BONUS: Manufacturing is a People Business with Krishna Rajagopal

Krishna Rajagopal served as the Chief Operating Officer and managing partner of a small manufacturing company in the Chicago land area. Now he provides strategic vision, direction, and corporate governance that helps other manufacturers achieve aggressive growth while maintaining profitability. He’s the Chief Facilitator of Great Outcomes at Narish International

Top 3 Takeaways

  1. Rise up. While it can be tempting to spend all your time solving day-to-day problems, your role as a business owner is at another level. Make time to work on your business and not just in it.
  2. Seek advice. When you spend nearly all your time inside your own four walls, you may lose perspective. It’s very likely that the problems you’re facing have already been solved by somebody else. This is where an outside consultant can help.
  3. Play the long game. Manufacturers should emphasize the long-term prospects employees can expect. For the right candidate, stability and consistency are exactly what they want most.

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From the Source

“In small businesses especially, owners tend to be in the weed. So they're constantly working in the business as opposed to on the business.”

“It's really important for business owners and managers to remember that almost everything doesn't have to be invented from scratch.”

“When you're a CEO or president of a company, you tend to think that you're alone. So it's really important to reach out and walk through and talk through processes and ask for help, and if you do not know something, say you do not know.”

“The biggest challenge that I think we have around us is to find the right people to do the right job.”

“For me, it's all about, it's all about making sure we understand the person and making sure we provide the environment that makes them successful.”

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