From Jamie Notter

I had two remarkably similar conversations last week with two organizations that could not be more different from each other. One was a large, global corporation, and the other was a small nonprofit, but they were both struggling with the same issue: not enough time. READ MORE

Rotor Clip USA and Rotor Clip Ltd. are now formally certified to IATF 16949:2016, the new automotive standard replacing the previous one known as TS16949 .
 
Rotor Clip is proud to be among the first 50 companies in the world to pass the IATF 16949 audit.
 
The primary focus of the IATF 16949 standard is the development of a Quality Management System that stresses continuous improvement with the goal of preventing defects and waste throughout the supply chain. The key to this is risk assessment, driving the organization to learn from the many inputs it experiences such as customer complaints, internal and external audits and improvement efforts to provide better product and service to the customer.
 
Rotor Clip has instituted a number of specific changes to comply with the requirements and, more importantly, the spirit of the standard. These include installing digital gauges on certain processes to automatically output data for more efficient analysis; automating lab equipment maintenance to ensure testing is done on a timely basis so that customer shipments are not delayed; improving the production of our wire EDM machines by selecting premium brass wire to maximize available cutting time and produce tools quickly and efficiently.
 
View the certificate here

A Message From Sherex

Sherex Fastening Solutions, a global leader in engineered fasteners, tooling, and automation, is pleased to announce Pacific Warehouse Sales (PWS) as the Western Region Master Distributor for its TEC Series wedge locking washer product line.

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A Message From NAW

As you know, NAW has long been involved in the fight for comprehensive tax reform, with particular focus on leveling the playing field between industries – including wholesale distribution – that have historically paid high effective tax rates and those industries that have enjoyed single digit effective rates – or even secured tax refunds.

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From Harvard Business Review

Collaboration all too often feels inefficient (search and coordination costs eat up time), risky (can I trust others to deliver for my client?), low value (our own area of expertise always seems most critical), and political (a sneaky way of self-promoting to other areas of one’s firm). Lurking behind these reservations may be concerns about losing relevance, becoming one of those “charismatic” leaders so often criticized as “all form, no substance.” Clarifying what collaboration is (and what it isn’t) and gaining firsthand experience with one or more collaborative projects is the only way to combat these common apprehensions. Only once you’ve seen collaboration’s value for yourself will you put in the effort required to seek out cross-disciplinary projects and hone the skills necessary to collaborate effectively. READ MORE

From Entrepreneur

These days, customer relationships have the life span of a Hollywood marriage, or, worse, a series of one-night stands. Here's how to learn from the breakup. READ MORE

From MultiBriefs Exclusive

"There are no rules here — we're trying to accomplish something." — Thomas A. Edison READ MORE

From the Harvard Business Review

Patty McCord, Netflix’s former Chief Talent Officer, sees hiring as constant matchmaking. Building a team of people that gets amazing work done, she says, requires managers to really know what they need, and for HR to actually understand the workings of the business. She says money should not be the reason someone leaves and that we should stop using words like “poaching” and “firing.” READ MORE

From Inc.com

2018 will see our workspaces becoming ever more innovative, comfortable, and hospitable. READ MORE

From the Wall Street Journal

Even from some who should know better, Corporate America is hearing that, to validate the new tax law, companies must do particular things with particular dollars, and not do other things. READ MORE

From Forbes

Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions as one is forced to engage in more and more decision-making. If you’ve ever planned an event, re-designed a home or purchased a new car, you probably remember the exhaustion and indifference that eventually resulted from being faced with so many choices. READ MORE

Want to be a laudable leader? Study these characteristics -- and the wise words of leaders who strive to embody them. READ MORE

From Win Without Pitching

Some firms don’t take project work at all, while for others project revenue vastly outstrips the income from their few ongoing clients. What’s the proper role of project work in your firm, and what’s the proper approach to pursuing or vetting it? In this article I lay out some specific guidelines on projects as a part of your overall client mix, and the rules of pursuing and accepting project work. READ MORE

From Entrepreneur

'In order to clean, they need to get messy,' serial entrepreneur Justin Klosky tells Entrepreneur's editor-in-chief Jason Feifer. READ MORE

From Harvard Business Review

We live in a culture of “yes.” We don’t want to disappoint our bosses, colleagues, families, or friends, so we say “yes” as often as we can manage. But when we overcommit ourselves, we spend our time checking things off a list rather than actually creating value. Without the ability to say “no” to low-level tasks in order to say “yes” to groundbreaking ones, people stop innovating. Overcome this problem by instituting a value assessment system: Instead of saying “yes” or “no” to a project on a case-by-case basis, rate all new initiatives on a scale of 1 to 10. READ MORE

From MultiBriefs: Exclusive

Buzzwords can develop a life of their own. Being called a leader used to be sufficient. Now, the adjectives describing the type of leader we are have become critical. From authentic to zero-tolerance, compassionate to servant, we are recognizing the sometimes-vast but more often nuanced differences in leadership styles. READ MORE

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From The Huffington Post

Even if your business is small, you might need the power of ERP to grow it. READ MORE

From Entrepreneur

Change your all-hands meetings and gain the trust of your valued employees. READ MORE

From Forbes

When it comes to high impact communication it is hard to surpass the power of TED. Not only are the pithy 17 minute presentations a mark of high credibility, the tight format and preparation that goes into a TED or even an affiliate TEDx speech results in an outcome that is destined to influence thousands (or even millions) of people for years to come. READ MORE

From Inc.com

PR can be an amazing, untapped beast for attention and lead generation--but only if you reframe your mindset. READ MORE