When any process change or culture change issue is introduced, one of the first questions management asks is “How long will this take?” or “When will we see dollars flow to the bottom line?” Time is an important element in change, but it is important to remember that time devoted to change should not be considered a negative or a sacrifice that we want to minimize. Instead, time should be viewed is a critical element

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Trust is built on truth and truth can be seen when actions match words, when promises made are kept and when expectations that are set are met. When we see physical evidence of a promise come to pass, we can develop trust for the source of the promise that the next time a promise is made, it will also be kept. A so great relationships are born – at home and in organizations.    

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Are you facing turnover at your company?  Probably not yet … but likely in the future.  According to the most recent Human Resource Executive® employees are more willing to “stick around…” at least for now.  “STICKING AROUND:  In a new survey of 533 employed Americans, 53 percent say they would prefer to stay with their current company, even if they were offered a good job at another organization.”  Source:  GfK Custom Research North America, New

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The Athlete within

Posted by Bryan Fass
Category : Blog

Are your employees athletes?  Do they train, eat, sleep and prepare like athletes?  Do your employees follow a scripted routine prior to a sales call to “warm up”? Sadly the answer to all of these questions is no, yet we expect our employees to come to work happy, healthy, productive and free of distractions…right? Employees and YOU need to embrace workplace wellness and fitness to achieve these goals.  Instead of making the path toward these

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For those of you that are responsible for cost control or analyze costs, you may receive total costs or a list of dollars spent by category each month. If you are lucky, dollars are split between fixed or variable. Fixed costs are dollars spent regardless of whether production is happening or not.Variable costs occur during or as the result of production – as part of the production “recipe”. If you are a superintendent being asked

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The old saying you are what you eat still carries a lot of weight, now more than ever.  The foods we eat and the drinks we consume can actually impeed productivity and slow us down. Whats in your vending machine or cafeteria?  Are the foods natural, un-packaged, free of sugars and man made chemicals?  Are the drinks loaded with caffeine, sugars, artificial sweetners and additives? Food and drink additives can be linked to many of

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In Phoenix, flowers bloom most of the year. A few months ago I purchased a flowering plant for a shaded garden. This plant required partial shade and water about once per week. It thrived during the winter and spring with the right balance of light and water. The light nurtured the leaves and the water nurtured the roots. Then we had a hot spell. I had not moved the plant or changed the watering schedule

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Last year I took a short vacation in Las Vegas. My arrived at one of the popular strip hotels and was told my room would not be ready for several hours. I had tickets for a 6:00pm show, so I asked to speak to a manager, but he seemed indignant that I expected to check in on time (amazing!). He told me that my room might not be ready until after 6pm. He implied that

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We buy new equipment to impact performance positively over the long term (i.e., over the life of the equipment). From the day of start-up, we expect results to be better, knowing that there could be some rough spots during ramp-up to full production, which can take months. Only the passage of time will confirm that the equipment met expected targets. A culture shift can happen in a moment when people are together. One thing said

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Leadership Lumber When constructing a stick built house, a contractor arrives on location with many tools.  Saws, drills, ladders and nail-guns make up an important part of the builder’s inventory.  The contractor has a copy of the blueprints as well as the required permits to begin construction.  Even though the contractor has tools, permits and blueprints, no house will be built until there is some lumber delivered to the job site.  The contractor can have

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