What are some of the leadership lessons Naji Gebara has learned in his career experience? How does he incorporate those into the company’s culture?
Naji’s beginning on the shop floor broadened his inner knowledge while growing his perspective of the PGF team. Just as the assemblies became more and more complex, the insight gained by Naji continuously expanded. This hands-on experience guides him to provide leadership without empty promises but rather knowledge-based fundamentals. From this standpoint, the training process became evident in a two-step summary: (1) Give them the tools and (2) Let them dream about new ways to excel. By allowing for creativity and utilizing his leadership lessons, Naji Gebara is giving the PGF team the room to grow exponentially.
In following the first step of the PGF training process, employees can employ personal creativity and ideas. Training modules, strong leaders, and an open environment are critical to providing individuals the opportunities to grow and succeed. From project leaders to PCB floor managers, employees interact and learn with all members of PGF. After all, Naji encourages employees to reach their highest potential through a supportive work environment with personal and career-focused opportunities.
To promote a supportive environment amongst co-workers and leaders, Naji motivates employees to dream about new ways to excel. With plans to improve workstations, enhance employee skill sets, and integrate cutting-edge technology, the PGF company culture continues to head toward progress and success. Likewise, Naji’s journey from cable assembler to CEO demonstrates the endless growth opportunities at PGF.
PGF’s second core value notes that employees are like family. As a small business, this understanding marks PGF as a company that has kept the family feel within a corporate structure. This family grows through job-specific teams and well-versed leaders while providing high-quality work. Additionally, Naji’s leadership lessons and family mindset lead to the other two company values. These values state that customers are the priority, and innovation is a continuous process.
The PGF Team is a PGF Family
Above all, the leadership lessons fostered from Gebara’s personal experience shape the PGF team as a PGF family. With many PGF leaders starting with Naji over a decade ago, the PGF family is a strong and inviting group. All in all, PGF motivates employees to utilize the tools provided and express personal creativity for personal and corporate success.
Set the Alarm
For every project, the Electronics Manufacturing Service Provider (EMS Provider) strives to enable partners on-time delivery (OTD) services. The initial conversations between provider and partner are necessary to establish the proper steps to success. Overall, these conversations develop the needs of the project at hand and indicate priorities for the build. Delivering on-time services is critical for customer service and proper project completion.
Setting the alarm before bed takes careful consideration. How many times will you press snooze? When will you eat breakfast? How long does it take for you to do your signature hair-do? Similarly, setting the timer for a project takes thoughtful deliberation. Key factors include expertise, staffing, technology standards, and transparency on the supplier side.
Firstly, an experienced supplier should effectively build their services to support their customers’ needs. In practice, these solutions extend past assembly to industry knowledge. To strive for on-time delivery, a supplier should:
- Evaluate Obsolete Parts
- Check End-of-Life Parts
- Assess Lead Times
- Review Applications for Components
- Provide Substitutions/Alternatives
Overall, experience in the industry allows certain suppliers the inner know-how to navigate component acquisition and potential production time.
Knowledge alone cannot prevent sleeping through the alarm. Proper employee training in the correct positions is crucial to waking up refreshed and ready to go!
If a company is understaffed and overworked, the delivery goal will be much harder to reach. Regular assessments of business practices, managerial roles, and training practices must occur to counter this problem. Establishing effective training procedures and recognition allows the right employee to fill a vital position.
After all, companies operating with the best person for each task are guaranteed to create an efficient production process with fewer snooze button hits.
Coupled with the right team, establishing top-notch technology and machinery streamlines production processes wherever possible. For instance, Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) machines perform PCB Assembly tasks such as component placement more quickly than complete manual assembly.
For companies searching for a supplier, it is essential to visit the facility or receive a list of the machinery they can equip for your project. Furthermore, if your project is for a growing industry, such as Electric Vehicles, evaluating the machinery for its longevity eliminates future supplier changes and production delays.
On the whole, constant updates reassure the customer that the supplier has their best interest in mind. This honest feedback incorporates positive and negative situations involved with a project’s progress. For example, suppose a supplier becomes aware of a pending issue that will delay the procurement of specific components if a different course is not taken. In that case, they should immediately notify the customer to plan an alternate solution and maintain trust.
These constant discussions could generate new ideas to continue the path to on-time delivery, even when blocks seemingly get in the way.
Avoid Hitting the Snooze
In summary, with a customer’s keen attention to supplier services and the supplier’s constant assessment of their capabilities, partners can achieve on-time delivery even in times of supply chain turmoil. The final piece of advice is for both parties to have realistic goals. Especially during component shortages, everyone should review the path to production with the goal of re-defining order periods and lead times. With all of these tips in mind, springing out of bed at the first alarm should come easily!
How are you assisting aspiring entrepreneurs working hard to get their business off the ground?
The role of a CEO requires both internal motivation and external support for all business-minded individuals. Naji Gebara builds relationships with customers to assist aspiring entrepreneurs as they continue to work hard and improve their businesses. Additionally, Gebara takes direct action in encouraging a business plan and promoting ambitious innovation.
By beginning with a business plan, focusing on core values, and working hard in all aspects of the company, Naji Gebara knows the road to success means determining the perfect map. Entrepreneurs write their maps as they cartograph new paths into exciting business spaces; they must always have a vision and aspirations for this journey. However, aspiring entrepreneurs cannot live in the future; they must work toward it. PGF can advise this work due to our experience in the industry. In addition, Gebara’s industry knowledge provides entrepreneurs with the necessary assistance to create the right business plan for each project.
Naji Gebara and PGF are constantly accommodating new businesses with their latest projects. By offering prototype services and low-volume verification, PGF gives new partnerships the time to grow and succeed through thoughtful product integration and in-depth discussions about future activities. After all, using PGF prototype services showcase Naji Gebara’s devotion to quality products, services, and customer relationships.
Additionally, PGF’s ability to predict future trends and prepare for ambitious innovation allows up-and-coming businesses to trust us with cutting-edge ideas. After all, one of our core values notes that innovation is a continuous process. This innovation includes implementing digitized work instructions, automated quality check machines, and expanded facility space to anticipate future work. Furthermore, Naji’s implementation of technological advances into the manufacturing process improves PGF products and services, leaving opportunities for growth and assistance of other entrepreneurs. PGF is prepared to encourage and work with aspiring entrepreneurs with such company upgrades.
PGF Leadership: Lifting Entrepreneurs
Naji Gebara’s experience starting as a cable assembler and working up the ladder to current CEO showcases his journey as an aspiring entrepreneur. In taking leadership, Naji has improved PGF tremendously and encourages others through the variety of services offered within the company. From drafting a business plan with customers to internally maximizing efficiency, PGF promotes effective business strategies across the company. All in all, Naji demonstrates PGF leadership as high-quality performance that leaves customers satisfied and lifts aspiring entrepreneurs.