Getting It Right the First Time 

by Glenn H. Varney, Ph.D., and James M. McFillen

Leaders and managers of an organization often face the challenge of change. Unfortunately, managers often make costly mistakes when they start making changes in their organizations. In fact, the record shows that 70 percent of change projects in organizations fail. We’ll look at one such failure as an instructive example to discuss why the attempted… [More]

Addressing the Absence of Community in Personal Finance

by George Grombacher

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle According to Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit, a habit consists of three elements: a cue, a routine and a reward. The cue triggers our brains to determine which routine, or habit, to use, and the… [More]

Language Training Benefits Business

by Chris Brotherson

As more and more companies are expanding into a global economy, it has become evident that having a multilingual workforce is a critical success factor. Think about it: What if a company’s employees couldn’t communicate with each other or key external contacts such as customers, consultants or vendors? It would be highly likely that this… [More]

Putting the ‘Why’ in Personal Finance

by George Grombacher

Alignment is a simple idea that can add 5 percent to a business’s top line and will have implications not before considered. People seek a purpose-driven life. A successful organization can help provide that through aligning the organization’s purpose from the CEO to every employee. An important aspect of alignment involves helping employees recognize the… [More]

Why Do We Continue to Have Data Breaches? 

by Morey J. Haber

Data breaches are all around us, as well as other cyber tragedies like WannaCry, Mirai and Petya. Household names like FedEx, Maersk, Deloitte, Equifax, Nuance and Sony have all been victims of recent cybersecurity breaches. The daily press is draining, but there is something that can be learned from all the facts that can help… [More]

Corporate Conservation Is More than Just a Box to Be Checked

by Susan Anable

Our nation’s and the world’s resources are increasingly constrained. Companies across the United States and here in Arizona can lessen their impact on the environment by reducing industrial byproducts as well as consumption of energy, water and raw materials. Businesses that incorporate eco-friendly practices remain competitive and see lower operating costs, ensuring long-term business success.… [More]

Tools for a Changing Workforce

by Bob Rosone and Tim Murphy

Why is change so difficult? First, people tend to naturally gravitate to the status quo. It’s familiar, there’s a comfort level associated with it, and so it feels “right.” Second, change can challenge people’s beliefs about their core strengths. Consider that many knowledge workers have spent years honing a particular skill or set of skills.… [More]

Crisis Communication Is Key for Businesses

by Keith Yaskin

The NFL’s regular season starts each September, but the preparation for battle is a year-round process: There’s free agency, the college draft, mini-camp, organized team activities, training camp and the preseason. Now, imagine the controversy and outrage from fans, sports radio and ESPN’s talking heads if teams walked into stadiums and stood on the sidelines… [More]

Successful Innovation — Technology vs People

by Steven L. Blue

The reason innovations fail is not because of technology. It’s never about the technology. Innovations fail because of people. The people who might employ a new technology may not be sold on it. Or they might be afraid of it. Or they might feel threatened by. Welcome to the dark side of innovation. However, the… [More]

Dos & Don’ts of Company Communication

by A.J. Moss

In many cases, a company’s Intellectual Property (IP) assets, such as its patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, constitute the most valuable assets on the company balance sheet. To be sure, protecting the most commercially valuable of these IP assets is critical to establishing and maintaining a company’s marketplace advantage. Important as they are, these… [More]