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Start Smart by Looking Backwards

Start Smart by Looking Backwards By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I love this time of year for many reasons. I just love the Holidays! I begin listening to Christmas...

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Innovative Ways to Invest in Your Employees

“Apprenticeship programs are not short term fixes - they don't pay dividends for several years; employers MUST take the long view.”  Read more to see some innovative ways that organizations...

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Google Doing Significant Work in Alternative Energy Technologies

Google is doing significant work in leading edge alternative energy technologies.  It matters to our members because they are locating a spin off company focused on geotherm in the Capital...

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Are You a Great Collaborator?

Are You a Great Collaborator? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO One of the critical skills for leaders and team members is collaboration.  However, in my experience, it is one...

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Episode 25: Pick Your Pain…Now or Later

Episode 25 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about embracing "pain" and moving forward into action. You will not want to miss...

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Pick Your Pain…Now or Later

Pick Your Pain…Now or Later By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed that there are things that we know we should do, but we just don’t seem...

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Individual Member Exclusive: “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” Mastermind

Here at MACNY we are always searching for ways to provide more value to our Individual Members—especially in the arena of professional development and personal growth. We are pleased to...

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Are You Available?

Are You Available? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader or team member, are you present and available when the need arises?  The speed of business has never...

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Episode 24: You Didn’t Ask.

Episode 24 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about the importance of asking the right questions. If you like what you hear,...

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You Didn’t Ask.

You Didn’t Ask. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer When I was young and in school, I rarely asked questions. Consequently, unless someone else asked the questions I had, I...

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Growing Jobs in the U.S. by Filling The Skilled Labor Funnel

Businesspeople in Sales and Marketing have been “filling their funnel” with sales prospects since the day they started their jobs.  It always takes a lot of potential prospects at the...

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Did you know Individual Members receive 10% most training?

Did you know that Individual Members receive an additional 10% off just about all of MACNY's training offerings? We offer a variety of training opportunities which can be found at...

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Episode 23: Are You Grateful?

Episode 23 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how an attitude of gratitude can dramatically improve your quality of life--and how...

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Are you grateful?

Are You Grateful? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you taken the time lately to be grateful or are you too busy running here and there in search of...

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What Makes A Great Leader?

What Makes A Great Leader? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  We all know good leaders.  They are everywhere we look.  They are at our schools, in our communities, and...

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Are You Resilient?

Are You Resilient? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you resilient?  Do you stay committed to accomplishing the task at-hand despite the obstacles?  Do you have...

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Statement from MACNY Regarding House Tax Reform Proposal

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017 Karyn Burns, (315) 317-3402 or [email protected] STATEMENT FROM MACNY, THE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION REGARDING HOUSE TAX REFORM PROPOSAL November 16, 2017 MACNY – The Manufacturers...

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Central Upstate Mfg. Magazine: Edition 5

MACNY is pleased to bring you the fifth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine. In this issue we explore the interesting and inspiring topic of legacies. Legacies are what have sustained...

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Episode 22: Stop the merry-go-round, it’s time to get off.

Episode 22 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how you can change your natural tendency to worry. If you like what...

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Stop the merry-go-round, it’s time to get off.

Stop the merry-go-round, it’s time to get off. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer You arrive home expecting to see your loved one’s car in the garage, and it’s not...

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Are You Addressing the Creativity Challenge?

Are You Addressing the Creativity Challenge? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO In a fast-changing economy, creating and re-creating products and services is at the heart of a thriving business...

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Syracuse.com: High school students tour North Syracuse plant as part of manufacturing month

More than 300 high school students visited SRCTec, LLC, in North Syracuse Oct. 6 as part of Manufacturing Month. What they — and the officials, leaders, parents, mentors and others...

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December at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of December! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 12/1 - "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership"...

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Episode 21: Do you know what’s in front of you?

Episode 21 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how to change your perspective on obstacles. Sometimes it can be hard to...

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Do you know what’s in front of you?

Do you know what’s in front of you? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever walked over a bridge and looked down at the water flowing beneath you?...

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NYS Paid Family Leave goes into effect 1/1/2018

NYS Paid Family Leave goes into effect on 1/1/2018.  The following is a link for a Fact Sheet outlining the basics of the leave. https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/PaidFamilyLeave_BusinessOwnerFactSheet.pdf 

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ICYMI: Martha Ponge featured in Oswego County Business

Click below to read Filling in the 'Skills Gap' featuring Martha Ponge, MACNY's Director of Apprenticeship.

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Auburn P-TECH October Activity Recap

The Auburn P-TECH program had a great time with this month’s activity: exploding bags.  Auburn students and their career coaches were given the task of creating enough carbon dioxide to...

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Empowering Women Leaders in STEM

A group of professional women in STEM fields visited PEB at MACNY recently to discuss women in STEM. Coordinated by the International Center of Syracuse and sponsored by the U.S....

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Leaders Listen

Leaders Listen By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Listening has become one of the key skillsets for leaders at all levels of successful businesses today.  To be a great leader...

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Upcoming Government Relations Issue Series Events

Government Relations Issue Series: Senator Pamela Helming at Currier Plastics - Monday, November 13, 2017 Join MACNY Members and Senator Pamela Helming for an afternoon at Currier Plastics in...

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Episode 20: It’s So Noisy

Episode 20 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about leveraging the power of solitude to strengthen leadership skills. If you like what...

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It’s So Noisy

It’s So Noisy By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed how noisy it gets? It seems as though there is noise all the time. There was an...

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P-TECH Bucket Tower Project

On October 3rd, the Syracuse P-TECH freshmen teamed up with 18 Career Coaches to work on a design challenge: the Bucket Tower Project. Using straws, tape, and a plastic cup, each...

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NYS Paid Family Leave begins 1/1/18

New York State Paid Family Leave is beginning on January 1, 2018. Are you ready? MACNY wants you to be prepared so we encourage you to review the "how it...

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Get excited! New training coming soon for Individual Members!

Beginning in 2018, Individual Members will have access to a variety of training opportunities at no cost! The following classes will be offered: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect Becoming a Person...

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A Leader Must Have A Compelling Vision

A Leader Must Have a Compelling Vision By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The difference between being a leader and a manager is vision.  To truly be a leader you...

