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Transform Your Organization by Putting People First

Posted by Dan Grant on Oct 25, 2017 11:50:00 AM

We’re in the era of “always-on transformation,” says organizational change expert, Jim Hemerling, during his TED Talk on tactics businesses can use to successfully implement change. The rate of globalization and technological advancements require organizations to be nimble to adapt to an ever-shifting landscape. Change can be difficult, exhausting, and we typically resist it when it’s imposed on us. But if leaders are more proactive in their execution, they won’t leave employees in crisis mode. Decision-makers need to resist the comfort of focusing on short-term results so as not to mortgage the company’s future. So how can this be accomplished seamlessly?

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Want to Be More Productive? It All Starts With…

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Oct 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all so busy. As companies get leaner and technology makes us more efficient and empowered, we’re all tackling more throughout our day which continuously raises the bar for us to keep outdoing each other. Exhausting. So how are we ever going to get everything done? The key to maximizing your output lies in how you start your day. It sets the tone and makes or breaks your ability to successfully plow through that to-do list.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Most Common Project Management Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Posted by Guest Contributor on Oct 5, 2017 3:10:26 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, tech enthusiast and freelance writer, Heather Redding, discusses strategies for optimal project oversight.

Effective project management is of value to all kinds of organizations, but manufacturing in particular. Manufacturers must maintain quality and short lead times to satisfy their customer base. The tools and techniques applied in project management ensure that standards and deadlines are met. Whether it's refining procedures or launching new designs, each project stage needs to be planned to ensure delivery.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

7 Ways to Improve Team Communication

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 31, 2017 11:43:58 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, Founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, discusses ways to strengthen teamwork and collaboration among colleagues.  

Nothing will enhance your team’s productivity faster than better communication. Having a deliberate process and cadence of communication will save hours of lost time, productivity and drama.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Try This Trick When Solving a Problem

Posted by Joe Ptak on Jul 13, 2017 3:22:00 PM

There are an infinite number of ways to attack a problem. Granted, some techniques are significantly better than others -- rebooting your frozen computer is probably a better idea than a series of right-handed jabs to the screen, though both are technically attempts at solving the issue. That said, the solutions we come up with will inevitably always be drawn from our experiences and what we think we know. So the true challenge is to tap into the depths of our brains to pull out the best of what’s floating around in there.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

5 Tips For Retaining Your Best Employees

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jul 6, 2017 2:50:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, freelance writer and marketing consultant, Lisa Michaels, discusses what companies have to do to keep their best talent.

As a business owner or manager, you may be well aware of how vital your employees are to the success of your business. Your best employees are responsible for increased product sales, customer satisfaction and other critical elements of success within your organization. If you want to promote the long-term health of your company, you need to focus your attention on improving employee retention.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

5 Ways to Improve Order Picking Productivity

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 23, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tim Neroni, President and Managing Partner at KMH Systems, Inc., discusses methods to create a more efficient order selection process.

Everyone from your temp workers, full time operators, managers, directors, all the way up to VPs, need the ability to communicate where they see ways to improve your bottom line. Beyond running diagnostics or shifting your warehouse design around, sometimes it can be helpful to have an open and honest discussion with everyone on your staff. Your employees will not only tell you about problems that you may not know exist, but may solve them just as quick and often in the same meeting.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

4 Best Practices to Generate Company Buy-In

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 13, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and businesssuccess. In this post, Steven Nghe of Kloeckner Metals discusses the steps to getting your company on board with your goals and ideas.

In business, there’s long been the concept of A, B, and C players. The A players are the powerhouse members of the team. They’re attracted to challenges, they complete projects above expectation, and they innovate. Meanwhile, B players are accurate, reliable, and consistent; and C players coast. The term was popularized by Jack Welch, CEO of Generic Electric, who had a policy of forced ranking employees and “letting go” of the bottom 10% each business unit.

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Topics: Supplier and Member Best Practices, Talent and Leadership

How to Make Your Company Culture More Data-Driven

Posted by Guest Contributor on May 9, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Jonathan Toler, of Kloeckner Metals discusses how companies can make more strategic decisions through better use of their data.

Data Isn’t All or Nothing

Digital transformation is the buzzword of businesses everywhere who are rapidly trying to digitize their organizations to stay competitive. Digital transformation starts with data and building a culture in your organization that’s data driven. But, for all the hype, taking those first steps towards becoming more data driven doesn’t have to be a painstaking, all-in organizational restart. It can start with incremental moves that make data more accessible, bridge siloed departments, and, finally, tie data with departmental and organizational outcomes.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership, Analytics and Technology

How to Ensure Your Employees Stay Safe in the Workplace

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 25, 2017 2:05:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Emily Roberts discusses how businesses can overcome the challenges of employee safety.

Employees are a valuable asset to every business, thus caring about their welfare and ensuring the workplace is safe for them is essential. If an accident occurs, not only will you be losing an important asset, but you could also get into legal trouble.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

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