Manufacturer podcast – What does leadership look like – Manufacturer

The editorial team is back for Episode 4 of The Manufacturer Podcast’s Leadership Series. How should leadership be implemented when dealing with challenges around people, sustainability and operational efficiency?

In this episode, we welcome the podcast company Accenture. With Neil McTevinAnd the Industry and Leading Industry Transformation X Accenture Managing Director, Sarah Dana, Head of Information Programs Northern Europe and META at Rockwell Automation discuss what leadership looks like in the context of Industry X. You may remember from our previous series, Industry X is the integrated approach to digital transformation, which It uses the combined power of data and digital to reimagine product engineering and manufacturing.

Our editorial team also briefly reviewed some of the articles in the September issue of Manufacturer’s Magazine.

There’s all this and more in today’s episode


Neil McTiffin talks about how leaders should keep people focused on implementing technology

There are a lot of challenges here. As a leader, you are trying to move your organization forward in a world that is becoming ever-changing. Many of us suffer from a global talent shortage in capabilities related to next-generation technologies.

This has been exacerbated by the general lack of skills we see in operations. Many people are looking for a mixed work culture, which does not always play well in processes and digitization of processes.

What we’re seeing is companies automating areas of facilities with robots to augment the places where people are normally located. This reduces the risk of presentation, they can work 24/7, they don’t take breaks and there are no challenges in terms of illness and disease. But of course, by automating and implementing bots, you then need a new set of skills in your employees, the demand for those skills is very high, and the supply capabilities are very low.

The most aggressive organizations have a strategy to move into the lights out facilities and almost completely wipe out the people. As technology becomes more available, powerful, and cost-effective, leaders will have to continue to re-evaluate their workforce in the digital age. I think the question you have to ask yourself as a leader is, do you have the right talent on your team to deliver those digital transformations? If not, how will you acquire this talent? Who will you cooperate with to achieve this?

Sarah Dana on Leaders’ Responsibility for Sustainability

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Sustainability is no longer a buzzword for pleasing shareholders. Businesses recognize value because it enhances efficiency – there are a lot of business benefits that come with sustainability.

This has been taken seriously and leaders are in fact leading suppliers to share more urgency to address sustainability challenges. If you look at investors nowadays, 80% of them said ESG was an important factor in making their investment decisions. 50% of them are willing to actually abandon companies that have not taken sufficient action on ESG issues.

We have a flood of data – large amounts are coming from assets digitizing operational data. This can actually support sustainability efforts, by making data work twice as hard to make better decisions. This is the topic (sustainability) at the center of people’s attention and its implementation is the responsibility of leaders.

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