These Least Likely Suspects Could Be Restricting Your Profitability From Innovation

Effective innovation will help you improve products and find more efficient ways to produce them. It fuels discoveries. All of which give you a competitive advantage and higher profitability. The innovation award winners in this study saw a 32% increase in return on assets and a 34% return on sales [...]

Safety and High-Performance Work Teams

Imagine you are in a lab. You have an unmarked bottle of chemicals you know are harmless, so you set the bottle down on a table, intending to get back to it later. Before you can, a co-worker stumbles onto the unmarked bottle. How will they know what to do? [...]

Strategic Alignment: What Is It and What Does It Mean?

When a car’s tire alignment is off, the vehicle may pull to one side or experience uneven tire wear. Bumpy roads, pot holes, or even hitting a curb can affect your car’s alignment, and a car with alignment issues won’t drive as well. Alignment enables peak performance.

How Happy Are You In Your Job?

In the daily grind and constant pressure to get your work done, you may not have taken a step back to examine your overall satisfaction with your job, your department and your company.  So, here’s a quiz to help you make that assessment. Please mark the answer that most closely [...]

Need Savings? … Don’t Just Cut Costs

It’s an all-too familiar scenario: Company leaders, alarmed at a sudden decrease in profits, issue a decree to curb business trips, count paper clips, or trim headcounts. They’re clearly thinking that the quickest way to boost profits is to cut costs.  But, they’re thinking wrong!  Let’s explore why this might [...]

Dumb Data? Why So Many Organizations Fail to Get Results

Let’s face it. For all of our talk about the importance of data, we’re still “data dumb,” meaning we collect the wrong data, let our data collect dust, or fail to interpret it correctly. Many companies gather data only to share it with a few people instead of using it [...]