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Episode 19: Are you a filler or a dipper?

Episode 19 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about filling the buckets of others--which in turn, fills our own buckets. It's not...

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Are You a Filler or a Dipper?

Are You a Filler or a Dipper? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I heard that my grandson came home from school and told his mom that “we all...

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Green Energy’s Health and Environmental Impacts

A note from Cindy Oehmigen: Having just returned from a trip to Europe, I was struct by the significant visibility of solar panels throughout the countryside.  On top of many warehouses,...

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Is Your Company Looking For the Elusive Millennial In Manufacturing?

Many companies are asking me the same question over and over.  “How do I attract young people to jobs in manufacturing?”  Supply Chain Management Review has some great suggestions on...

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Are You a Positive Leader?

Are You a Positive Leader? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Being a positive leader in our fast-changing and often chaotic world has become a competitive advantage.  It is far...

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Episode 18: Keys to Success

Episode 18 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about keys to success. We've got several tips to share that will help you...

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Congratulations, Randy Wolken!

EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES MACNY PRESIDENT & CEO RANDY WOLKEN TO BE APPOINTED CO-CHAIR OF CNYREDC IN 2018 Empire State Development today announced that Randy Wolken, President & CEO of...

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Keys to Success

Keys to Success By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever wondered if there is a secret to being successful? So many people say they want to be successful...

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November at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of November! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 11/1: Business Development Council: Parker's Pure Maple 11/3:...

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What is 21st Century Leadership?

What is 21st Century Leadership? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Has leadership changed in this century?  Do we need to lead differently than before?  These are constant questions I...

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Episode 17: Are you likable?

Episode 17 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about likability. Are you likable? Would most people around you agree? Listen in for...

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Are You Likable?

Are You Likable? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Seriously, are you a likable person? I know that sounds like a strange question, but have you ever thought about it?...

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WCNY Recognizes PEB’s Joe Vargo as an American Graduate Champion

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is public media’s long-term commitment, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB,) to address the dropout crisis and to build community capacity...

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Have You Tuned In Yet?

On a recent trip to New Jersey to participate in the New Jersey Institute of Technology  Apprenticeship Accelerator, Martha Ponge, MACNY's Director of Apprenticeship, was introduced to Manufacturing Talk Radio....

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Are you ready for the future? Well, it’s now!

Are you ready for the future?  Well, it’s now! By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO The largest present – and future - workforce is comprised of millennials. However, most organizations...

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Episode 16: Why Is He So Annoying?!

Episode 16 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about using DiSC behavioral profiles to understand how to best communicate with others. If...

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Why Is He So Annoying?!

Why Is He So Annoying?! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed that some people are just plain annoying? You know that person, they just come into...

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Holiday Calendar, Vacation Scheduler, and Attendance Controller: Now Available!

Each year MACNY provides members with a three-year holiday calendar, vacation scheduler and attendance controller to use within their organizations. The updated copies are not available. See below for the...

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Manufacturing Matters – October 2017

Please enjoy the October 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story October is New York State Manufacturing Month. How Will You Celebrate? Page 3...

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Are You Afraid?

Are You Afraid? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Are you afraid?  If not, you probably are not yet risking enough.  Fear is a natural reaction to the mystery we...

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Ephesus Lighting–An Integral Partner in the P-TECH Program

Ephesus Lighting has been involved in the Syracuse P-TECH Program for the past several years. Many of their employees share their time with P-TECH students through mentoring, project-based learning exercises,...

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Episode 15: Do you know what you want?

Episode 15 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how to figure out what you really, really want. If you like what...

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Do you know what you want?

Do you know what you want? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It’s easier to find something when you know what you are looking for. Have you ever noticed that...

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MACNY Congratulates Craig Avalone of CHA for National Recognition

MACNY has had the privilege of partnering with CHA consulting on outreach efforts for NYSERDA.  We are pleased to be able to congratulate Craig Avalone, one of CHA’s engineers, on...

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How Much Time Do You Really Have?

How Much Time Do You Really Have? By Randy Wolken, President & CEO I hear it nearly every day.  People tell me they are “busy,” “overwhelmed,” “running with their hair-on-fire”...

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Available Now: 2017-2018 Council Agendas

MACNY's 2017-2018 has officially begun! We hope our council members will enjoy this year's programming. If you are not a council member and would like more information on councils please...

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Martha Ponge speaks at “Making The Case For Apprenticeship” – View the report

Making The Case for Apprenticeship: click here to view the report.

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Episode 14: My Resources

Episode 14 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, David shares his favorite resources that have helped him in his professional and personal development. Listen...

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Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Gain Summer Employment Opportunities With Some of the Program’s Business Partners

Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Gain Summer Employment Opportunities With Some of the Program's Business Partners In addition to the credit-bearing summer internships some of the P-TECH juniors participated in, four P-TECH...

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My Resources

My Resources By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer People have asked if I would share the resources I have found that have helped me on my path of growth, so...

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Apprenticeship may not be THE answer, but is most definitely an answer.

Apprenticeship may not be THE answer, but is most definitely an answer. Read more to find out how countries like the UK are utilizing government funding in a new and unique way...

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Free Occupational Safety & Health Assistance

The New York State Department of Labor offers employers free occupational safety and health assistance through their On-Site Consultation Program. For more information on the program, please visit: https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm

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How Much Control Do You Really Have?

How Much Control Do You Really Have? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We all like to believe we have a lot of control.  But, how much do we really...

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October at a Glance

Don't miss these great offerings in the month of October! For the most up to date listing, visit our events calendar at www.macny.org/events 10/3: ISO 9001:2015 Transition Implementation 10/3, 10/10,...

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Episode 13: I Forgot the Anchor!

Episode 13 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about how you can use anchors to maintain position when the storms of life...

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I Forgot the Anchor!

I Forgot the Anchor! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was a mid-June day and it was quite windy.  We had just installed all the floorboards in our old...

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MACNY’s Transformational Leadership Award – Nominate today!

MACNY Members: John Maxwell often says “everything rises and falls on leadership.” As a member of the John Maxwell Team, I whole heartedly agree with John. Leadership is the catalyst...

