Management Features

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Mike Richman
This week’s episode of QDL took us back to our roots with stories about the nuts and bolts of quality improvement—customer service, management, standards, and the future of the quality profession in...
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Christopher Martin
‘How could I forget to do that?” I asked myself this question last week over and over, wondering how an important task was able to fly right over my head until I was reminded about it the next...
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Mike Micklewright
Fake news has fast become one of the most popular new phrases of 2017. We see it in Western politics, we listen to our news channels debate what is fake and what is not, and we hear our late-night...
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Timothy Lozier
Compliance is a common term that is very broad, and many companies interpret compliance as a host of different items. It can be related to quality, safety, or operations, but it encompasses a long...
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Ryan E. Day
Sponsored Content Brian Vinson may have one of the best jobs in the country. Vinson works as director of engineering with AWE Tuning, an automotive aftermarket company that provides award-winning,...
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Laurel Thoennes @ Quality Digest
There are a lot of good quality tools and improvement processes out there for when you are not engaged and productivity wanes. But until you find the root cause of your behavior, any improvement...
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Arun Hariharan
A mobile services company provides free mobile services to its employees. The employees never receive a bill for voice or data services. If an employee faces a problem, he just talks to a colleague...
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Jesse Lyn Stoner
We had not discussed politics since the election, treading warily with each other, neither of us wanting to trigger an unpleasant scene. But tension was just under the surface and seeping out in...
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Lynne Oates
Internationally mobile employees play an increasingly important role in a globalized world. As technology develops and businesses expand into new markets, complex employment arrangements are in...
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Mike Richman
If there’s one thing that separates those who do things in an average way and those who do those same things in an extraordinary way, it’s passion. This sense of intense interest, excitement, and...
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Randall Bell
This article is adapted from Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success (Leadership Institute Press, 2017). It’s easy to forget the small things. Often, as people advance in their careers and in...
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Annette Franz
Have you adopted a decision-making process that works well for you? If you have, I’d love to hear about it. If not, read on. As a leader, your next best action is based on making a decision as to...
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NIST
Providing wireless communications in a factory, plant, or other industrial environment these days means more than just helping employees talk with each other while they work. By eliminating...
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Mike Richman
When we put together each episode of QDL, we strive to offer a balanced mix of topics that represents our weekly perspective on all things quality. Sometimes we hit, and sometimes we miss... but this...
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Dan Jacob
This time last year, we identified what we felt were the three most important developing trends in quality management. We identified that these were the industrial internet of things (IIoT), pilots...
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Young Entrepreneur Council
When successful entrepreneurs speak, it is wise to listen. Here are 11 responses from 11 successful entrepreneurs who were asked, “What one piece of management advice do you rely on most, and why...
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Khatera Sahibzada
Giving feedback is unquestionably one of the most challenging tasks for any leader, as it can be painful to both the giver and receiver. It is nonetheless invaluable: Research has shown that...
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William A. Levinson
‘Sitting is the new smoking” is a common new adage. James Levin, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic explains, “Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer...
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Mike Richman
The U.S. national debt currently stands at approximately $20 trillion. In the time it will take you to read this article, the debt will increase by a couple of million dollars more. Regardless of...
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Thomas Kochan
Politicians have traditionally paid lip service to the plight of the worker, but with working class struggles at the top of the new administration’s fix-it list, we will likely hear them talking...