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2008/June
Author:Bob Ruff, Control Prducts and Solutions, Rockwell Automation
Fundamental to success in any organization is getting individuals to work toward common goals. Whether that's a team of five on the court or a corporation of 50,000 associates scattered across the globe, knowing the goal and working toward...
Sunday, 01 June 2008 | 3425 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/December
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. For want of a battle, the kingdom...
Monday, 01 December 2008 | 5282 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/November
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Stock car racing as popularized by NASCAR has given us many insights into the world of competitive motorsports and, in some respects, into our day-to-day industrial environments. Some race fans enjoy the...
Saturday, 01 November 2008 | 2166 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/July
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Well, we've done it, again. This time, though, it was a veritable squeaker. The 520-page "Global Competitiveness Report 2007-2008" (the Report, by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, states...
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 | 1853 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/August
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor In last month's column, I pointed out that the United States is the most competitive nation in the world, as well as the most productive one, with the highest innovative potential in the world. However, I...
Friday, 01 August 2008 | 1678 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/September
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor The 1980s saw record levels of industrial-based skills training and development. The WWII generation was reaching retirement age and Baby-Boomers were moving into jobs vacated by their parents. This...
Monday, 01 September 2008 | 3708 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/October
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Whenever the idea of "training" comes up in most workplaces, some employees tend to think back to some horrible experience they had in school: A nasty teacher, crowded classroom, required and boring...
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 | 2878 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/June
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor "Maintenance" alone cannot make equipment and processes reliable. Often, a maintenance department is reacting to problems caused by decisions and/or actions of other departments. Further, in...
Sunday, 01 June 2008 | 1835 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/April
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor This 4th installment in a special series is the subject of Bob’s keynote address at MARTS 2008. Businesses depend on processes functioning properly to achieve desired results and generate revenues to...
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 | 3225 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more
2008/January
Author:Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor
Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Policy – A deliberate plan of action to guide decisions and achieve rational outcome(s). Policy merely guides actions toward those behaviors that are most likely to achieve a desired outcome. (…From...
Tuesday, 01 January 2008 | 3329 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Read more

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