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Indefinite Delay of the New Wage & Hour Components of the EEO-1 Report

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has indefinitely delayed implementation of the new wage and hour components of the EEO-1 Report. The EEOC will continue to use the same...

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When was the last time you admitted you were wrong?

When was the last time you admitted you were wrong? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO I had set my morning schedule.  I was in Philadelphia and I had left...

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Episode 12: Help! I Am Trapped Under a Diminisher.

Episode 12 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about what you can do if you're working for a diminisher. It's easier than...

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Manufacturing Matters – September 2017

Please enjoy the September 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Supports CNY STEM and PEB Page 3 | President's...

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Help! I Am Trapped Under a Diminisher.

Help! I Am Trapped Under a Diminisher. By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer  As much as we would love to think every boss is a Multiplier, it’s simply not true....

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Earning While in School – An Innovative New Training Program at Ohio State

Earning While in School - An Innovative New Training Program at Ohio State It seems like Ohio State is on the top of the AP list for Collegiate Football every...

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Which is more important – technology or talent?

Which is more important – technology or talent? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders today are grappling with just how important talent and technology are to their organizations’ success. ...

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Join us for: Industry 4.0 Digital Marketing

How Manufacturing Marketers Can Optimize Industry 4.0 Opportunities “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will offer remarkable opportunities -- and challenges.  It’s time to get ready for them so we can thrive...

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Episode 11: Are you leading as a Multiplier?

Episode 11 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we're talking about Multipliers (the opposite of the Diminishers we talked about in Episode 10), the...

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Are you leading as a Multiplier?

Are you leading as a Multiplier? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I have read that after meeting with British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, you would leave feeling that...

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MACNY’s Fall Training Brochure is now available!

MACNY'S Fall Training Brochure is now available! Click here to learn more about MACNY’s Fall Training offerings. For more information contact Debbie Sindone, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] or 315-474-4201 ext....

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Do you amplify the positive?

Do You Amplify the Positive? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you amplify the positive experiences you and your team have? It would serve you well if you did. ...

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Almost Sold Out! Council Kickoff @ Empire Farm Brewery, 9/19

THIS EVENT IS ALMOST SOLD OUT! DON'T WAIT, RSVP TODAY! Join us September 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for our annual council kickoff reception at Empire Farm Brewery in...

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Episode 10: Did you just call me the “D” word?

Episode 10 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we are talking about the "D" word, the behaviors that characterize the "D" word, and much...

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Did you just call me the “D” word?

Did You Just Call Me the “D” Word? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I’m sorry, but there is no way I am or have ever been a diminisher!  I...

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P-TECH Student Spends Two Weeks Learning Hands-On Skills at Kilian Manufacturing

Syracuse P-TECH student Garnet G. spent two weeks this Summer at Kilian Manufacturing, working under Manufacturing Manager Bob McCarthy, and learned how to use a 0-1" micrometer, and optical comperator...

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Should Coding Be Considered a Foreign Language?

We want students to be engaged in STEM education, but many do not have time to fit in extra classes in an already demanding schedule. Is allowing coding to count...

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How Do You Define Leadership?

How Do You Define Leadership? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do you define leadership?  I define it as a “sacred trust” that I have been gifted with.  I...

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Episode 9: I Just Don’t Feel Like It

Episode 9 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we are diving deeper into a sampling of things you can do to get yourself back...

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Wanted: Job Shadow Host Sites

Looking to build relationships with high school students pursuing a career path in Mechanical Technology or Electrical Engineering Technology? The Syracuse P-TECH Program (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is looking for...

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I Just Don’t Feel Like It

I Just Don’t Feel Like It By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Let’s face it. Some days it’s just tough to get going. Perhaps the weather is gray and overcast....

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Students enrolled in the Syracuse P-TECH Program found summer employment opportunities at United Radio

Students enrolled in the Syracuse P-TECH Program at the Institute of Technology found summer employment opportunities at United Radio through PEB and MACNY’s collaboration with industry partners. Top left: Syracuse...

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LIVE2LEAD

Join us for our third annual broadcasting of John Maxwell's annual Atlanta-based event: LIVE2LEAD October 20, 2017 9 AM - 4 PM The Lodge at Welch Allyn What is...

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Can You See The Future?

Can You See the Future? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Can you see the future?  As leaders, we are often asked to “see into the future” so our companies...

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Episode 8: Friends and Accomplices

Episode 8 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, we continue our discussion on the impact others have on our lives and our success. We'll...

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Free paid training being offered for manufacturing jobs (localsyr.com)

CAZENOVIA (WSYR-TV) - Onondaga Community College and Madison County manufacturers are teaming up to offer paid training for skill trades.

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Friends and Accomplices

Friends and Accomplices By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about the influence others have on our lives. Harvard social psychologist Dr. David McClelland states that our...

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In case you missed it: Lt. Gov. visits CNY STEM Camp for Girls (syracuse.com)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Syracuse this week to promote a science camp for young women.

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Join us at Empire Farm Brewery for our Annual Council Kickoff!

Join us September 19th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for our annual council kickoff reception at Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia for an evening of food, drinks, and networking. The...

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Five Reasons Upskilling Your Workforce is Important – The Aspen Institute

Upskilling helps your bottom line, improves retention, and employees are beginning to expect it.  Continue reading to learn 5 reasons you should be upskilling your current workforce.

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How Do You Handle Stress?

How Do You Handle Stress? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do you handle stress as a leader?  The way you do has important consequences for you and your...

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Episode 7: I Thought The Association Would Do Him Good

Episode 7 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and David discuss the impact others have on our lives. Fun fact: our “Reference Group”...

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I Thought the Association Would Do Him Good

I Thought the Association Would Do Him Good By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Not long ago I heard a story of a man who entered his mule in the...

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Updated I-9 Form

Earlier this week the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced and published an updated I-9 Form that will be required to be used by employers by September 18, 2017. While...

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AT&T CNY STEM Camp for Young Women

In case you missed it: check out the media coverage for the AT&T CNY STEM Summer Camp for Young Women, coordinated by Partners for Education and Business (PEB) and the...

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What Does a Leader Do When the Team is Deflated?

