Trust is a Must: Building a Collaborative Fiber Optic Team to Navigate Change and Stay Ahead in the Industry
In my 26 years in the fiber optic manufacturing industry, I've learned that trust is crucial when it comes to weathering change. At Data Center Systems (DCS), I've been fortunate enough to lead an incredibly talented team of manufacturing coworkers, most of whom have been here for 28 years, and I believe that trust is what has allowed us to navigate the constant shifts and challenges in our industry.
As the fiber optic industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it's important for companies to embrace change and stay ahead of the curve. This requires not only investing in the latest technologies and tools but also fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.
At the heart of this culture are the people who make up your team. As a manager, it's your job to identify key team members and lean on their strengths to drive your company forward. Whether it's a team member with a deep understanding of the latest connectivity standards, or someone with a knack for creative problem-solving, it's important to recognize and harness each individual's unique strengths and abilities.
One of the key challenges facing companies in the fiber optic industry is acquiring new employees with the necessary skill set. This is where it becomes even more important to build a strong, collaborative team culture. By creating an environment where new employees feel supported and valued, you can help them quickly integrate into your team and hit the ground running.
Of course, adapting to new technologies and ways of working can also come with its own set of challenges. It's natural to feel hesitant about investing in new ideas or processes, especially when there's a risk of failure. But it's important to remember that innovation requires taking risks and being open to new ideas.
As a leader, it's your job to create a safe and supportive environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their ideas and experimenting with new approaches. By celebrating successes and learning from setbacks, you can create a culture of continuous improvement and innovation that helps your company stay ahead of the curve.
In the end, the key to success in the fiber optic industry is building a strong, collaborative team culture that embraces change and innovation. By recognizing and harnessing the strengths of each team member, and fostering a culture of trust and experimentation, you can position your company for long-term success in this exciting and rapidly-evolving field.
I've always placed a high value on building and maintaining trust among my team members. By being transparent, following through on promises, and supporting my coworkers, I've worked hard to create an environment where trust can thrive. Troy Cummings - DCS Production Manager