Does your vending machine hinder productivity?

Posted by Bryan Fass on January 01, 2000
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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

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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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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Companies estimate their earnings potential through assumptions about equipment capacity and cost. Those assumptions are grounded in the past – past experience with change and baggage from prior assignments that color what they believe is possible to achieve. If people could step outside their old paradigms and be open to understanding the drivers behind poor performance, the bars they set for determining potential would be different. The more people are willing to change their perspectives,

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The Super Bowl, Management Teams and Trust

Posted by Kay Sever on January 01, 2000
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On Super Bowl Sunday, all eyes follow two teams that earned the right to play because they demonstrated strong teamwork and skills over and over again. How many teams would make it to the Super Bowl if the team members did not trust each other? What if grudges off the field affected the execution of plays during the game? Let’s say that a quarterback and running back had a disagreement the day before the big

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You probably know about the power outage during the Superbowl. The game was full of action and players were giving it their all, but suddenly, one thing that everyone takes for granted during a game failed – the lights. When the lights went out, the game stopped. At that moment, the most talented football players or the most famous coaches in history could not have restarted the game. The chance for either team to win

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Today’s Leadership Challenge

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
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What is the biggest challenge you face as a leader?  Many students of leadership tell us that identifying and developing leaders always has and always will be a huge challenge.  If this is true, leaders of corporate America are in for a long uphill climb.  Consider the following information from Harry K. Jones:        –FORTUNE MAGAZINE reminds us that every seven seconds, someone turns 60.  That equates to 12,343 baby boomers       

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For decades, management teams have been trained to “say what is correct” to make change happen. One thing has been missing from the process – the step that gets you ready for change. What do I mean by that? All lasting change starts in the mind, not the mouth. For example, you can go to classes on how to lose weight, but you have to set your mind to losing weight before you can stick

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