What Does a Leader Do When the Team is Deflated? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What does a leader do when the team is deflated?  This is a challenge...

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Episode 6: The Trust Tax

Episode 6 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and David discuss the impact trust has on our ability to lead and how we...

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Free On-Site Safety Consultation

Free On-Site Safety Consultation NYS Department of Labor (DOL) offers a free On-Site Safety Consultation Program for employers. It is jointly funded by the U.S. DOL and the NYS DOL...

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The Trust Tax

The Trust Tax By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever stopped to think about the effect trust has on our lives? As leaders, we either pay a tax...

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Rethink the Traditional Career Paths and Discover “New Collar” Careers

Rather than looking back toward past opportunities that might no longer be relevant, Ginny Rometty, the CEO at IBM,  recently wrote an op-ed which advised students and teachers to focus...

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Learn More About The CNY STEM Scholars

CNY STEM Scholars The CNY STEM Scholars program is a partnership between SRC, King + King Architects, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, C&S Companies, Carrier Corporation, the CNY STEM Hub, and...

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When Do Leaders Re-energize?

When Do Leaders Re-energize? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As leaders, we are expected to always be “on.”  This is a very difficult task to accomplish. And yet, we...

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Episode 5: One of David’s Greatest Leadership Failures

Episode 5 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, David shares one of his greatest leadership failures--along with how he was able to right his...

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One of my Greatest Leadership Failures

One of my Greatest Leadership Failures By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer In 2007, the company I was running started a season of significant growth. Realizing that I needed a...

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7 Manager Mistakes with Costly Consequences – SHRM

7 Manager Mistakes with Costly Consequences SHRM Most managers do a great job managing their staff.  There are some that may not be aware they could improve how they handle...

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CNY STEM Career Exploration Series

CNY STEM Career Exploration Series Studies have indicated that New York companies have more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs than they can fill.  To address this issue, Partners...

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When Does It Stop Being Uncomfortable For Leaders?

When Does It Stop Being Uncomfortable For Leaders? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO When does it stop being uncomfortable for leaders?  Never, I am sorry to say. If I...

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The Next Page: Episode 4

Episode 4 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and Dave elaborate on President Abraham Lincoln's ability to not react in kind when challenged...

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MACNY’s Summer Training Brochure is Now Available!

MACNY'S Summer Training Brochure is now available! Click the brochure image to learn more about MACNY’s Spring Training offerings. For more information contact Debbie Sindone, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] or...

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A Measured Response

A Measured Response By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I wrote about President Lincoln's cabinet of rivals.  In addition to his abilities to utilize differences and build coalitions...

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NY Renewables Efforts

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Workforce Development Institute conference on the potential for jobs linked to the renewable energy industry.   This further substantiates the current and future...

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10 Tickets left! Happy Hour @ Greenwood Winery presented by Harris Beach PLLC

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Seven Ways Intermediaries Help Develop Apprenticeship Programs

Seven Ways Intermediaries Help Develop Apprenticeship Programs Intermediaries can provide crucial support to the development and management of apprenticeships at companies. They can conduct outreach to employers and manage relationships...

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Manufacturing Matters – Summer 2017

Please enjoy the Summer 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Are You Prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? MACNY is Here to Help....

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Innovation is Not an Event!

Innovation is Not an Event! By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Innovation is not an event.  It is not something that “just happens.”  As individuals and organizations known for being...

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Government Affairs: 2017 New York State Legislative Session Recap

2017 New York State Legislative Session Recap  2017 started off well, with the 2017 budget including workers' compensation reform and continued support for our Statewide Apprenticeship program.  The remainder of...

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The Next Page: Episode 3

Episode 3 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean In this week's episode, Marisa and Dave elaborate on President Abraham Lincoln's skillful building of his cabinet...

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Now He Belongs to the Ages

Now He Belongs to the Ages By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The date was April 15th­­, 1865. The time, 7:22 AM. President Abraham Lincoln’s 9-hour struggle for life was...

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Syracuse P-TECH Juniors are Offered Summer Jobs, Summer Internship Opportunities by Supporting Companies

Syracuse P-TECH Juniors are Offered Summer Jobs, Summer Internship Opportunities by Supporting Companies A new addition to the P-TECH Program for rising seniors was coordinated by PEB as part of...

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As a Leader, Are You Free?

As a Leader, Are You Free? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We often have an odd definition of freedom.  We like to think freedom is the ability to do...

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The Next Page: Episode 2

Episode 2 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean This week we're comparing flower buds to emerging leaders in organizations: how to find them, how to protect...

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Searching for Buds

Searching for Buds By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer             My wife is an amazing gardener. When you walk up to the front of our home, you would think you are...

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Manufacturers Alliance Statement: Positive Changes in Business Policy Made

Manufacturers Alliance Statement on the 2017 - 2018 New York State Legislative Session: Positive Changes in Business Policy Made Syracuse, NY- Today The Manufacturers Alliance of New York State released...

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Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Participate in Final Job Shadow Days for the 2016-2017 School Year

Syracuse P-TECH Juniors Participate in Final Job Shadow Days for the 2016-2017 School Year Approximately 37 high school juniors enrolled in the Syracuse P-TECH program visited a local manufacturing facility...

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Happy Hour at Greenwood Winery Presented by Harris Beach PLLC

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Leader is a Verb.

Leader is a Verb. By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO We often use “leader” or “supervisor” or “boss” as a noun.  These words are far too often seen as a...

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The Next Page: Episode 1

Episode 1 of The Next Page is available for download! Download Here: iTunes // Google Play // PodBean This week we're discussing our purpose, our format, and what you can expect each week from this...

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A Podcast, Really?

A Podcast, Really? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer As the title reads, we are doing a podcast. I’m excited to announce that Marisa and I are doing a weekly...

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Are You Taking Advantage of Skillsoft?

Did you know that MACNY offers e-learning options to all MACNY Members? We've partnered with Skillsoft, an innovative leader in training, to offer six Knowledge Centers: Leadership HR Professional Management...

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15 Facts Showing U.S. Manufacturing is Growing

Strictly based on our interactions with companies, we have been led to believe there is growth occurring across America in manufacturing.  This data supports that belief.  

