In the United States, manufacturing is a huge sector. Its importance to our national and global economy is evident in how many white- and blue-collar jobs are integral in each process. From plastic injection molding to hydraulic valve assembly, manufacturing is likely found in nearly every industry. With such an all-encompassing sector, it’s no surprise that disruptions run rampant, though even during COVID-19, many manufacturing businesses were deemed essential, keeping their doors open and employees on-site. However, just as many sent their white-collar office workers home to shelter in place and do their job remotely. This is something the manufacturing industry likely never considered prior to the boom of the Internet and, now, the increase in connectivity with 5G. Yet what these companies must realize is, even now after COVID-19, digital disruption is going to get even more prevalent in manufacturing. Agility Alone Is Antiquated We’re all aware that there are…
Posted On Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:00 Written by
As an executive or leader in your organization, you’re managing many things: the company’s image, numerous projects, and a talented group of people.  But you’re also managing many other important things, including disruptions from both inside and outside of your industry, how others perceive your company as you manage or even leverage those disruptions, and several other things you may not even be aware of. For many people, these “other” things are just part of the job, how things have always been done, and the expected stressors of business.  But do they have to be that way? Disruptions Are Distractions to Manage To start, executives and leaders at organizations must become better at managing disruptions. In today’s marketplace, change is coming at us fast, and it is only getting faster every day. One thing we know for sure is that most disruptions come from the outside in—external factors impact the…
Posted On Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00 Written by
It is no secret that children are attracted to video games like moths to light. From Minecraft to Roblox, children of today spend hours in front of screens both large and small, oftentimes much to the dismay of their parents and teachers. Whether you have children of your own or not, you may believe these kids are using their time idly; however, it is actually quite the contrary. Believe it or not, they are likely learning while playing their favorite game, and furthermore, we as adults can learn a lot about these intuitive young individuals based on what they play. This concept is part of a trend I first identified in the 1980s that I call gamification. Believe it or not, gamification is an increasing part of all of our lives in this new technological frontier, and is poised to educate adults just as much as video games educate children. The Psychology of Play in Human Development Many of the…
Posted On Wednesday, 06 January 2021 00:00 Written by
Viki King is the highly regarded Personal Counsel to many luminaries in the Entertainment Industry. She is the best-selling author of the industry standard book “How To Write A Movie in 21 Days – The Inner Movie Method” and is known for her wit, wisdom and unsurpassed inspiration through lecturing and creative consulting on films and one-on-one talks. She has an uncanny ability to identify the emotional issue that you are struggling with, and readdress it to you in a way that feels like supreme relief. “She gets you from in your way to on your way.” Clients say, “No wonder” and “Of course” and “She hit the nail on the head” and they are forever freed of that thing that would always elude them - whether that be extra weight, or financial fears, health or love concerns.   It is Viki King’s insight and compassion that is most treasured by her…
Posted On Friday, 01 January 2021 00:00 Written by
In a year like 2020, it is likely we have become professional reactors. Between COVID-19 and the uncertainties of the election, leaders and managers have jumped from fire to fire, putting out the blaze that has been this year. In response to that level of crisis management, organizations large and small have now learned the true meaning behind being lean and agile. However, despite these skills, we must not forget to learn from the cards that were dealt to us in 2020. The goal in any organization should be to learn to move beyond being reactionary and agile, and into being anticipatory and proactive. The reasoning behind encouraging companies to become Anticipatory Organizations is that even after this pandemic ends and we move into the future, digital disruptions will continue to transform all industries, and those same feelings of uncertainty that we all faced in 2020 will resurface in new ways. Wouldn’t you…
Posted On Wednesday, 30 December 2020 00:00 Written by
 As Pacaso CMO, Whitney is responsible for driving demand, building brand and creating exceptional customer experiences online and offline. She launched her career at Zillow as the startup’s first intern. Throughout her 12-year tenure, she held leadership positions in marketing and PR, and played a key role in growing the brand into a household name. Whitney is passionate about bringing the voice of the customer into daily decision-making. Prior to Pacaso, Whitney co-founded Kingston Marketing Group, a Seattle-based marketing agency. 
Posted On Friday, 25 December 2020 00:00 Written by
For some, the post-coronavirus “new normal” is a frightening concept that rattles their status quo, while others are taking this moment to seize new opportunities afforded to us by a global disruption, as COVID-19 has proven to be. The fact of the matter is that aforementioned opportunity is available to all of us, whether our “new normal” is unbearably difficult or extremely simple. You may be asking yourself: How is that possible? The key in leveraging this worldwide disruptive and still unpredictable virus to your benefit is to implement my Anticipatory Organization Model, where business leaders identify Hard Trends and Soft Trends, differentiate between the two, and use them to pre-solve the new problems headed our way in the “new normal.” New Opportunity Puts Significance Over Success Even at the start of COVID-19, new opportunities were all around us. We must make sure that we have our opportunity antenna up at all times, and more importantly, we must understand what these new…
Posted On Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:00 Written by
Karyn Buxman is a TEDx speaker, successful author, brain-based high-performance coach—and a neurohumorist (she lives at the intersection of humor and the brain.) As The Global Expert in Strategic Humor for Business Karyn helps high performers go from great to world class. From the Mayo Clinic to the Million Dollar Round Table, organizations around the world hire Karyn to educate, inspire, and entertain their audiences again and again. She’s one of 254 people (and only 53 women) in the world to be inducted into the National Speakers Association's Speaker Hall of Fame. Her latest book, Funny Means Money: Strategic Humor for Influence & World Domination will be published by ForbesBooks in 2021. Karyn is serious about humor!
Posted On Friday, 27 November 2020 00:00 Written by
I’ve been looking for a really powerful theme for the month of December, and the word “RELEVANCE” came to mind.  It’s been a heck of a year, hasn’t it? As we roll into the final month of 2020, I note that the one singular need that continues to show up is the need for authentic “connection”.   In my conversations with friends, many people are yearning to go beyond superficial “chit-chat” and seek a deeper level of connection.  There are wistful, quick comments that emerges from these conversations that note a quiet depression, even from those we perceive as the  “rocks” of our circle of influence.   The uncertainty most people are feeling is real. Month-to-month, the world as we know it has changed, and along with it, how we interact with others. From shelter-in-place, work from home, online classrooms for our kids, to cautiously re-opening our economy, every month has brought…
Posted On Friday, 05 February 2021 00:00 Written by
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