to making key decisions about the factory floor or manufacturing strategies to implement. In the end, however, no decision can be the worst decision to make. So how can you pull the trigger? Here are some key strategies for making big manufacturing decisions.
First, commit to the prep work. Good results come from lots of in-depth preparation and research on everything from your supply chain to the performance of the equipment on your factory floor. After achieving a certain level of competence, many factories then tend to plateau. Continuous preparation enables good leaders to make effective decisions in a timely fashion. Speaking of leaders…
Be a leader, not a manager. Managers take care of daily issues. Leaders take the long view ahead and make critical decisions that enable the next round of performance. Much research actually indicates that the results of decisions are less important in leadership than the ability to make decisions in the first place, and bosses who have a reputation for deciding things and acting upon the decision fair more favorably than bosses who are more personable but rarely make a real decision.
Work with other experts and decision-makers. The manufacturing world is full of examples where going against the perceived status quo made a big difference. Komax is full of case studies in this regard. Whether the issue is one of space, vibration or noise concerns, quality mixing, lowering energy consumption while actually improving efficiency, Komax has a wealth of experience helping manufacturing leaders make key decisions that ultimately turn around entire industries.
In today’s economy, with its digital advances and fast-paced environment, you must decide to win in order to remain competitive. Having a reputation as an indecisive boss is a sure-fire way to lose credibility with employers and clients. How can Komax help you come up with solutions to your next big project?