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Nov28

Why employees don’t take ownership

I recently had a conversation with a C-suite leader of a company that has 6,000+ employees who were implementing a significant organizational structure change to build in more accountability and ownership across 50 interconnected departments. The goal was to create an umbrella team who would be in charge of ensuring there was more transparency and communication between each department. This layer would aggregate and disseminate...

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Nov23

New challenges of using remote workers

The pandemic has changed workplace culture, probably forever. As events unfolded over the last few years, many employers shuttered their doors completely or scaled back to using only essential workers at their regular workplace. Remote workers became a commonplace occurrence rather than an unusual situation, even for traditional work-on-site businesses. Now that health conditions have generally improved, should your operation return...

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Nov21

Somebody better hit the brakes soon in Railway Dispute

Three railroad unions have now voted to reject a contract negotiated by the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) that had been accepted by eight other unions. This creates the possibility of a strike early next month and a return to the crippling supply chain problems last year. The White House and lawmakers will feel pressure to step in and head it off. They should wait and see first. Government intervention in the private sector is...

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Nov21

Talent shortages and inflation

About 20 to 25 percent of U.S. businesses provide training to their employees. This management commitment cuts across all types of businesses of all sizes. Here are some notable examples: Large Airbus Amazon American Airlines Boeing CVS KitchenAid Lowe’s Marriott United Airlines Medium Abt (IL) Bell & Howell Birmingham Water Works Board (AL) CCA Global Partners Cracker Barrel Intermedia Seattle Genetics (WA) Small LaSalle Network...

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Nov17

Good, better, best. Which one are you?

Personal achievement. Success. Fulfillment. Big words that every entrepreneur or salesperson seeks. “Get there by setting goals,” they say. “Wrong,” I say. Now, I’m not saying don’t set goals. I am saying don’t set big goals and think that they’re the direct path to personal achievement, fulfillment, or success. They’re not. In my experience, I have found most people set their goals for the wrong things and reasons. The problem with...

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Nov17

129 new Industrial Manufacturing Planned Industrial Project Reports – October 2022 recap

SalesLeads announced today the October 2022 results for the newly planned capital project spending report for the Industrial Manufacturing industry. The Firm tracks North American planned industrial capital project activity; including facility expansions, new plant construction, and significant equipment modernization projects. Research confirms 129 new projects in the Industrial Manufacturing sector. The following are selected...

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Nov17

How is Business?

As we wind down 2022, in writing this month’s column, I felt compelled to reflect on something that stuck with me from a keynote speaker from an event I recently attended.  The speaker had everyone in attendance stand up and instructed all of us to respond to his question with one word.  The question he asked was, “How is Business?”  Then with great exuberance, the entire audience responded with, “UNBELIEVABLE!”     That certainly set...

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