Jan 25, 2016

7 Tips to Managing Millennials in Manufacturing

Pat Dean is the Director of Recruiting at Advanced Technology Services and he gives 7 tips on how to manage Millennials in manufacturing. According to the his article, the 7 Best Ways To manage Millennials In Manufacturing are as follow:

  1. Let Millennials collaborate
  2. Let them work while on the go 
  3. Offer training and development opportunities
  4. Set clear career paths
  5. Be open to integrating new technology
  6. Create a mentoring program
  7. Give Millennials a purpose
The most important thing to do as a manager of a Millennial is to get to know them. They are well studied and eager to learn when the manager or mentor takes an interest in them. Use Pat Dean's 7 tips to help you adapt your managing style to fit the Millennial's work style.

Jan 19, 2016

7 Essential Leadership Traits!

What essential leadership traits should every leader possess?

According to the 7 Essential Leadership Traits for 2016, by Don Trone, Mary Lou Wattman and Steve Branham, the traits are as follows:
  1. Courage
  2. Purpose
  3. Passion
  4. Alignment
  5. Adaptability
  6. Accountability
  7. Resilience
As 2016 begins, leaders have already seen many changes within their organizations and industry and need to apply each one of these traits in order to deal with their challenges. Please share your challenges that you have faced and what traits or solutions you used to overcome those challenges. The best kind of learning are actual challenges and solutions that your peers faced, just like the articles uses the Apollo 13 CO2 scrubber challenge.

Jan 13, 2016

7 Workplace Communications Sins

Have you fallen victim to these 7 Deadliest Communication Sins by Skip Weisman?

1. Lack of specificity
2. Lack of respectful rebuttals
3. Lack of focus on desirable behaviors
4. Lack of immediacy
5. Lack of appropriate tone & body language
6. Lack of focused attention
7. Lack of directness & candor

By Resources Unlimited

Jan 5, 2016

5 Barriers that Kept Microsoft from Beating the iPhone!

Does your company's changes fail on a consistent basis?

Many companies fail at change because the company does not take into account the organizations culture. The organizations culture includes both the business side and the company's emotional side of the decision. According to Professor Quy Huy article, Five Reasons Most Companies Fail at Strategy Execution, Microsoft failed at beating the iPhone not because of lack of resources but because of its organizational culture.

Huy's identifies 5 barriers that most companies face when dealing with change. 

1. Mistrust and low sharing of useful and timely information
2. Low receptivity to effortful change
3. More talk than action, then misaligned action
4. Mechanistic action
5. Complacency

The key to success in any change within an organization is a good plan of action and an even better culture. To build a better culture, a company needs to figure out how to communicate with each other and DISC provides that common language between all employees.