Matthew Kirchner

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Three Rules to Live by When Business Times Get Tough

By: Matthew Kirchner

Advice for business leaders in the finishing industry as the world reacts to the economic repercussions of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. 
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The World Created the Tech Ed Teacher

By: Matthew Kirchner

Inspiring young people toward careers in advanced manufacturing.
#workforcedevelopment

How a Generation Lost So Many Employability Skills

By: Matthew Kirchner

Before the next generation of advanced manufacturing talent comes of age, perhaps parents need to ask themselves whether overparenting is part of the employability skills problem.
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Solving the Work-Life Balance Myth

By: Matthew Kirchner

When finishers reject the work-life balance fairytale in favor of work-life integration, both can be performed at a higher level.
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Open Your Eyes to the Bad News Wake-Up Call

By: Matthew Kirchner

Hotel room alarms are not the only kinds of wake-up calls.
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Blow Up the Script in Finishing Customer Service

By: Matthew Kirchner

Do you follow the same routine with every customer? That may not be a good thing.
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Internships: Not Just for Coffee Makers and Photocopiers

By: Matthew Kirchner

Organizations that don’t offer internships are missing a huge opportunity to improve.
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25 Lessons in 25 Years

By: Matthew Kirchner

In my own little way of commemorating 25 years in executive leadership, I offer the 25 most valuable lessons I’ve learned in 25 years.
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Minutes, Moments, Metrics and Mission

By: Matthew Kirchner

Is it possible that we focus a bit too much effort on minutes and not enough on creating moments?

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Introducing Industry ∞.0. The Future Has No Limit.

By: Matthew Kirchner

We sit at ground zero in time, technology and geography of this fascinating development.
#topshops

Even in Good Economic Times, Are You Still Hungry?

By: Matthew Kirchner

Through the first half of 2019, the U.S. economy did quite well, but don’t be complacent.
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Is it Okay to Dislike a Customer?

By: Matthew Kirchner

You can dislike up to three customers. Any more and the problem is you.