“Change is at the core of the smart manufacturing journey. Even though we don’t have all the answers, as leaders we need to embrace it.”

Audrey St Onge

President and General Manager, Lallemand Baking NA

Top 5 Takeaways

For our 1st episode, our guests explored what a world-class mindset in Smart Manufacturing looks like, how to elevate it, and how impactful leadership buy-in is on its success. Listen to the full episode to gain all the valuable insights and dialogue from Audrey, Habib, Jim, John, and Mike – in the meantime, here are their top 5 pieces of advice:

  1. Start by creating a vision and keeping a can-do attitude. You won’t be able to do this on your own so make sure to identify key partnerships to uncover gaps in your business. Remove the following words from your vocabulary: failure, complexity, and impossible.
  2. Be an authentic leader. It’s one thing to read and execute a playbook but it’s another to embed it in your DNA. The buck stops with leadership teams and at some point, they need to weigh in on OT projects (people, process, and technology) to ensure alignment with the smart manufacturing vision.
  3. The SM mindset starts with awareness of what’s possible. You can’t have ambition unless you know what’s possible. Every journey starts with a single step and provides an opportunity for learning. Once you get started, governance plays a key role in measuring success.
  4. Leverage the resources and tools from CESMII. From education to our ecosystem of partners, there are tools to help leaders get started.
  5. When you think about smart manufacturing, think differently

Special thank you to our guests:

Smart Manufacturing Mindset™

Think Differently

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