Archive - July/August 2015

July/August 2015

Bob Kill
I would like to invite each of you to register to attend our third annual Statewide CEO Council on Monday, October 26. As with our previous Statewide CEO Councils, this event will be an all-day gathering where you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions led by our expert consultants designed to help you learn new ways to make your business more operationally efficient and primed to grow profitably. 

Please feel free to bring a guest of your choosing, a member of your leadership team or a fellow manufacturer as this event promises to be a tremendous opportunity to network with your peers from all across the state.

Thanks to all of you who have helped make these Statewide CEO Councils so successful, and I look forward to this year's being the best one yet. To register to attend please contact

Mary Connor
“We continue to hear from Peer Council members that LinkedIn was the successful ingredient when recruiting for key positions. How is your organization using LinkedIn to further its strategic objectives?” 
- Mary Connor

Read18 Reasons Why You Need Every Employee Using LinkedIn Every Day…


Roger Hurd

"Google, Inc. doesn’t have much trouble attracting and retaining talented employees – for a lot of reasons.  Laszlo Bock, their Senior Vice President of People Operations, shares his perspective on the subject.  Does it give you any ideas?"
- Roger Hurd

Read- Work Rules

Pat Voyles

"Companies need to make sure their leadership talent is aligned to support their vision, mission, values and strategy.  If companies don’t hire the right talent that shares the same vision and values, they’re going to have a harder time with employee engagement and retention. Watch the video to see how Zappos incorporates its core values into each of its hiring decisions."

Watch - Core Values of Culture

"We know companies can copy your strategy, but they can’t copy your culture.  Culture is what differentiates you from your competitors."
- Pat Voyles

Read- Culture is a Business Issue


Upcoming Events

The State of Manufacturing® - Litchfield
Thursday, September 10
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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How to Generate Quick Wins to Reignite Your Lean Journey
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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The 2015 Lean Enterprise Summit
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
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Manufacturer's Workshop - What You Need to Execute and Sustain Your Strategic Vision for Growth
Exclusive to Manufacturers
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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White Bear Lake Area Schools Manufacturing Pathway Kick-Off
Friday, September 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
White Bear Lake
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Manufacturer's Workshop - How to Maximize Your Lean Efforts
Exclusive to Manufacturers
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
St. Paul
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Developing Employee Leadership Skills/Culture

Pat Voyles speaks at Enterprise Minnesota business event Developing Employee Leadership Skills/Culture
(Pat Voyles, Business Growth Consultant at Enterprise Minnesota address the crowd at Developing Employee Leadership Skills/Culture)

Enterprise Minnesota's June business event Developing Employee Leadership Skills/Culture, moderated by Business Growth Consultant and CEO Council Facilitator Pat Voyles, helped attendees gain insights into strategies that help develop leadership competencies and create a culture of continuous improvement.

Click on the links below to view copies of the speakers' presentations given.

Tom Dybsky, Consultant, Owner
OE Consulting - St. Paul

Bill King, Manufacturing Manager (Mate Precision), Founder (TCLA)
Mate Precision Tooling - Anoka
Twin Cities Leadership Academy (TCLA) - Plymouth

Amy Valek, Learning & Development Specialist
J & B Group - St. Michael

Pat Voyles, Business Growth Consultant
Enterprise Minnesota - Minneapolis

Valuable Articles

How to Handle a Toxic Superstar Employee - American City Business Journals

The Need For Training Within Industry - Industry Week 

Can't find skilled workers? Try this American strategy from World War II - American City Business Journals

Statewide CEO Council

Save the date!
Monday, October 26
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Park, MN
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Enterprise Minnesota® Magazine

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