Monthly Archives: February 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: 5 blue-collar jobs that pay $100,000 a year

You asked for it.  These are the top blue collar jobs paying more than $100,000.  Good luck trying out for these jobs, the lines are long I’m sure. Police Officer Bartender Contractor and construction managers Farmers and ranchers Oil rig workers Article Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/5-blue-collar-jobs-that-pay-100000-a-year-2015-01-08/ Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Still no wage growth as skilled-worker shortage complaints rise

Complaints about skilled workers are growing which is reflective in a survey of small businesses and Federal Reserve analysis.  If shortages are truly growing, wages will increase. The data indicates that this is not the case.  As Goldman Sachs’s Kris Dawsey looked at the dispersion of wage growth, both in terms of industry and region, […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: 7 ways to help the middle class

MarketWatch provided an excellent analysis of the ratio of private sector output to labor as compensation.  Unfortunately, the analyst forgot the true influence of automation and productivity gains since 1955.  From 1955 to today, the ratio drops from 62% to 56% or about 10%.  This seems plausible due to the implementation of automation and computers […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Companies aren’t taking on as much debt as you think

With the low level of interest rates, corporate America is refinancing the debt level and not issuing more debt.  In fact the net level of debt for organizations has lowered to levels comparable to 2005.  This is against most conventional wisdom since the net debt level increased in both 2012 and 2013.  It looks like […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: What the market doom-and-gloomers fail to grasp about anemic growth

In this article by Nouriel Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, the emphasis about the pending economic downturn is unfounded based on their lack of understanding of the causes for the current economic condition.  As stated in the article: “The root of their error lies in […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Saving From the Start with Lean Six Sigma

Most companies complain that the costs associated for implementing Lean Six Sigma is too high and outweigh the benefits.  This article clearly explains the rational for implementation.  I will list the details and you can judge the overall benefits claimed by implementing companies.  The continuous improvement mantra becomes more than just a slogan but an […]