GARY KAPANOWSKI: Self-driving closer than you think

There is an interesting change occurring.  Babies born today will never drive cars like we do today.  Think of that statement.  It really caught my attention as I read Carol Cain’s article.  Currently, ride sharing services are going in popularity, i.e. Uber and Lyft are great examples. Maven is a new style of this service.  […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Many Pathways for Autonomous Cars

There are many companies competing for the top stop in the next generation of the automobile, autonomous vehicles.  This article describes the following groups in play for the next generation winner for transportation. Apple Project Titan: Currently reduced staff for this project.  Apple has R&D resources for this type of project and is a constant […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Alternative fuel buses now and the future

Roush Enterprises has a segment of its organization devoted to producing propane buses, vans, and heavy-duty pickups since 2010.  Although it took six years to sell 14,000 units, this current year’s forecast has over 6,000 units being sold, almost half of its entire history in one year.  This improvement is due to its expanding customer […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Body-language can instantly boost your confidence

In a new study, a Harvard business school professor argues that power-posing can be more effective than traditional confidence-boosting exercises, like telling yourself how great you are.  This pose is open, take up a lot of space by holding your arms and legs away from your body, i.e. the “Wonder Woman” pose.  This suggests that […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: People judge you based on 2 criteria when they first meet you

In a recent publication of over 15 years of research, several Harvard business school professors discovered people quickly answer two questions when they first meet someone:  Can I trust you?  Can I respect you? This is referred to as the warmth and competence dimensions. In order of importance for professionals, the study found that competence […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Psychologist explains the key to spotting a liar

According to one expert, there is no one sign that can tell you if someone is lying.  The best approach is to review all aspects of communication, such as facial expressions, posture, and speech.  Since lying is challenging work for someone to suppress all aspects of lying, one or more of these actionable areas will […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean Leadership and the 9th Principle

Leadership is one of the aspects of business that has different meanings and utilization for everyone.  It is hard to describe and relate to without common experiences.  The focus of lean, doing processes better, cheaper, easier, faster, and safer for the customer, allows for a direction and commonality for everyone to relate.  The question becomes […]

Gary Kapanowski: Robert Reich on the election

Over the past several years, I’ve debated Robert Reich on his editorials in several newspapers and journals mainly on his facts leading to often misleading conclusions.  I want to applaud him in this case that I think he is on target with two of his points directly.  By using fact and Gemba, he has reached […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lessons for first female president watching election

Rochelle Riley’s article is a nice first step to understanding how the presidential vote was casts, especially in Michigan.  Using our “lean” eyes, several interesting why should appear after reading the article. Why did women not vote as a block to support her presidency? Were their different segments of the population not treated as a […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The disturbing link between voter ID and Jim Crow

Nice article and argument on voter id laws. What was missing was the full landscape of how politics effect voting outcomes.  Nothing was mentioned on electoral college, redistricting of voting areas to benefit political parties, rural versus urban to name a few.  All of these areas have ways to diminish the impact of one sector […]