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Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

Do You Know What You Don’t Know? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do you know what you don’t know?  There seems to be a straight forward answer to this...

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If Parents and Students are Happier, Why Can’t Career and Tech Education Shake it’s Bad Image?

The research supports that high school students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) have a higher rate of graduation on a national average, but CTE can’t seem to shake the...

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Are You the Governor?

Are You the Governor? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Perhaps a better title would have been; You Are the Governor. Please allow me to explain. It started this past...

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PEB’s Annual Awards Event at Le Moyne College

Dear MACNY members: Wednesday, June 7 was the PEB Annual Awards event at Le Moyne College. This is a great affair because of the number of students, parents, education and...

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2018 Premium Rates for Family Leave Benefits and Maximum Employee Contribution

The 2018 Premium Rates for Family Leave Benefits and Maximum Employee Contribution were announced.

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Business Day At The Capitol: Legislative Memos

OPPOSE: Expansion of Public Works "Prevailing Wage" Standards SUPPORT: Scaffold Law Reform SUPPORT: Small Business Tax Cuts OPPOSE: State Sponsored Retirement Mandate SUPPORT: Unemployment Insurance Experience Rating Under Paid Family Leave

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Do Conversation Still Matter?

Do Conversations Still Matter? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Do conversations still matter?  With the advances in technology we can communicate with anyone in the world in 140 characters...

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New Class: Making Today Matter

Have you ever had a day when you went home exhausted but didn’t really know what you accomplished? Are you rushing from one task to the next stuck in the...

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Mining for Gold

Mining for Gold By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The date was January 24, 1848, when a carpenter from New Jersey named James Marshall found flakes of gold in California’s...

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Member E-Connect: 4th of July Holiday Policy–Are you closed 7/3 & 7/4?

MACNY members continually contact us for information on what others in their industry are doing when it comes to holiday scheduling and PTO. With Independence Day being a Tuesday this...

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Energy Cost Reduction

Here are a few common sense tips that are not complicated to employ--and the impact is likely greater than you imagine.  Fortunately for New Yorkers, there are programs through NYSERDA...

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How Do Millennials Want to Work?

How Do Millennials Want to Work? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO In the U.S., there are nearly 73 million millennials.  Gallup's report, How Millennials Want to Work and Live,...

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Manufacturing Matters – June 2017

Please enjoy the June 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story MACNY Celebrates 104th Annual Dinner Page 3 | President's Message Is Your Next Teammate...

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Ideas are Cheap. Building Something is Hard.

Explore the day to day operations of, Lowercase NYC, one of the only eyewear producers in the United States.  The startup located in Brooklyn will give you insight into why...

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Were You Listening?

Were You Listening? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer May 18th was a warm late spring day. As the day progressed, and the humidity started to build, it almost felt...

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New Material for Solar Cells

Is Crystalline Silicone becoming passé?  Perhaps.  Thanks to researchers at NIST and the University of Nebraska, perovskites could become the next superstars of solar cells.  More efficient, more stable.

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How Do Leaders Best Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

How Do Leaders Best Prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How do leaders best prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?  This is an important...

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Have We Forgotten How to be Kind?

Have We Forgotten How to be Kind? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you remember a time when people were just plain nice? When people actually were polite to...

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Join us for our Clambake!

Join us for our Annual Clambake! Wednesday, August 16, 4 - 7 PM Hinerwadel's in North Syracuse Bring your colleagues, friends, family or whole team! Click here to register now!...

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Save on Both: NYS & Federal Employment Law Class

Special Offer! Join us for both the Federal Employment Law class on June 15 and the NYS Employment Law class on June 21 and save $65!   Federal Employment Law: June 15th,...

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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0?

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0?  It is how historians and futurist...

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A Mentor

A Mentor By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever had a person come into your professional life who helped transform you into someone you never thought you could...

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Join us at NBT Stadium!

Join us on June 29th for MACNY NIGHT at the Syracuse Chiefs game! MACNY members will receive a discount on tickets in sections 208 & 210 using promo code: MACNY....

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NEW CLASS: Lean Office

Lean Office Lean is not just something to use on the manufacturing floor. Making an office environment lean will have a major impact on your business by streamlining your processes...

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How Well Do I Lead?

How Well Do I Lead? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How well do I lead?  As leaders, we need to periodically assess how we are leading.  But, how do...

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Join us for Happy Hour at Greenwood Winery!

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Are You Willing to Pay the Price?

Are You Willing to Pay the Price? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Eugene Habecker, the author of The Other Side of Leadership, wrote “The true leader serves. Serves people....

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Thank You to Our Annual Dinner Sponsors!

Thank You to Our Annual Dinner Sponsors! THANK YOU to our sponsors for supporting manufacturing in New York State and for celebrating this year’s Wall of Fame Inductees–Arnie Rubenstein (United...

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What is the Greatest Roadblock to Individual and Company Success?

What is the Greatest Roadblock to Individual and Company Success? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the greatest roadblock to individual and company success?  Is it creativity, great...

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HR Session for P-TECH Students

Thank you to all the mentors who helped make this Syracuse P-TECH session on April 28th possible. This event's focus was on careers related to Mechanical Technology and Electrical Engineering...

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Where Did They Go?

Where Did They Go? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officers Last week I wrote about finding emerging leaders, and I received some great feedback. During a conversation about the post,...

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MACNY Announces 2017 Innovators of the Year

MACNY ANNOUNCES TIM BRAUNER AND DAVID BATES OF KNOWLES AS INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS Brauner and Bates to be recognized at MACNY’s 104th Annual Dinner Syracuse, New York-...

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Collaborative Robots, Static Control in Manufacturing, the latest in control options for Ethernet-IP & More!

Join Ralph W. Earl Automation Solutions for their Annual Open House!  Thursday, May 11th from 10 AM - 2 PM 5930 E. Molloy Road Syracuse, NY 13220 Click here to...

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Manufacturing Matters – May 2017

Please enjoy the May 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association!   Cover Story MACNY Announces 2017 Innovators of the Year Page 3 | President's Message We...

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Are Robots Destined to Take Our Jobs?

Are Robots Destined to Take Our Jobs? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Are robots destined to take our jobs?  The answer is both yes and no.  Not surprisingly, this...

