Manage Change: Real Struggles in the Real World

Manage Change: Real Struggles in the Real World

The word change evokes many emotions and reactions, even more in a business setting. One of the best definitions that I have found is listed on the Merriam-Webster site: change is “to undergo a modification of”. This definition, which includes the example of leaves...

Ergonomics Month: Spooky, Scary, (damage to your) Skeletons

Ergonomics Month: Spooky, Scary, (damage to your) Skeletons

You know what’s scary? Watching people sit at their desks. It’s like Michael Meyers just went on a murder spree and that’s just how they wound up – all slumped over and uncomfortable-looking, necks and arms at odd angles with their eyes glazed over. All cheesy...

Leading with Divine Purpose

Leading with Divine Purpose

A personal side from our Lean Manager, Phil My childhood was filled with mistakes, bad circumstances, and failures. My father was not a father and I had to figure who I was at an early age and own it. At sixteen, my grandfather told me that we are a product of our...

NeoCon Notes: A take from a tradeshow newcomer

NeoCon Notes: A take from a tradeshow newcomer

This was my second trip to the NeoCon event in Chicago in as many years and it felt different this time around. I drove down to the show from Holland, Michigan with a few OMT-Veyhl interns, which was an event all its own – interesting people with different...

The True Costs of Buying Offshore

The True Costs of Buying Offshore

Everyone knows that price is one of the most important factors when making any buying decision.  Throughout my career as a purchasing agent, it has been my experience that certain countries on the other side of the world frequently provide a great piece-price, making...

Good Neighbors and Tacos: Culture Observations from an LA Transplant

Good Neighbors and Tacos: Culture Observations from an LA Transplant

Before I moved to Holland in 2012 I had never been to the west side of the state. I had visited Michigan about a dozen times before and every time I stayed in Midland. I had been to Detroit, but only to the airport. I would spend some time at my in-law’s lake house...

Color Cures Boredom: Thoughts from an Engineer

Color Cures Boredom: Thoughts from an Engineer

As a career mechanical design engineer and a bit of a nerd, I often live in a “black and white” universe, constantly breaking solutions down into “ones and zeros” and “straight lines and circles”. Many would think of this as a boring outlook and I must admit that it...