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By: Ryan E. Day

When your public motto is “staying on the cutting edge of technology,” you’ve set a bar for yourself. Thomas Paquin set that bar when he founded Laser Specialists Inc. (LSI) in 1986. Paquin’s untimely death in 1993 left the company with questionable leadership and direction. In 2004, Nick and Jon Paquin were able to metaphorically step into their father’s boots as president and vice president of LSI.

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By: Mike Richman

During last Friday’s episode of Quality Digest Live, we looked at the far-reaching implications of a prospective merger, previewed our latest webinar with DNV, considered the importance of fun at work, and inspected some interesting stereo microscopes from Vision Engineering. Here’s a closer look at our show:

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By: Earl Van As

Competitive forces are intensifying in the B2B supply chain, increasing customer expectations for service and pricing, and creating more pressure for businesses to maintain an edge. Instead of being reactive to today’s increasingly low margins, decision makers should take advantage of the risks and use them as opportunities to speed ahead. Looking into the future, how can B2B companies adjust their business strategies to transform challenges into positive outcomes?

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By: Stanislav Shekshnia, Veronika Zagieva, Alexey Ulanovsky

During the last decade, we studied CEOs of companies that thrive within some of the most challenging business environments on the planet. Though very different in many respects, these CEOs share leadership behaviors and attitudes that strongly parallel those of top athletes. We further theorize that these athletic traits make CEOs uniquely suited to tackle contexts where little can be taken for granted.

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By: Jennifer V. Miller

Are there any positive leadership stories out there anymore? Anyone? Anyone?

Sometimes, I feel like Ben Stein’s economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, casting about for any story that sheds a positive light on the ability to lead with character. Within one week I heard three stories of leadership failure.

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By: Mike Richman

Last Friday’s episode of QDL welcomed the new year with our usual original take on featured editorial content, plus a great Tech Corner. In case you missed it, here’s what we covered:

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By: Manfred Kets de Vries

The CEO of Wickrott Corp. was known as a suspicious control freak. Symptomatic of his leadership style were the numerous “internal consultants” hired to keep him informed of the goings-on in the organization. Staff described their work environment as a cutthroat, Darwinian “soup.” Information was power; secrecy was the norm; transparency and teamwork were conspicuous by their absence.

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