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1. Video: How manufacturing powers the U.S. economy

C-Suite Brief | Mar 12, 2015

MAPI's new video takes a quick (and fun) look at how manufacturing makes our country wealthier, more innovative and more productive. The statistics come from our newly revamped Facts About Modern Manufacturing. Video Blank (03/09)

2. U.S. outlook: Strong dollar offsets low energy prices

C-Suite Brief | Mar 19, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
Through 2016, manufacturing is forecast to grow faster than the overall economy. Growth drivers include the construction supply chain, transportation equipment infrastructure and medical care expansion. Economic Outlook Blank (03/18)

3. 3D printing's future in manufacturing: More questions than answers

C-Suite Brief | Feb 26, 2015

3D printing can shorten supply chains and accelerate the pace of product innovation. How the technology will shape employment and outsourcing, however, remains to be seen, and the legal and regulatory framework still needs to be worked out. Blog Blank (02/18)

4. 3D printing and regional manufacturing competitiveness

C-Suite Brief | Mar 26, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
3D printing will fundamentally alter manufacturing ecosystems in certain industries. With the potential for shorter supply chains and greater end-user involvement in product innovation, this increasingly ubiquitous technology will reshape select regional manufacturing clusters and accelerate cluster-to-cluster spillover impacts. Policy Analysis Blank (03/20)

5. How to make the most of honest feedback

C-Suite Brief | Mar 05, 2015

It's not enough to be grateful for feedback, says John Baldoni in this blog post and video -- you also have to act upon the things you're told. "When the feedback is coming from a trusted source -- even if we don’t like that individual -- it should be considered, and changes made," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (02/27)

6. Manufacturing's momentum faces stumbling blocks

C-Suite Brief | Mar 26, 2015

Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., director of economic studies
Jobs are the bright spot in recent manufacturing data, which overall suggest a weak first quarter for the sector. Growth momentum is being held back by the strong dollar, slower growth in key economies and the fall in the price of oil. Economic Update Blank (03/17)

7. The economic ambitions of China's New Silk Road

C-Suite Brief | Feb 26, 2015

Yingying Xu, Ph.D., director of economic studies
China aims to facilitate trade through a New Silk Road spanning three continents and incorporating roads, railways, pipelines and ports. Energy security is one major driver for the massive undertaking. Issues in Brief Blank (02/23)

8. Stop emailing your team after hours

C-Suite Brief | Mar 19, 2015

Sending late-night emails stifles innovation and sets a bad example for employees, Maura Thomas writes. Instead, leaders should encourage workers to maintain their concentration while at work, Thomas writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (03/16)

9. Power up your performance

C-Suite Brief | Mar 12, 2015

Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank says that all other factors being equal, he'd hire a woman as CEO over a man "every time." Statistics from multiple sources support the idea that gender diversity improves corporate performance, including through stock returns and employee engagement. Blog Blank (03/06)

10. The post-recession state of U.S. manufacturing

C-Suite Brief | Mar 19, 2015

Yingying Xu, Ph.D., director of economic studies
Early signs suggest that the swift decline in American manufacturing since 2000 has leveled out. The possibility of a revival in the next decade largely depends on U.S. manufacturers' sourcing decisions and export performance. Policy Analysis Blank (03/10)

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