Once you teach a bear to dance, you’d better be prepared to dance until the bear’s ready to stop. – Unknown
There’s a lot of talk lately about innovation and its likely role in the revitalization of US manufacturing. This past June, President Obama announced the formation of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) – a collection of representatives from academia and the public & private sectors that is tasked with making recommendations to the president on just how to best rebuild the US manufacturing engine. Beyond the AMP, the true importance of US manufacturing has jumped back into our collective consciousness over the last 2 years, as we’ve seen what we’ve really given away, and what that loss is costing us.
But despite the plethora of positive columns, articles & studies – as well as the emergence of the reshoring trend – restarting and sustaining our innovation engine throughout our supply & demand chains brings with it great responsibilities.
To make my point, I’d like to share a conversation I had recently with a close personal & professional friend.