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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: November 12, 2014
Articles on employee innovation are a dime a dozen. They often start by telling us something like how somebody saved a company $10,000 a year by suggesting customers get half a pickle instead of a whole one on their sandwiches. While it's great to reduce pickle waste and save money,  more...
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Posted By: Charles Dunn
On: October 31, 2014
How often does this happen in business today? The engineer feels that the business development guy is unrealistic and arbitrary in his expectations for when something can be done; the sales management person sees the technical team as hiding behind techno-jargon to escape from accelerating the delivery of the product  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: September 22, 2014
Doubt can be a real show-stopper. When people doubt, they lack confidence, lose motivation, and often stop trying altogether. It shows up when managers give up on employees, employees doubt their managers and stop pushing themselves, and nothing remarkable gets done. Kevin doesn't have that problem. Kevin (no, not me)  more...
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Posted By: Gerald Conn - Safety and Workers' Compensation Manager/Subject Matter Expert, ACRT, Inc.
On: August 27, 2014
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has estimated that 60 percent of today's workforce is overweight and out of shape. Furthermore, a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that workers in the utility industry have the second-highest obesity rate in the United States-ranking  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: July 31, 2014
What comes to mind when you think of the title "Chainsaw?" How about the scariest, bloodiest horror movie you ever saw? If that's what popped into your head, thousands of employees and investors would say you were on the right track; they were all bloodied by the so-called turnaround expert  more...
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Posted By: Fred Kesinger - CEO, Independent Consultant
On: July 28, 2014
A dramatic transformation is currently taking place in U.S. utilities. A significant segment of the gas and electric utilities workforce is soon to be eligible for retirement.  The first wave of baby Boomers has already reached to age of 55, and the number of workers becoming eligible for retirement will  more...
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Posted By: Jess Dods - Principal, Right Choice Careers, LLC
On: July 4, 2014
This article is Part One, describing how to plan, conduct and follow up on meetings in your utility. Planning an effective meeting As with so many things, planning is vitally important for meetings. Questions like “What do I/we want to accomplish?” are at the core of this stage. Of course  more...
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Posted By: Jess Dods - Principal, Right Choice Careers, LLC
On: May 14, 2014
One of the interesting elements of good communication is not so much about what we say as it is about how we listen. Many good things happen when we engage in what is called "Active Listening." These include: better retention of what was said, a greater sense of connection, and  more...
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Posted By: Jess Dods - Principal, Right Choice Careers, LLC
On: May 1, 2014
For utilities, energy companies and individuals alike, changing the way we do things is hard. This article will discuss some of the difficulties for individuals and how to possibly make change easier for you. A brief primer on human behavior The human brain has about 2% of our total body  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: April 23, 2014
People do things in the workplace nearly every day that make us shake our heads and wonder, "What were they thinking?" Sure, there's a small percentage who may simply be a bit clueless, but most people thrive or dive depending on the kind of workplace they're in; it's more about  more...
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