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Why The Key to Innovation is Failure with Kimberly Wiefling

Today on The WAM Podcast, host Rosemary Coates welcomes Kimberly Wiefling of Wiefling Consulting. Kimberly is known throughout Silicon Valley as the Guru of Innovation. She is a physicist by training, a techno-nerd, and an extraordinary networker and today, we discover how she has come to be one of the most respected business owners by her manufacturing clients worldwide. We can all agree that innovation and creativity are essential to the evolution of any business. But what type of mindset and environment fosters innovation and creativity most effectively? According to Kimberly, nothing kills creativity and innovation quicker than perfectionism, and that making mistakes, taking necessary risks, and failing is the fastest way to rebuild it!

In this episode, we hear fascinating examples of how Kimberly has encouraged failure amongst manufacturing companies across the globe and the outcomes that this shift in thinking has produced. We also discuss the new-collar jobs that are emptying factory floors worldwide, challenges of transportation, sourcing locally, and why creativity and innovation are needed more than ever before to solve and evolve the world of manufacturing today.

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Meet Our Guest, Kimberly Wiefling

Kimberly Wiefling is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, and co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances. She helps strengthen individuals, teams and organizations so that they overcome the most common causes of failure, fix things that damage and destroy companies, and survive in a world of disruptive change. She and her team do this through her highly engaging, experiential, interactive "Learning Laboratories". Kimberly lives in Silicon Valley, and has worked all across the US, Europe and Asia. Her superpower is bringing people together, across borders and boundaries of every kind, to achieve what seems “impossible”, but is merely difficult. Her first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese. She has edited and co-authored an additional 6 books in the “Scrappy Guides” series, and dozens of blogs. Her latest book is a collection of insights from 16 Silicon Valley consultants, "Turning Ideas Into Impact". Her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her new bi-lingual (English & Japanese) book “Inspired Organizational Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future. Kimberly strongly believes that companies doing business across borders and boundaries of every kind are a powerful force for peace in Our World. She is committed to supporting purpose-driven organizations in attracting high-quality investors and the best people through the competitive advantage of a healthy organizational culture. Her big dream is that, one day, both investments and workers will preferentially flow to these kinds of organizations instead of the soul-sucking variety, and the sick, twisted, dysfunctional organizations of Our World will wither and die for lack of financial resources and the talented people they've driven away to more life-affirming workplaces... for a better world.

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Meet Our Host, Rosemary Coates

Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Systems Consulting. Prior to BSC, she was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China.