The  Value  in  being “ A  Flashlight  Holder ” <br />By  E. Shirl Donaldson<br />
A light unto my Path<br />This is an experiential paper. <br />Knowledge and perspective gained from a personal experience...
Intellectual Merit & Broader Impact<br />The writer’s motivation<br />Is this a scholarly writing?<br />Broader Impact may...
Family Owned Business<br />Marrying an entrepreneur is like marrying into the Mob. <br />Once you get in, you never get ou...
Small Business<br />It is often said that everyone wears several hats in a small business. <br />Wearing the hats is easy....
Manufacturing <br />Spending time in a small manufacturing firm, gives an individual opportunities to learn new skills con...
Teamwork - Coordination<br />She who holds and He who repairs<br />
Ergonomics, Form & Function<br />Purchasing practices of Equipment, service records, reliability <br />Relationships with ...
Critical Thinking<br />If you inspect and sort 3 crates of finished goods, individually, by hand, you start to question wh...
Industrial Context<br />Recalculation <br /> True costs of ownership and operations<br />
Leadership Lessons<br />Leading by Example<br />Other Female Role Models<br />Objectivity vs. Subjectivity<br />
Managerial Lessons<br />Motivation for cost saving<br /> Cash flow challenges<br />Hiring practices – operator, programmer...
		Inside Perspective<br />NOTE:<br />This is an experiential paper. <br />Knowledge gained from a personal experience not ...
Graduate Research  in Aviation Technology – A Male Dominated Industry<br />Interdisciplinary   Research  Teams<br />Hanger...
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The Value in being The Flashlight Holder. By Shirl Donaldson

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Marrying an entrepreneur is like marrying into the mob. Once you get in, you never get out and you do things that you never considered. In a family owned business you do your job and then anything else required to garner payment from the customer. Gender becomes almost irrelevant. Knowledge and experience are critical. Working in a family owned business brings a unique perspective.

It is often said that everyone wears several hats in a small business. Wearing the office hats is easy. Donning the steel toe shoes, tool kit or safety glasses changes the scope. Spending time in a small manufacturing firm gives individual opportunities to learn skills continuously. These skills include sales, marketing, quality functions, purchasing, machining, material handling, maintenance and repair, logistics and yes - holding the flashlight.

As an insider, the demand and compensation for technical talent versus clerical or administrative talent becomes obvious. Economic decisions often hinge on the skill level and availability of mechanical and industrial personnel.

Every task, whether significant or not, holds the potential to teach great lessons. If you hold the flashlight for two hours while someone disassembles a drive shaft inside the back panel of a CNC machine to replace a broken part, you learn about; schematics, team work, force and friction, lubricants, ergonomics and opportunity costs. Similarly, if you inspect and sort three crates of finished goods, individually, by hand, you start to question what went wrong. Was there an operator error, a machine failure or is the manufacturing process flawed? Opportunities for critical thinking emerge. Very few tasks are actually mindless. Flashlight holders develop a respect for logic, science, technology and excellence.

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The Value in being The Flashlight Holder. By Shirl Donaldson

  1. 1. The Value in being “ A Flashlight Holder ” <br />By E. Shirl Donaldson<br />
  2. 2. A light unto my Path<br />This is an experiential paper. <br />Knowledge and perspective gained from a personal experience not formal research.<br />
  3. 3. Intellectual Merit & Broader Impact<br />The writer’s motivation<br />Is this a scholarly writing?<br />Broader Impact may start with 1 small point of contact!<br />
  4. 4. Family Owned Business<br />Marrying an entrepreneur is like marrying into the Mob. <br />Once you get in, you never get out and you do things that you never considered. <br /> In a family owned business you do your job and then anything required to garner payment from the customer.<br /> Gender becomes almost irrelevant.<br /> Knowledge and experience are critical. <br /> Working in a family owned business affords a unique perspective. <br />
  5. 5. Small Business<br />It is often said that everyone wears several hats in a small business. <br />Wearing the hats is easy. <br />Donning the steel toe shoes, tool kit or safety glasses changes the game. <br />
  6. 6. Manufacturing <br />Spending time in a small manufacturing firm, gives an individual opportunities to learn new skills continuously. <br />These skills include sales, marketing, quality functions, purchasing, training, machining, material handling, maintenance and repair, logistics <br />and yes - holding the flashlight.<br />
  7. 7. Teamwork - Coordination<br />She who holds and He who repairs<br />
  8. 8. Ergonomics, Form & Function<br />Purchasing practices of Equipment, service records, reliability <br />Relationships with service departments & personnel <br />
  9. 9. Critical Thinking<br />If you inspect and sort 3 crates of finished goods, individually, by hand, you start to question what went wrong?<br />Was there an operator error, a machine failure or is the manufacturing process flawed?<br />Critical thinking emerges. <br />Very few tasks are actually mindless. A respect for logic, science, technology and excellence is developed. <br />
  10. 10. Industrial Context<br />Recalculation <br /> True costs of ownership and operations<br />
  11. 11. Leadership Lessons<br />Leading by Example<br />Other Female Role Models<br />Objectivity vs. Subjectivity<br />
  12. 12. Managerial Lessons<br />Motivation for cost saving<br /> Cash flow challenges<br />Hiring practices – operator, programmer and repair skills<br />Positions for women or small men – deburring, packaging & inventory<br />
  13. 13. Inside Perspective<br />NOTE:<br />This is an experiential paper. <br />Knowledge gained from a personal experience not formal research.<br />Finally, as an insider, the demand and compensation for technical talent versus clerical or administrative talent become obvious.<br /> Economic decisions often hinge on the skill level and availability of mechanical and industrial personnel.<br />
  14. 14. Graduate Research in Aviation Technology – A Male Dominated Industry<br />Interdisciplinary Research Teams<br />Hanger of the Future Real-Time Manpower Planning <br />

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