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How to Talk to Someone Significantly Younger or Less Experienced Than You

By Jeff Havens, ELC Presenter Alas, you probably work with people a whole lot younger than you are. Your company, in its depressingly finite wisdom, gave these children a chance to play at being grown-ups. They haven’t been working for very long – a couple years maybe, possibly even less – and their inexperience offends you. They think they know ...

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Happy Anniversary!

MHEDA Congratulates the following companies, each of whom is celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2015. 185th Anniversary – Established in 1830 Fairbanks Scales, Supplier, Kansas City, MO   130th Anniversary – Established in 1885 Colson Group USA, Supplier, St. Joseph, MI   125th Anniversary – Established in1890 Southworth Products, Supplier, Portland, ME   115th Anniversary – Established in 1900 Schneider ...

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The Shift: A Force of Change in the New World of Work

By Seth Mattison At FutureSight Labs we spend a lot of time thinking about the future of work and relationships. The people stuff that keeps leaders awake at night. One of the ways we keep a close pulse on these fronts is by talking to those in the trenches. Each year we conduct 250+ one on one interviews with leaders ...

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Rock Stars Create Unique Experiences

Enhancing your value proposition By Jim Knight I’ve never been a big fan of mediocrity. Not in society and certainly not in any portion of my life. Yet, I see it everywhere. No matter where I go—in retail, auto repair, healthcare and even hospitality—I constantly experience blah interactions with businesses. So many companies are just delivering what I believe is ...

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The Benefits and Hazards of Working in a Family Business

Having it both ways – a successful business and a happy family By Buddy Smith In 1989, my father gained ownership of Carolina Material Handling Services. At the time, I was working in the banking industry and within a few months he approached me and asked if I would join him and my brother in the company. In the 26 ...

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Shepherding In a New Era

Quality Lift Trucks undergoes a major succession and transition plan By Steve Guglielmo Quality Lift Trucks was founded in 1978 on the principles of quality, integrity, service and commitment to its customers. The forklift dealership has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 36 years, expanding to include operations in Chula Vista and San Marcos, California as well as ...

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Six Surprising Reasons to Enhance Your Business Ethics

By Jeff Havens Business ethics are usually boring. I know that when you read the word ‘ethics,’ a little tiny piece of your soul dies. “Why do people always want me to be ethical?” I can hear you shouting. “Why can’t I just do whatever I want and plunder the world like my Vikings ancestors of yore?” Well you can ...

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Calling All Emerging Leaders and Future MHEDA-NET Members

By Josh Smith, Director of Sales & Operations, AK Material Handling Systems What does it take to become an emerging leader and why do we need them? If you fast-forward 5 to 10 years, today’s emerging leaders will be running the industry and it’s critical that every company embraces these individuals and helps them grow to be the new faces ...

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An Untapped Resource

MHEDA members hire students they met at the MHEDA Convention By Steve Guglielmo One of the greatest challenges facing our industry is a supposed dearth of young professionals available and entering material handling. Some have called this a “skills gap” while others survey their “aging workforce” and wonder where the next generation of leadership is going to come from. MHEDA ...

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