140: Redefining the Role of a Chief Information Officer with Tim Dickson, CIO of Generac

Tim Dickson, Chief Innovation Officer at Generac, joins Manufacturing Happy Hour to discuss what it takes to be a modern IT leader. From digital transformation to diversity, innovation, and best practices, this episode is packed with expert insights on taking your manufacturing leadership game up a gear. Tim also gives us an inside look at Generac Power Systems, not only in terms of what they do, but how they’re innovating as well (even in unconventional ways). Plus, we’ll hear how he builds on his leadership skills every single week, including a literal “wake up call” that might not be for the night owls in the audience.


Apple | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | YouTube

3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. Acknowledging diversity is an essential part of being a contemporary manufacturing leader. 
  2. If you’re going to drive change, you have to understand and communicate what those changes set out to achieve. 
  3. It’s crucial to set aside time to level up your leadership qualities. 

Enjoying the show? Please leave us a review here. Even one sentence helps. It’s feedback from Manufacturing All-Stars like you that keeps us going!

Tweetable Quotes

  • “If you’re going to drive change, you have to understand and articulate the value of what that change is going to do.” 
  • “Knowledge is key. What you can do with that knowledge is what brings something forward.” 
  • “You have to have best practices.” 

Please Scroll Down for Recommended Resources from this Episode

Do you want to connect with other leaders that are moving the needle in manufacturing everyday? Then make sure to join us in the Manufacturing Happy Hour Industry Community on LinkedIn. 

EPLAN provides software and service solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, automation, and mechatronics engineering. They’ve developed one of the world’s leading design software solutions for machine, plant, and panel builders, providing data-driven panel design capabilities to manufacturers. Click here to listen to our full interview with EPLAN’s International Solutions Architect Sean Mulherrin.

Interested in generating leads through videos, podcasts, or other digital content? Then make sure to check out our 6 Strategies for Growing Your Manufacturing Business Using Social Media. 

What We Discuss with Tim Dickson

  • What Generac does 
  • The new definition of a CIO 
  • How to drive digital transformation 
  • How Tim levels up his leadership skills 
  • Why he gets up at 4am 
  • The importance of diversity 
  • Secrets of the Milwaukee tech community 
  • What innovation looks like at Generac 
  • How to help your team transform 

Recommended Resources

Connect with Tim Dickson

LinkedIn | Twitter