Why the Inertia Around Business Change?

Why do some people, when faced with a mandatory hurricane evacuation, refuse to leave their homes? They might simply be, well, nuts. Or, according to Dr. Keith Ablow—a psychiatrist and frequent contributor to the New York Times— they may be experiencing something called “reflex denial”: they have trouble believing that a rare, highly dramatic event... Read More »

3 Ways to Accelerate Supply Chain Excellence (SlideShare)

Supply chains have never been more critical to business performance. However, they have also become increasingly distributed, global and interconnected. This represents an urgent challenge for businesses that need to find leaders who are able to manage complex relationships strategically. Companies that find and develop the right talent are discovering new ways to turn supply... Read More »

What’s the Single Greatest Motivator for Your Employees?

No, it isn’t money. But it does begin with an M. It’s meaning. To retain high performers, “their work needs to provide them with meaning – a sense they are doing something important, that they are fulfilling their destiny,” wrote Alan Murray in The Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management. “These psychological needs are... Read More »

Are You Forging Your Supply Chain with Forgeries?

Recent headlines about counterfeit goods would alarm any supply chain manager (and for that matter, anyone on the planet). Stories involving tainted supply chains are popping up everywhere from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to industry-specific publications. Instances of fakes range from the more familiar (phony designer handbags and smartphones) to the... Read More »

3 Ways to Accelerate Supply Chain Excellence (White Paper)

Supply Chains have taken on a renewed strategic importance. Technology has opened a world of procurement, manufacturing, and transportation options requiring advanced levels of decision making from Supply Chain leaders. Companies are beginning to value attributes like agility or long-term sustainability over cost per unit produced and firms are rethinking how to measure success in... Read More »

Flat, Be Nimble

A recent article in Chief Learning Officer Magazine, “The Power of Sponsorship at Gore”, highlighted the unusual corporate structure of W. L. Gore & Associates (known for its signature fabric Gore-Tex as well as industrial and medical products). What’s unusual about it: it’s a flat organization. There are no managers or executives, except for the... Read More »

3 Ways to Make Employee Engagement a Strategic Asset

Employee engagement is essentially the measure of your enthusiasm for work. That may sound oxymoronic to some, but considering that most of us spend the majority of our lives in a workplace, employee engagement has significant ramifications for personal health, happiness and well-being. But its importance is not limited to individuals. Researchers repeatedly find it... Read More »

Practicing Positive Leadership

Unleashing Positive Energy As a part of University of Michigan’s course on Practicing Positive Leadership, Dr. Kim Cameron shares how you can re-train your brain and go a step further to unlock the potential of your organization. Studies show that positive leaders live longer, earn more money, and elevate the performance of their teams. Take... Read More »

Mending the Broken Bridge Between Employers and Job Hopefuls

Despite a 5.5 % national unemployment rate which translates to nearly 8.5 million people, approximately 5 million jobs remain unfilled, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Why are these jobs still open? It’s not a shortage of workers, but a shortage of skilled workers. This is according to many experts who have pointed to... Read More »