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A Leader’s Guide to Manufacturing 4.0

The full report A Leader’s Guide to Manufacturing 4.0 contains 4 strategies, 20 actionable steps, supportive examples, global insights, and more to support businesses in the manufacturing industry to thrive in the new Manufacturing 4.0 era where transformation is the key to success.

STRATEGY #4: Accelerate leaders to M4.0

If the past has taught us anything, it is that the only thing certain about the changing dynamics of the manufacturing industry is the frightening speed with which these changes will need to be implemented. We all know that leading from behind just won’t cut it. So, in addition to creating a talent supply chain, you must also accelerate your leader quality—or face short supply.

In Strategy #1, we overviewed how leaders’ jobs and criteria for success will change with M4.0. Now, let’s discuss more detail around how the leader role will change. Leaders will require an expanded, enterprise view of operations. They will need to work across old boundaries and develop a new, “whole-process” way of thinking to support alignment of interdependent entities. Leaders will also need an understanding of the predictive analytics that will become an integral part of the production monitoring process.

On the front lines, future leaders will interact more frequently with both customers and suppliers and, as a result, will need top-notch critical thinking and interpersonal skills. Their teams will be increasingly technically savvy and eager to participate in decisions concerning production processes.

One step to accelerate leaders to M4.0 and reduce the variance in leader quality is to simulate what good looks like.

Assessment simulations for leaders (think flight simulators for pilots) provide robust data on key leadership behaviors that are best-in-class for driving performance. The data identify the behaviors that are either strengths, are subpar, require some improvement, or need immediate remediation (via feedback and development). Similar to a throughput improvement process, an assessment simulation can create a common language of behaviors and a set of contingency plans to solve problems and reduce variance. Groups of leaders, with the support of upper management, can share development successes and wins as a result.

Throughput Improvement Process (TIP)—Operations vs. leadership

Assessment Simulations

A Leader’s Guide to Manufacturing 4.0
A Leader’s Guide to Manufacturing 4.0
Four talent strategies to transform your organization for the future.

 

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