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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: April 20, 2015
When one of my sons was in college, he wanted to be a student assistant to one of his professors. I asked him why he didn't look into it. He said that even though he had been a top student in the professor's class, he hadn't taken enough classes to  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: March 12, 2015
Want to get employees working harder? Lie to them. It's a fact. Lying works. In a recent study researchers told cyclists a computer-generated competitor was traveling the same speed as the cyclists' previous time trials when the computer cyclist was really moving 2% faster. As a result, in head-to-head competition,  more...
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Posted By: Ross McConnell - Senior Vice President of Nuclear Operations, Day & Zimmermann
On: March 4, 2015
Energy industry leaders are bracing for a significant labor shortage that will have a significant impact on the maintenance and operation of U.S. nuclear power plants. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute , the energy industry will be forced to replace 100,000 retiring skilled workers by as early as next  more...
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Posted By: Jess Dods - Principal, Right Choice Careers, LLC
On: February 11, 2015
For many years career development in the US was based on working on correcting weaknesses. This is best captured in the popular phrase: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." We have seen a big shift in recent years towards a much more productive approach to career development, which focuses  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: December 26, 2014
Can people change? Are they doomed to repeat their mistakes? Should utilities bother to spend time and money to help them? I get asked these questions a lot by CEOs debating whether to hire me to "fix" a key employee while vacillating between firing and coaching choices. That's what happened  more...
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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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