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Now you’re speaking my language: Identifying, assessing, and developing your team’s most-needed skills

In this Big Picture Interview, learn why clear, consistent communication is vital to any reliability initiative.

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Brian Dunn, CMRP, CRL, is vice president of facility maintenance and energy at Americold Logistics, a Dallas-based provider of cold-storage and supply-chain infrastructure and services. In a keynote presentation at MARCON, UT-RMC’S annual maintenance and reliability conference in Knoxville, TN, in March, Dunn discussed critical elements of creating and executing on a reliability vision. First and foremost, he said, is workforce development: identifying, assessing, and developing your team’s most-needed skills. Dunn later elaborated further in a conversation with Plant Services managing editor Christine LaFave Grace.PS: You said, "If you don't develop your people…

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    By Glyn Thorman, maintenance and reliability consultant

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