If You’re Solving Problems, Who’s Steering the Ship?
Consultant Howie Fenton recently attended the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference and spend time talking with in-plant managers. In the process, he was reminded of an important management fact: Focusing all your time on production issues takes your focus away from strategic issues like remaining aligned with your parent organization. Managers at the conference talked a lot about finding paper and rehiring staff, but in a new blog Fenton argues that these issues should not dominate a manager’s time.
He praises one IPMA session in particular in which managers of Blue Valley Schools’ in-plant shared how they have remained focused on working toward their strategic goals for over a decade, and have automated more than 70% of their workflow. Read Fenton’s full blog here.
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.