I have known Nathan professionally for
more than ten years. He has a unique combination of journeyman skills and
advanced education that is extremely rare and valuable.
I completely agree with Nathan’s views
on the exceptional value great reliability can bring to the bottom line. Many
of today’s business leaders don’t fully understand the value that great,
consistent reliability can bring to the success of a business. And they
certainly do not properly value the experience and talent a skilled craftsperson
brings in gaining reliability. Journeyman training programs are being
replaced with abbreviated technical programs to speed employees into the field
where they are unprepared to face some of the complex problems they will be
expected to resolve in their jobs.
we encourage young people to go down this path, which takes real commitment,
hard work, and dedication starts with parents, teachers and businesses.
If the growing gap and deficit in truly skilled reliability leadership
continues as Nathan suggests, there will be a lot of business pain along this
long road. But today’s leaders can get a jump start by supporting the
certified, comprehensive journeyman training programs for their developing
In today’s business world, we see a huge
number of senior executives who have excellent backgrounds in legal,
accounting, financial, etc., but lack a basic understanding and knowledge on
what truly drives high performance in their business. Consultants are
overused as a quick fix, resulting in huge expenses and few lasting improvement
in many cases. Nathan is right in that it is this disconnection between
many senior executives and “the business” that leads to a lack of support for
nurturing and developing strong craft skill sets in the workforce.
I especially liked Nathan’s write-up on
Transformational Leadership—empowering great people to perform and reach their
full potential. They motivate and support their leadership teams, are
positive thinkers, create inspirational vision that drives motivation into
their teams. The opposite, Industrial
Leaders (transactional), are all about position, policy, and
micro-management—the death of great employees.
should recognize the value in skilled craftspeople, and make sure they
understand the connection between hands-on experience, matched with strong
leadership, and the value great reliability brings to a business. I fully agree with many of Nathan’s positions
and see a huge value for leaders and business managers to invest in this
Operating Officer, KGHM
International, a subsidiary of KGHM Polska Miedz
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