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Putting Our "Why" Into Action
Posted on 02/23/2021

In my last post, I introduced Why We Exist: To impact individual growth so we can together strengthen and grow our families and community. So, how does that look when put into action? And how can we use it to better the people and environment around us?

Like anything else in life (your faith, golf swing, distance running, etc.), you have to practice and be intentional if you want to improve. Here at Micron, we follow that same mentality - day in and day out. We continually identify and observe behavior that supports and reinforces our “why”. And, if there are missed opportunities, we identify those as well. Because every opportunity is a chance to learn, improve and grow.

So, what's a good example of this? A machinist approaches you (a coworker) for help troubleshooting a machine process not meeting spec. You listen, share your knowledge to remedy the problem, coach and help them grow their skills. My father, Ed (pictured), was that guy. He took every opportunity he could to help others reach their full potential, while influencing positive behavior and impacting the overall company culture around him. Take the same situation; but instead, you grumble, inform the person how busy you are and go fix the problem without any explanation. This is a missed opportunity. An opportunity to help an individual grow and to lead by example for others. It’s obvious which person supports and reinforces our "why", helping the company grow so we can all “strengthen and grow our families and community” together.

Our culture is strong here at Micron, but we constantly remind ourselves not to take it for granted. Because, just like a golf swing, there's always room for improvement. With practice and intention, we use our "why" every single day to bring out the best in ourselves, in others and in the company.

-Mike Preston, Micron President


Why Micron Exists
Posted on 02/12/2021

Why does Micron exist? Seems like a hokey question. It must be obvious to everyone at Micron. We are a 3rd generation business started in 1952; Provide necessary jobs to make a profit and live our lives.

In 2019, a member of the leadership team, brought a book into the conversation by Simon Sinek, The Why. After reading the book, “why” we exist, was no longer a hokey question. Discussions at our weekly leadership meeting took place by following the process the book outlined. We had ample time on our hands during the 2020 slowdown but finally came up with our “why”: To impact individual growth so we can together strengthen and grow our families and community. As I reflect on this, it’s what our founder, my father Ed, (man, I miss that guy) never said but did by example. Why have a “why”? We are using it to promote confidence, trust, protection, respect, approachability and value to everyone in our workforce.

In my next post, I will share how the leadership team is setting in motion the “why” to influence behavior and impact culture.

-Mike Preston, Micron President


Micron Hosts City of Grand Rapids Employees and Members of MLC
Posted on 2/24/2020

Wednesday, February 19th, Micron had the honor of hosting some of the City of Grand Rapids finest employees and members of the Michigan Lean Consortium.

Alen Ganic and his crew stopped by to see the facility and plan a post MLC event tour. We loved their passion and enthusiasm for Lean. It was a great couple of hours where we were able to share our history and some of our visual systems for controlling our new product launch, shop floor scheduling, and preventative maintenance.

Time for shameless plug… if you or someone in your organization is interested in Lean, networking, and spending the day learning some pretty cool stuff that will help your organization, please sign up for the 4th MLC/CoGR/GVSU Annual Workshop on May 28th, 2020.