Tag Archive: top talent

Manufacturers Upbeat but Worry About Skills Gap

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According to Industry Week, the Fed’s survey of the economy expressed optimism; however, it also noted that labor markets are tightening. Since I’m also embarking on refreshing my 2013 Skills Gap research report, thus far, I’ve noted the same concerns for high-skilled positions. I hear far less conversation about lower-skilled positions when it comes to availability (instead I hear about minimum wage concerns); however, the vast majority of my clients require higher-skilled positions. In these cases, it is not always easy — or even attainable — to find the resources needed on a timely basis. What are you doing to get…
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The People Element

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I find that the best process will fail with the wrong people. The best system will not drive results if the wrong people are involved. Yet if exceptional people are involved, even the most mediocre of processes and systems will thrive! People are your #1 asset. For example, I still vividly remember a project that had a “dream team” of people but the leader was inept. He managed to wipe out all progress continually – and frustrate the people to boot. On the other hand, I also remember several projects that looked somewhat hopeless in terms of delivering results according…
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Employee Performance: Do Not Ignore Your Stars

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Since the beginning of 2014, the job market has been robust and employers are struggling to find high-skilled, qualified candidates for key positions. I’ve talked frequently about this skills gap and performed researchon the topic as I am convinced that those who get ahead of the skills gap will thrive and leave the rest in the dust. Join me at APICS 2014 to hear more about my research findings and strategies for success. One key component to succeeding while others continue to struggle with the skills gap is to retain top talent. I cannot tell you how often employee performance is…
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