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Save The Date: Happy Hour @ Greenwood Winery

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We Want to Hear From You

Individual Membership has been one of MACNY's fastest growing initiatives over the last couple of years. Each year we strive to add new and different offerings for Individual Members to...

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Where Are All The Leaders?

Where Are All The Leaders? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Have you ever noticed that it is tough to find leaders? They just never seem to be applying for...

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MACNY Announces Keynote Speaker for 104th Annual Dinner

Join us as we celebrate the entire manufacturing community and the successes of our members! May 18, 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse RSVP NOW! Featuring Keynote Speaker:...

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Mastering Employee Engagement (HR Daily Advisor)

It can cost you both time and money to find a replacement for an employee who leaves your organization.  Due to the high costs involved, it is important to keep the...

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Corporate Wellness Programs Gaining Popularity

Corporate wellness programs have gained in popularity over the years and the trend for 2017 looks to be the same.  Below is a link for an article on forbes.com outlining...

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What Can a Leader Do When Change Occurs Too Fast?

What Can a Leader Do When Change Occurs Too Fast? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What can a leader do when change occurs too fast?  As a leader, we...

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Thermostats and Thermometers – Which One Are You?

Thermostats and Thermometers By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer It was 81 degrees on Sunday then dropped into the 40s Sunday night. Do you turn the heat on or the...

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The 7 Basic Quality Control Tools + 2

Are you looking to get solutions to problems as they occur and on the spot? Trying to find ways to engage the entire workforce? Want to leverage the skills and...

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Syracuse P-TECH Resume Session

9th grade P-TECH students received feedback on their resumes from Career Coaches on April 11th at the Institute of Technology High School in downtown Syracuse. Coaches pointed out all the...

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Would You Work Differently If You Planned to Live to be 100 Years Old?

Would You Work Differently If You Planned to Live to be 100 Years Old? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Would you work differently if you planned to live to...

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The Road to Greatness

The Road to Greatness By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer This morning I came across a quote by Joe Duncan that read “You’re going to be on the road to...

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

What is a Crucial Conversation? A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly...

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Is Every Job Changing?

Is Every Job Changing? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Is every job changing?  Yes, from what I have seen, it is.  And, if every job is changing, we are...

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Change the world. Stay in STEM.

Did you know that less than 7% of women graduate with STEM degrees? This is problem we can solve by providing more exposure to resources and experiences that make STEM real...

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We Cheered

We Cheered By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I was reading an article about the days following September 11, 2001. In the article, writer Peggy Noonan recalls Friday, September...

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P-TECH: Rockets to the Rescue!

Rockets were flying in the ITC gymnasium on March 23rd at 8 o’clock in the morning. The 9th grade P‑TECH students worked on a project called "Rockets to the Rescue"...

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Manufacturing Matters – April 2017

Please enjoy the April 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Cover Story Manufacturing Lobby Day Success! Page 3 | Government Relations Workers' Compensation Legislative Bills Part...

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How Good Are You at Leading Change?

How Good Are You at Leading Change? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO How good are you at leading change?  The answer to this question is increasingly important to our...

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We Buried Him Last Week

We Buried Him Last Week By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer “It was a chilly late spring morning. The leaves were just starting to pop as I made my way...

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Special Pricing for Annual Dinner for Individual Members – Valid through 4/15

MACNY's 104th Annual Dinner is just around the corner on Thursday, May 18th at 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse, NY! Join us as we honor our Manufacturers Wall...

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Join PEB! American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project

Partners for Education & Business (PEB), a MACNY affiliate, encourages you to join them at the CNY Biotech Accelerator for a presentation on the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project....

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Thank you to our Annual Dinner Sponsors! Want to join? There’s still time!

MACNY's 104th Annual Dinner is just around the corner on Thursday, May 18th, 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse! THANK YOU to our sponsors for supporting manufacturing in New...

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If You Are Too Busy, Do You Need More Quiet Time?

If You Are Too Busy, Do You Need More Quiet Time? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO If you are too busy, what you may need most is more quiet...

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Worn Out!

Worn Out! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Do you struggle with being worn out? Are you “out of gas” so to speak? If the answer is yes, you are...

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Great Jobs are Available for Skilled Workers in Manufacturing. How come many of those jobs remain unfilled month after month?

Great Jobs are Available for Skilled Workers in Manufacturing.  How come many of those jobs remain unfilled month after month? Read more to see how the challenge of finding skilled...

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What is Your Leadership Learning Approach?

What is Your Leadership Learning Approach? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO  Today’s competitive business climate requires that we never stop learning – both as an individual and as an...

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Join MACNY’s Fastest Growing Group – Individual Membership!

To learn more or to register for Individual Membership, contact Marisa at [email protected]! For more details, click here.

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A Tale of Two Lives

A Tale of Two Lives By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week I asked if you were willing to strive for significance. Some may wonder what I mean by...

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Auburn P-TECH’s Roller Coaster Challenge

Auburn’s 9th and 10th grade P-TECH students and Career Coaches had an exciting morning participating in a Roller Coaster Challenge on February 17, 2017 at Auburn High School.  The students...

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Six Reasons to Start a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program

Six Reasons to Start a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Academics can provide the basis for teaching critical thinking but academics alone neglects the hands on focused skills training, which allow some...

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Featured Class: IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Application Specialist

IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) 3-Day Class Dates: Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day Location: MACNY Headquarters Cost: $...

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What is the Most Powerful Leadership Question You Can Ask?

What is the Most Powerful Leadership Question You Can Ask? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What is the most powerful leadership question you can ask?  We all want to...

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Featured Class: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth April 13 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Live the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth and Reach Your Potential! Are there tried and true principles...

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Central Upstate Mfg. Magazine – Edition 4

MACNY is pleased to bring you the fourth edition of Central Upstate Mfg. magazine. In this issue we explore the critical topic of careers in manufacturing and the critical need...

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E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer I mentioned last week that I would be traveling to our nation’s capital to see the sights with my son. It...

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Lean out your organization with 5S and Visual Workplace

5S and Visual Workplace  Are you interested in lean and wonder what to do first what will have an immediate impact? Why is 5S more than just good cleaning practices?...

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Looking to get your name in front of a large audience?

