The folks over in Hamilton get it:
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s new president says manufacturing companies have to re-invent how they produce goods if they are to survive in a changing global marketplace. “The key to recovery and prosperity is to harness the full talents and capabilities of our people where they work,” said Ruth Liebersback, who came to Hamilton in 1974. Ms. Liebersback, chief financial officer for the Hamilton Bulldogs, told the chamber’s annual general meeting last week during her installation as the new chamber president, that despite the dire economic news surrounding Hamilton, there are opportunities to capitalize on. “We need to play to our strengths,” she said. Citing urban affairs analyst Richard Florida, Ms. Liebersbach said the manufacturing industry “needs to reinvent” industrial production by instilling new management models. Being creative means, she said, companies must adopt ideas from their workers … “We need to work together as one community and do it creatively,” she said.