ROI: Return on Involvement

by Michael R. Solomon, Ph.D.

Imagine this conversation between two shoppers at a car dealership: Consumer #1: “I want the one I read about in the latest issue of Car and Driver magazine: It has a six-cylinder turbo engine, a double-clutch transmission, a 90 strokebore, and 10:1 compression ratio.” Consumer #2: “I want a red one.” Obviously, these two people… [More]

Tackle the Pain of Business Change

by Andi Simon, Ph.D.

Forget what they say about love. It’s change that hurts. Corporate leaders say it is the biggest challenge they’re facing today. Constant change makes it difficult to remain relevant and to create value for customers. What is worse is that most people don’t know how to manage the changes they believe are essential for their… [More]

Is Technology Costing You Credibility and Influence?

by Stacey Hanke

You’re the boss, the leader, the master of business; yet your team is becoming increasingly frustrated with your over use of technology in the workplace. Employees cannot express how your behavior is challenging their willingness to act upon what you say. Influence is essential to running a successful organization and can be earned only through… [More]

Snaring the Right Web Designer

by Drew Barton

The Web designer you ultimately choose will play a critical role in the digital success of your business, which is why you need to be able to ask the right questions and identify obvious red flags during the interview process. Recognizing and avoiding red flags can be the key to protecting yourself against a bad… [More]

A World of Difference in Leadership

by Martha Mertz

Leadership has been a hot topic for several decades, and the ways women lead has landed at the top of the discussion. Although the pace has been less than dazzling, women have found their footing in every level of existing organizations or have created organizations to provide an environment suitable for them. I should know.… [More]

Capitalize on New Facebook News Feed Algorithm

by Alexis Krisay

Recently, Facebook announced some significant changes to its news feed algorithm that will, ultimately, affect both users and businesses. According to reports, Facebook’s executive team saw that news articles and marketing ads were creating an imbalance in the platform, drowning out all the personal moments people had to share. The new algorithm aims to correct… [More]

Attitudes toward Supplier Integration: the U.S. vs. China

by Professor Thomas J. Kull

Employees don’t always agree with company initiatives. On the one hand, leadership may be committed toward an organizational change that many company employees view negatively. Downsizing is an obvious example, but new technologies or new techniques may also have this effect. On the other hand, employees may have a positive view toward an initiative that… [More]

Successful Entrepreneurs May Be Their Own Worst Enemy

by Darren T. Case and Michael Marsh

Do I risk what I have for more? This is the ultimate question that nearly every successful entrepreneur faces following the building of wealth through their business. The mantra of “If you’re not growing, you’re dying” has been preached to entrepreneurs at every business seminar or within every best-selling business success book, so one would… [More]

In Perspective: The U.S.-Mexico Border

by Dr. Arnold Maltz

My first academic position was at New Mexico State University in 1991. On my first day there, I was shown a plan to improve border crossing operations from Mexico to the United States. I’ve been involved in Mexico-U.S. issues ever since. Since I study transportation and logistics issues, I initially spent considerable time understanding, explaining… [More]

Managing Conflict: A State of Understanding

by R.W. Burke

I’ve had thousands of conversations with managers in recent years, and in almost every one of them, a manager is struggling with trying to change behavior — his own or someone else’s. And it’s usually someone else’s. The struggle with that behavior is mostly caused by the lack of understanding of it. Too many of… [More]