Storytelling is the New Business Currency

Storytelling is the New Business Currency

In today’s economy, businesses have two main audiences their leadership teams need to connect with: internal customers (employees) and external customers (the people who buy their goods and services). Often times, companies use facts and figures to connect with these audiences. These pieces of communication only appeal to the logical...
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The Future of Manufacturing – Three Major Shifts Are Upon Us

The Future of Manufacturing – Three Major Shifts Are Upon Us

Recently, I was fortunate to see a speech from futurist Peter Diamandis. He spoke about what the future world of work would be like, and specifically talked about the workforce within manufacturing. It’s about to be transformed. Old constraints such as specialization in manufacturing skill set and tooling are going...
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The Revenge of Employees: Ghosting Employers is New Norm

The Revenge of Employees: Ghosting Employers is New Norm

From the days of Ebenezer Scrooge to Bill Lumbergh in “Office Space,” employers are typically portrayed in fiction as having the upper hand in the employer-employee relationship. For most employees, they feel that fiction is their sad reality. For decades, employers have felt that employees should be happy to have...
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How We See the World is How We Manage Our Company

How We See the World is How We Manage Our Company

As good leaders and managers within our businesses, we make hundreds of decisions each day. Those decisions typically revolve around strategy, execution, cash, and people. We read articles and books on how to grow our companies or teams, we attend seminars on strategy and execution, and we faithfully listen to...
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Fail Forward Into Success

Fail Forward Into Success

In business and in life, failure is going to occur.  It’s inevitable and it's necessary.  It is where the greatest amount of growth, learning and personal development occurs.  Each of us will handle failing in business differently, based upon how we view failure. Do you take on the Webster’s Dictionary...
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We are in the Strongest Hiring Boom in Over a Decade

We are in the Strongest Hiring Boom in Over a Decade

Nineteen percent of 11,500 U.S. employers have reported that they plan to add employees in Q1 2018, the strongest first-quarter hiring outlook in 10 years, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released in Dec. 2017. Positions not requiring a four-year degree reported the highest hiring number in over a...
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The Great American Employment Disconnect

The Great American Employment Disconnect

As of June this year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. has a record 6.2 million job openings. It’s the highest number since the Labor Department began tracking job postings in 2000. In contrast, there are 7 million jobless Americans. That’s more than one unemployed person for every available job....
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Watch the Labor Participation Rate, Not the Unemployment Rate

Watch the Labor Participation Rate, Not the Unemployment Rate

Every month, the media comments on the monthly unemployment numbers released by the federal government. The unemployment number dropped almost every month last year, which the media has been proclaiming is a good thing. In December, the unemployment rate dropped another 0.3 percentage points to 6.7 percent, the lowest unemployment...
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Skilled Trades: Redefining “Smart” Education

Skilled Trades: Redefining “Smart” Education

As Many As 31 Million Skilled Trades Positions Will Be Available by 2020 When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, my parents drilled into my head, “Go to college to get a good job.” The implication being, if I earned a four-year degree, a good-paying job would...
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Land Your Dream Job Now!

Land Your Dream Job Now!

LOOKING FOR YOUR “DREAM JOB” IN THE NEW YEAR As the New Year begins, many of us take inventory of our lives and look for ways of improvement. Besides joining a gym or signing up for a language class, one area where some decide a change is necessary is in...
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Create a Customer Focused Culture

Create a Customer Focused Culture

Recently, a major airline garnered world-wide attention because it had a passenger (paying customer) forcibly removed from an overbooked flight. Almost immediately, the video shot by fellow passengers showing the incident went viral across social media. Images of the passenger being dragged down the aisle by his arms and legs...
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Invest in Employees for Greater Profits

Invest in Employees for Greater Profits

For the 10th straight year, an annual survey by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consulting firm, reveals that one in three U.S. employers report difficulties finding employees, primarily due to talent shortages. The data showed two prominent pieces of information. The problem is getting worse, and employers aren’t doing much...
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