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New Orleans State of Mind

Published October 17, 2014 I arrived in New Orleans to speak at APICS 2014 on empowering and engaging employees, and so I'm in the New Orleans state of mind. Certainly, as my bio confirms, one of my favorite spots anywhere is Cafe du Monde. Where else do you have [...]

Manufacturing Wages are Going UP!

Published October 10, 2014 I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the fast rise of manufacturing wages in some areas. The largest increase has been in Texas at 25%; however, wages are beginning to rise across the board. According to my skills gap research study, [...]

Innovation Does NOT Need to be the Next iPhone!

Published September 26, 2014 In today's Wall Street Journal, there is an article about Alan Turing who believed strongly in artificial intelligence and is one of the pioneers related to understanding the power of the computer. What I found compelling about the article was it's sub-title, "Today's biggest innovations [...]

Home Depot Data Breach: Are You Prepared?

Published September 19, 2014 Home Depot has been in the news lately about the recent data breach. It turns out that it is FAR bigger than Target's data breach. 56 million cards might be affected. This is the latest in a series of big retailers woes with data security. [...]

Learn from German Success: Apprenticeships to Fill Skills Gaps

Published September 12, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, although there is federal and state attention being placed on building apprenticeship programs to fill the skills gaps, it is off to a slow start. According to my research, 87% are experiencing skills gaps. Why not consider options to [...]

Amazon & US Postal Service Collaborate for Success

Published September 5, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, Amazon and the US Postal Service are testing a new delivery service for groceries including meat, produce etc. They already partner on Sunday deliveries and are expanding their collaboration efforts to see if this new model can be successful. [...]

Apple & Google use innovation to address skills gap – are you?

Published August 29, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are on the hunt for software prodigies to develop apps. They see advantages in younger thinking (13 year old whiz kids are becoming more common). It is also a new avenue to find talent. As evidenced [...]

2020-10-05T20:15:36+00:00August 29, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking|

Are You Prepared for a Systems Failure?

Published August 22, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, the U.S.'s largest drugstore chain Walgreens had a database glitch and customers were unable to fill prescriptions. The database issue hit 8200 pharmacy locations. Some customers were inconvenienced while others might be waiting in excruciating pain for the system [...]

Fit Matters! Just Ask J.C. Penney

Published August 15, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, J.C. Penney's climb out from potential imminent disaster continued last month. J.C. Penney reported higher sales, wider margins and a smaller quarterly loss. Although that might not seem like much to celebrate, it is a night and day difference [...]

2020-10-05T20:17:22+00:00August 15, 2014|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , |
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