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Operational Leadership

By Madison Hanscom, PhD Whether it is wrapping up a deliverable, venting about a hard day, or preparing for the next day ahead, many of us bring work home. But has research been conducted to examine the effects of leadership characteristics spilling over into the home domain of their followers? A recent study was conducted to examine the impact that empowering leaders have on their employees’ home lives. Empowering leaders were defined as those that give employees autonomy, meaning to their work, opportunities for self-leadership, participation in decision-making, and support for employee development through coaching and modeling. The result of the study showed

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD We are currently experiencing more remote work and telework than ever before, and Human Resource professionals are being asked to adapt quickly to this flex work model. Because those in HR are connected with employees from when they enter the company to the day they leave, they have a major impact on the people – and as a result, in shaping the company culture. HR also plays an important role in helping the company make a successful transition to a flex work model. Considerations for HR when taking on a new flex workforce: • Help people see the strengths

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By Eric Johnson As we think through cost analysis opportunities, whether during times of crisis or during routine analysis, a key focal point is reducing extraneous costs to the business while maintaining the tools, processes, and skill sets that provide the value proposition to the customer. After hearing rumors in the marketplace that a new market entrant was poised to potentially steal market share in its home market, the COO of a concrete manufacturer decided to embark on a cost-cutting initiative in anticipation of two potential scenarios; the first being a preemptive strike in lowering prices to give the new entrants difficulty

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By Eric Johnson Supply chain is an area where substantial savings can be captured due to the many impacts on production and operations. However, some management teams tend to shy away from large-scale projects, only employing them when something breaks or sometimes when it's too late. A key approach here is to be proactive, and start when the first issues appear, which will allow a longer time frame to enact change. A large manufacturer of agriculture, construction, and forestry equipment had a large and diversified product field, consisting of heavy machinery for the consumer market and industrial equipment, which is made to

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to be a helpful workplace tool for many individuals. They are associated with great outcomes like reductions in stress and negative affectivity. But there are still a few interesting questions remaining… • Do these interventions only work for people in certain occupations (e.g., education and health)?• Do these interventions fail for people in certain social contexts (e.g., when they are surrounded by individuals who think mindfulness if a waste of time)? A recent study explored these questions. The best way to determine if an intervention works is to test it experimentally by randomly assigning

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By Dale LawrenceReady for a busy day? Your first day back to the office. Got your Americano? Check. Look at your phone and see that you still have 15 minutes before your meeting. Just enough time to catch the elevator to the twelfth-floor office, check email and then review some documents for your client meeting. However, as you approach the lobby, you see a line of people. Upon inspection, they are queuing with socially distanced spacing for the elevators. This is not good! Looking at the time again, you know the ability to get ready for the meeting is doomed. Due

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