In an effort to push forward with political, best practices, policies, image and other issues, the Manufactured Housing Industry is wise to take a page from IBM and get many voices involved. In an article for the New York Times (NYT) by Phil Gilbert, general manager of IBM Design, he credits success by giving all those involved a voice.
IBM’s Gilbert states: “But getting the best work out of a team isn’t about silencing the loudest person. It’s about getting everyone involved to explore every angle, bring all ideas to the surface and collaborate on a path forward.”
Gilbert says many different strategies used during his time at IBM says, “when your organization is in the midst of transformation — whether it is a three-person start-up hiring a fourth employee or a big global company leading major shifts in technology — you are faced with teams of people who don’t necessarily have the shared experiences that enable them to behave well together. Team dynamics can easily get in the way of good ideas, and the loudest voice often wins.”
Certainly, with manufactured housing on a 5 year uptick, but still at historically low levels and consolidations occuring on a routine basis, most pros would agree this is a time of transformation.
A recent article posted by MHProNews, Danny Ghorbani, President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) said: “In my view, manufactured housing is a unique industry, blessed with hard-working men and women who are dedicated to building the most affordable, safe, efficient and state-of-the-art homes for American families – and the time has come for an aggressive campaign to spread the industry’s positive message nationwide.” Read More
As noted in a recent DBN report, there are many voices that speak for Manufactured Housing, ranging from associations, corporate, investors, professionals and other interested parties. As IBM’s Gilbert noted, involvement now is a key to advancing the businesses that make up the MH industry. ##
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