MACNY's largest annual event is coming up in just over two months! Join us for our 104th Annual Dinner on May 18th at 5 PM at the OnCenter in Syracuse,...

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What Do 21st Century Leaders Need To Do Differently?

What Do 21st Century Leaders Need To Do Differently? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO What do 21st Century Leaders need to do differently to be successful?  This is a...

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The Hot Poker

The Hot Poker By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I was preparing to teach on John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  During my preparation, I was reminded of...

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Manufacturing Matters – March 2017

Please enjoy the March 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association! Page 3 | President's Message It's Time to Get Serious About Manufacturing Growth in New...

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Have you joined our leadership mastermind group?

Did you know that Individual Members have exclusive access to "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" Mastermind Group facilitated by Certified John Maxwell Team Coach David Freund? Here is what...

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New I-9 Form: Effective 1/22/17 – 8/31/19

On November 14, 2016 the US Citizenship & Immigration Services released a new Form I-9 (Rev. 11/14/2016 N) to replace the prior form which expired on March 31, 2016....

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Join MACNY’s Great Group of Annual Dinner Sponsors!

MACNY would like to thank the sponsors below for committing to sponsor our Annual Dinner. We hope you will consider joining this great group! For more information on Annual Dinner...

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Why is it so Difficult to Get Our Teams to Maintain Focus?

Why is it so Difficult to Get Our Teams to Maintain Focus? By: Randy Wolken President & CEO Why is it so difficult to get our teams to maintain focus? ...

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Featured Class: Change Anything®

Program Overview: Does it seem like you give the same performance feedback to individuals year after year with no improvement? Are your employees unable to translate performance feedback into action?...

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Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Recently I heard someone say that “there is no such thing as a thought that doesn’t have consequences.”  This statement caused...

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“Four-fifths of executives surveyed said that a shortage of sufficiently skilled workers will affect their companies in the next 12 months”

According to a survey of more than 400 U.S. executives, companies expect to hire extensively in the coming year to address anticipated growth. However, a large number of these companies, predominantly...

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Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2017 for Calendar Year Plans

Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2017 for Calendar Year Plans Each year, employers whose health plans include prescription drug coverage must disclose to the Centers for Medicare...

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MACNY Announces 2017 Manufacturers Wall of Fame Inductees

MACNY ANNOUNCES RAYMOND CURRIER & ARNIE RUBENSTEIN AS 2017 MANUFACTURERS WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Winners to Be Inducted to Wall of Fame at MACNY’s 104th Annual Dinner   MACNY, The...

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Why is “Love” so Looked Down Upon?

Why is "Love" so Looked Down Upon? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Why do leaders shy away from “love” in the work place?  Has it gotten too “taboo” to...

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P-TECH Event Recap: Roller Coaster Challenge at ITC

10th grade P-TECH students took over the ITC cafeteria to work with their Career Coaches/Mentors on a design challenge. Students were paired with Career Coaches and competed in designing a...

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Government Affairs Weekly Updates: Week of February 13, 2017

Workers Comp! Energy! Taxes! Come Join Us as We Educate Albany on Better Business Policy at the Manufacturers Alliance 2017 Lobby Day, March 1, 2017 Weekly Legislative Memo: Real Property Tax...

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer At first glance, you may think that I am referring to the book Charles Dickens wrote in 1861. While I am a...

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P-TECH 9th Grade Challenge at ITC

P-TECH 9th-Grade Challenge at ITC on January 27, 2017 The 9th-grade P-TECH students competed in a “Gumdrop Bridge Building Challenge.” Representatives from Ephesus Lighting were there for support and judging....

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Cindy Oehmigen Joins MACNY as Director of Energy and Corporate Services

MACNY is pleased to announce that Cindy Oehmigen has joined the MACNY staff as Director of Energy and Corporate Services. She will be a tremendous asset to both the team...

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Did you know?

Did you know that Individual Members have an all-access pass to all eight of MACNY's councils? Here's a sampling of some of our upcoming events in February and March: Safety...

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Leaders Must Work with the Whole Person

Leaders Must Work with the Whole Person By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Have you ever wondered why change is so hard for us?  We all know people, at times...

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Ready, Aim, Fire!

Ready, Aim, Fire! By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Are you a person who has a propensity for action or inaction? I know that may sound like a strange question,...

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Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required (New York Times)

When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., over 10,000 people showed up to apply for 800 positions. Sadly, fewer than 15...

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Government Affairs Weekly Update: 2/6/17

Manufacturers Alliance Lobby Day: March 1 Weekly Legislative Memo Spotlight: Disclosure of Asbestos Trust Claims In the News: 'Buy America' Movement Has CNY Manufacturers Optimistic Holding Us Back? Regulation of...

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Next Solution Forum to be held in the Mohawk Valley on February 23, 2017

Sponsored by Fuze Hub and their partners around the state, Solutions Forums are half-day events held, regionally, across the state.   They provide a unique opportunity for small to mid-size manufacturers...

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You Can’t Beat Zero

You Can't Beat Zero By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Sustaining and growing manufacturing is a global competition. Here, in New York State, we need to be doing all we...

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Crucial Conversations®: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High

What is a Crucial Conversation? A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly...

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The Excellence Habit–Continued

The Excellence Habit – Continued By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Last week we looked into habits and how they get started. I shared that Aristotle said, “To be excellent,...

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Available Now: February 2017 Newsletter

Please enjoy the February 2017 Edition of Manufacturing Matters, the monthly newsletter of MACNY, The Manufacturers Association!

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Join us for Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany!

New York State Manufacturing Lobby Day sponsored by the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State  Albany, New York  *NOTE: Register by February 15th to save $25.00! At this year’s Manufacturing...

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As a Leader, Are You Willing to be Zero?

As a Leader, Are You Willing to be Zero? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO As a leader, are you willing to be zero?  What do I mean by that? ...

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Zero Emissions Credits

MACNY members have probably seen recent articles in the press that describe Governor Cuomo’s agreement with Exelon Corp designed to keep the 4 upstate NY nuclear power plants operating.  This...

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The Excellence Habit

The Excellence Habit By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer So many times in my life I have tried to break bad a habit. In fact, I think I am always...

