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IBM’s Purchase of Lombardi

Technology giant IBM made another acquisition. This time it was Lombardi, an Austin, Texas-based software company whose fantastic product is totally unknown to the people who need it most. (more…)

The Cost of Unrecognized Accounting Errors

Many people dream of the day their bank account doubles or triples in size. For Stephen Foster, a supermarket warehouse employee, having it increase by an astounding $1.3 million is a tale for the history books. (more…)

From Communication To Science

The PR business requires creative people who can explain complicated ideas and situations to the public. One consultancy, however, moved away from traditional communications in favor of the scientific method. (more…)

Shedding Pounds Isn’t a Full Solution

America once watched the Biggest Loser contestant Danny Cahill step on the show’s infamous scale for his final weigh in. The dramatic outcome in weight-loss proved only to be one of his many successes from the show. (more…)

The Benefits of a Results-Only Work Environment

Over at the More Than a Few Words podcast, two Indianapolis small business owners discussed the benefits of a Results-Only Work Environment. That’s more than a buzzword—ROWE is a radically different perspective on running a business. (more…)

The Flaws In Electronic Medicine Technology

As Congress debated the future of the American healthcare system, a common point of discussion was the benefit of computerized medical records. But a study suggested that the cost savings would be “nonexistent.” (more…)

Case Studies Cannot Replace Active Analysis

AccelaWork published a case study about a company that decided to adopt a temporary policy to help train new staff members. Increased employee awareness, however, led to a permanent adoption of the change. (more…)

Conquering Airports On Black Wednesday

The eve of Thanksgiving carries the same chaotic, stressful reputation as it has for decades passed: the busiest travel day of the year. Yet, no matter how many years go by, no matter what precautions are taken or how much media attention it gets, there are still doubts as to whether people will make it home to their loved ones in time for turkey.   (more…)

The Impact of Framing On Subliminal Behavior

When conference organizers provide dinner for attendees, they usually plan a regular meal and a vegetarian option. Most people choose the former, but not because they prefer meat. Instead, it’s how the options are presented that makes guests into omnivores or vegetarians. (more…)

Worker Productivity Displayed on Twitter

An Indianapolis-based firm announced they had rejected a candidate for an internship. They even explained the mistake: he left a message on Twitter that made it seem like he was goofing off at his current employer. (more…)

Employee Satisfaction Meets Customer Service

Customer service, or lack thereof, is an enormous part of thriving in business today. Yet, as one airline employee discovered, people must be cautious with how they respond to frustrated consumers. Otherwise, they may get fired. (more…)

Government Productivity and the Cold War

Over at the Lean Blog, Mark Graban reported on a Wired story about former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Apparently when he ordered secure numeric codes to be placed on the weapons nuclear arsenal, the Strategic Air Command set the passwords to all zeros. (more…)

Productivity Growth Hits a Wall

Over at the Creo Quality Blog, Jon Speer wrote about the frustration of companies that are divided into silos. “Stop building walls”, Speer advised, and instead “Figure out how to tear them down.” (more…)

Productivity Growth Through a Competitive Edge

According to Barbara Findlay Schenck, contributor to MSN’s Business on Main, the three elements that all customers desire are price, quality and speed. Her advice for companies: “deliver on all three fronts to win and keep customers.” (more…)

The Flu and the Value of Hearing All Sides

As the swine flu crept up in many homes, schools, workplaces, and public areas throughout our nation, people were starting to fret about securing an H1N1 shot before they ran out. To make matters worse, there was a new controversy on who qualified as “high risk.” (more…)