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My Hindsight Could Be Your Foresight

By Dr. Elaine Dembe 1. Explore life and live it as an adventure. – Even if you have no one to do it with. Never deny yourself the pleasure of doing something just because you are alone. Do it anyway. Remember the lyrics from the Tragically Hip song “Ahead by a Century ~ “No dress rehearsal, this is our life.” ...

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Engaged Employees Make or Break Your Business

By Jason Hewlett Disengaged and uncommitted employees cause more loss of money to business owners than anything else. I’m not talking about non-engaged employees, they at least keep the lights on…I’m talking about disengaged employees that drive business AWAY! Think of the last time you had a GREAT experience at a restaurant, a theme park, or checking into a hotel. ...

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Succession Planning

Twists and Turns By Jim Wilson, Principal Consultant, The McDonald Group, Inc. The subject of succession planning has bubbled up to the top of many people’s list because of the emergence of a large group of baby boomers, and those five to ten years behind whose thought and planning have turned toward retirement. A relatively robust economy may help the ...

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The Other Competitive Advantage

By Brant Menswar, ELC Speaker As a young leader in the manufacturing arena, you recognize the need for a detailed and well-defined process. It is the very nature of your business. In fact, the better your process, the more often it becomes the competitive advantage that separates you from the pack. We feel the same way when we approach collaboration. ...

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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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