I’m not a CEO, or even a plant manager. But if I were, I’d sure be worried about finding good leaders for my company.
I say that because, according to the recent Productivity Survey from TBM Consulting Group (which I also wrote about in my last post), that’s what manufacturing executives are worried about.
The survey found that more than a third (34 percent) of the 2,288 executives surveyed in the
In addition, 15 percent cited “lack of leadership” as the greatest barrier to productivity improvement, the second most-mentioned factor. The first was “resistance to change,” mentioned by 31 percent. (And how do you overcome resistance to change? Does the term “leadership” come to mind?)
More than one-third also said that the shortage of skilled workers and “people” issues were most likely to “make them lose sleep at night.” Only 17 percent said their insomnia would come from rising energy costs. (The survey was conducted in the first half of this year.)
“The study suggests that the dwindling supply of qualified workers continues to be a big hurdle for manufacturers in highly industrialized countries, and given the extreme challenges of today’s ‘flat earth’ economy, it’s now a major concern for the industry,” Mike Serena, managing director of TBM LeanSigma Institute, said in a news release. “The gap in leadership skills has global manufacturers wondering how to sustain growth.”
It’s ironic, at least in the
The more pressing question is where tomorrow’s leaders will come from. The answer involves training, collaboration between industry and our schools and colleges, and outreach to attract more people into educational programs and jobs.
To those of you who confront these issues on a daily basis, I ask, how bad is it? What are the challenges you face, and how are you coping with them? Your comments are always welcome.