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Federal Programs for Manufacturers

Federal programs for Manufacturers From Exports to Energy, from Trade to Technology, and from obtaining government financing to securing government contracts; if it exists, the Federal Government probably has a...

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Is Individual Membership right for you?

MACNY's Individual Membership offering is an exclusive opportunity for individuals within MACNY's member companies as a way to stay more involved with MACNY while also developing professionally. Think of Individual...

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As a Leader, Are You Managing Your Energy?

As a Leader, Are You Managing Your Energy? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a lot of discussion in organizations around time management.  Time is certainly a precious...

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NEW CLASS: ITIL Certification

NEW CLASS: ITIL Certification "Great business performance requires great IT performance!" The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a collection of acknowledged industry best practices for information technology (IT) management. Unlike...

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MACNY is now collecting nominations for our 2017 Innovator of the Year Award!

MACNY is now collecting nominations from our collective membership for our 2017 Manufacturing Innovator of the Year Award, sponsored by Corning, Inc! This Sixth annual award will recognize the innovative...

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Personal Kaizen?

Personal Kaizen? By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Most of us in manufacturing have heard of Kaizen events.  Kaizen is Chinese and Japanese for "continuous improvement." In manufacturing, Kaizen refers...

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NYS Dept. of Labor: New Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees

Even though a federal judge in Texas issued an order delaying the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime regulations, New York State has introduced its own...

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Compliance Check! Minimum wage increased on 12/31/16 – New wage poster required.

Effective 12/31/16, the minimum wage outside of NYC increased to $9.70 (see link below for New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County rates).  A new required poster is available...

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How Many Mentors Should a Leader Have?

How Many Mentors Should a Leader Have? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO There is a lot of talk these days about having mentors.  I know of some companies that...

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New Manufacturing USA Institute to be Located at RIT

New Manufacturing USA Institute to be Located at RIT Below are two articles describing the new Manufacturing USA Institute to be located at RIT.  RIT, a MACNY member and strong...

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MACNY STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS IN SYRACUSE, JANUARY 11, 2017

MACNY STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS IN SYRACUSE, JANUARY 11, 2017 Statement below attributed to MACNY President & CEO Randy Wolken:  “Today’s State of the...

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It’s Hopeless!

It's Hopeless By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Marshal Ferdinand Foch, a French General, Marshal of France and the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War stated: “There are...

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ToolingU-SME: How is your company addressing the skills gap? Are you prepared?

Mission Critical: Workforce 2021 ToolingU-SME Based on five years of insights from their Workforce 2021 Assessment tool, ToolingU-SME, recently released a report detailing the progress being made towards addressing the...

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Are You Ready to Lead in the 21st Century?

Are You Ready to Lead in the 21st Century? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders in this century will need to be different.  Why?  Because our emerging economy –...

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Get Organized in 2017!

Get Organized in 2017 with 7 Secrets of a Highly Organized Professional Program Overview: In order to remain competitive, highly successful and profitable companies constantly look for ways to get more done...

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Can Leaders Actually Create a Happier and More Productive New Year?

Can Leaders Actually Create a Happier and More Productive New Year? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO It’s the Holiday Season and we are constantly wishing and hearing others wish...

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Disappointment

Disappointment By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Disappointment is defined as the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations. Disappointments are just a...

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Anything, Just Not Everything

Anything, Just Not Everything By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer The lessons we learn are often found in the strangest of places. The lesson I would like to share with...

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MACNY’s Winter Training Brochure is now available!

Click the brochure image to learn more about MACNY's Winter Training offerings. For more information contact Debbie Sindone, Training Coordinator, at [email protected] or 315-474-4201 ext. 24.

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OSHA National News Release

Effective 1/17/17 - OSHA issues final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards and establishing personal fall protection systems requirements. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal...

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology would like your feedback.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) would like your feedback to help prepare a 2017 federal funding opportunity that will allow Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers and...

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Holiday Safety

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe...

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Can Being Kind Be A Leader’s Competitive Advantage?

Can Being Kind Be A Leader's Competitive Advantage? By Randy Wolken, President & CEO In today’s fast-paced, global economy, can kindness be your competitive leadership advantage?  I, for one, think...

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Circumstances

Circumstances By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer Writer James Allen wrote, “Circumstances do not make a man; they reveal him.” So often we hear people complaining about situations that they...

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Are You Limiting Potential Growth?

Are You Limiting Potential Growth? By: Randy Wolken, President & CEO Leaders have a primary responsibility to advance the success of their team members and their organizations.  They can also...

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Good Hypocrisy

Good Hypocrisy By: David Freund  Could hypocrisy actually be a good thing? Could there be a benefit to a form of hypocrisy? For my entire life I have been told...

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It’s Thanksgiving–Well, Almost

It's Thanksgiving--Well, Almost By: David Freund Thursday will be Thanksgiving. For many of us in the manufacturing world, we will actually get a four-day weekend. How will you spend your...

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Are You Being Proactive Enough?

Are You Being Proactive Enough? By: Randy Wolken The question a leader needs to ask themselves every single day of every week is if they are being proactive enough.  In...

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Gratitude

Gratitude By: David Freund Have we lost the ability to be grateful? Have we as a nation lost perspective? Have we forgotten how truly blessed we are? My mom and...

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When Do You Feed Your Creativity?

When Do You Feed Your Creativity? Randy Wolken, President & CEO When do you take the time to feed your creative side?  The daily grind often leaves little space for...

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Time

Time By: David Freund Recently I have been having difficulty with time. I just never have enough of it. It seems that there is always way too much to do...

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Are You Ready for the Industrial Internet?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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Chart your path of growth.

Inspiration and insight designed to develop great leaders. Are You Living with Intentionality? Intentionality is one of my favorite words. In fact, my family and friends often tease me about...

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Are You Listening?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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Chart your path of growth.

Inspiration and insight designed to develop great leaders. Growth and Leadership Development This summer I turned 55. By most people's opinions if I have not learned it yet there's not...

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Do You Recognize the Genius Around You?

From the desk of Randy Wolken... President & CEO Weekly thoughts and insights from MACNY's President & CEO, Randy Wolken, designed to inspire and provoke thought among leaders within MACNY's...

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