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Blog: Procrastination in 2020

Two words I am hearing lately in the business community are “Uncertainty” and “Change.” Uncertainty in 2020 is easily attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, the employee/employer working relationship,...
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Blog: Life Lessons Learned from Two Days Behind Bars

Last year, I volunteered to go to prison for a weekend with other CEOs. Yes, you read that correctly. I willingly chose to leave the safety and security of my home, fly from Michigan...
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Blog: Embrace Change in 2020

As we start a new decade, there will be inevitably lots of changes in the business world. Oftentimes people feel that changes happen to them. Changes can come from clients, from employees, from government...
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Blog: 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...
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Blog: Employers are Their Own Worst Enemy in the Battle for Talent

I have been a recruiter for more than 25 years, the past 23 as the president of Diversified Industrial Staffing. In that time, I have seen a lot of hiring cycles, shifts in unemployment, a...
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Blog: Invest in People, Robots to Better Manufacturing

Manufacturing production in the U.S. is estimated to grow 2.8 percent from 2018-2022 (a faster increase than other segments of the general economy), and manufacturing continues to have an outsized influence on regional economies. Longstanding economic analysis has posited for every dollar invested in manufacturing, the result is $1.40 in additional economic activity.
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Blog: Occasionally Unproductive Employees and the Johari Window

Have you ever worked with a co-worker who, on occasion, acts in an unproductive or self-defeating way? Often, they seem oblivious to their behavior — it’s like they cannot help themselves.

Blog: 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.

Blog: 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.

Blog: 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.