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Rapid Pace of Change

Back in the 7th grade, my fellow classmates and I were faced with one of our first educational choices: Home Economics, Woodshop, or the often-overlooked and relatively new elective called Drafting.  Only a few of us chose learning how to create circles, angles and lines to form multiview drawings. I remember shopping at a local office supply store for an engineer’s scale, various odd-numbered pencil leads (there are more options than a #2), a special eraser, bow compass and a host of other instruments that looked technical and important. On the first day of Drafting, I carried in a shoe…

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Becoming a Team of Teams

Business environments are in the middle of a revolution.  Nearly every industry is being impacted by the same factors but few of us are adapting to these changes.  What are these factors? Rapid Pace of Change:  Change is occurring more rapidly than at any time in history due to many factors, including the speed of information and “improved” communications through technology. When I was born in 1974, computers were behemoths in laboratories and cell phones and the Internet were only seen in science fiction movies. By 1994, these inventions had become “personal”, and were altering consumers’ lives, disrupting governments, and changing…

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The Connected Factory

A revolution is happening in manufacturing. Here at Bullen, as we become part of the revolution that is “Industry 4.0”, “Factory of the Future” or “Connected Factory”, there are days our team members feel like kids in a candy store. There are other days, of course, where the candy appears to be stationed at the top of Mount Doom. The growing pains of becoming a connected factory are real, but in the process we are learning a lot about the benefits of and strategies for a small but global company joining the digital age of manufacturing and machining. Bullen provides…

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The Purpose of Business

What is the purpose of a business?  During my MBA studies at the University of Dayton, the correct answer to this question was “to increase shareholder value.”  A business does have a primary purpose of generating sustained profits and thus increasing shareholder value but, I also happen to believe that a business can make a much larger impact than just simply financial returns.  I believe that business can have a higher calling.  I think businesses can change the world, literally. The primary question we should ask ourselves as business owners and leaders is this:  “Would the world be any different…

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