As manufacturing becomes more reliant on machines, automation, and other emerging forms of technology, human leadership is more important than ever. To learn more about the best practices for leadership in a technology-driven world, I brought in “tech humanist” and technology expert Kate O’Neil. As the founder and CEO of KO Insights, Kate helps organizations create meaningful strategies for balancing human experiences and the tech-driven future. In this podcast, she shares some of her favorite tips for how manufacturing leaders can find the brightest possible futures for themselves and their organizations.

1:30 – How can we reclaim our agency?

2:53 – When a lot of manufacturing is being done by machines, it’s critical to find a balance between automation and human decision making

3:56 – As we use more and more technology and automation in the manufacturing sphere, human roles actually become more important than ever, especially when it comes to creating safe and effective procedures

7:19 – When using data, consider the humans on the other side

12:50 – Leaders need to determine the processes and nuances behind data, and this often means asking questions instead of just relying on hard data

16:30 “Machines are what we encode of ourselves”

17:50 – What does it mean to lead in a technology-driven world?

21:00 – Leaders and their organizations need to be careful about how they use public trust and responsibility with data and data gathering

23:00 – Due to issues like climate change, supply chain shortages, and labor issues, leaders are in a tougher position than ever, especially when it comes to decision-making

25:00 – Are you aligned with history in the way you want to be?

27:00 – Your actions today are tomorrow’s history

29:00 – Social media is important for manufacturing leaders, but be wary of false information

32:00 – When used correctly and responsibility, technology is a powerful tool for manufacturing leaders

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