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Rust and Reward: A Well-Coated Life

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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When Joyce Wright started in industrial coatings, she was so green that she didn’t touch paint for two years. Today, she is godmother to many industry leaders.
 
Joyce Wright

The journey took more than 30 years—most good, some not so much, Wright, program manager for organizational development at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, says in a new video about her life in coatings.

Wright, who pioneered a well-attended “Women in the Coatings Industry” session this year at SSPC 2011, sat down recently with Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings editor Karen Kapsanis to reflect on leadership, training, change and a career built on bustin’ rust.

‘We Don’t Have Time for That’

Some Wrightisms:
  • On Mentoring: “My mentors were really unspoken mentors. I didn’t really ask anybody to be my mentor. I don’t know that I really had that option in the years that I came up through the industry. But I missed that, and I wished I’d had it.”
  • On Change: “As an industry, we have got to open our minds and our doors to change. If we spent half as much time as I see some people spending on how not to do a procedure or how not to have to follow all of those  steps, we would probably be light years ahead of what we are now.”
  • On Environmentalists: “We’ve got to have people on our staffs that probably have been so-called people that we don’t talk to. Those are the people we need to work together on. Environmentalists—they should be on our staffs as we do coatings.”
  • On Leadership Development: “Leaders don’t just come out of the woodwork.  All of us that have been with SSPC and in this industry for many, many years, we evolved. And a  lot of us have had to evolve alone. And we don’t have time for that anymore.”

   

Tagged categories: Marine Coatings; Northrop Grumman; SSPC; Worker training

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