GARY KAPANOWSKI: Average worker must work 127.7 years for 1 year of CEO pay

Everyone can see this in everyday life.  The average pay of chief executive officers working for the largest 3,000 companies in the U.S. climbed to $6.4 million in 2014 from $5.5 million while wages and salaries rose around 3% for most Americans workers in 2014.  Utilizing data from the Social Security Administration indicate the average […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The 8th waste in the Toyota Production System (TPS)

We have studied the 7 wastes in the Toyota Production System (TPS).  The 8th waste is the use of resources or Talent.  This is described as the de-motivating of the workforce by not incorporating your team members in the input phases of the process or recognizing success.  The famed management consultant Peter Drucker called this […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: 10 highest paid jobs in America

There are several studies completed regarding the best paying jobs for 2015.  Below is that list along with the average base salary. Physician, $212,270 Pharmacy manager, $131,099 Software architect, $130,891 Software development manager, $123,747 Finance manager, $123,534 Solutions architect, $121,522 Lawyer, $120,424 Analytics manager, $115,725 IT manager, $115,642 Tax manager, $114,966 Article Link: Gary […]

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: 5 Good Reasons to Make Metrics Your Mantra

It’s easy to understand that the goal for the team, division, and/or company when you have clear and understandable metrics.  Team members can talk to it, discuss it, and solve problems due to the known goal.  It is why employees are needed:  customer problems produce profit opportunities for problem solvers. By having a full control […]

Gary Kapanowski: Pay Raises for Women, What’s taking so long?

Breaking down the walls takes time, but a good twitter backlash can expedite the process. The comments from Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella displayed everything that fosters stagnation. By emphasizing the stereotypes for women workers, we ignore the facts. For Lean Six Sigma practitioners, this is one area we must champion for two reasons. The first […]

Gary Kapanowski: Stock Market Bubble Burst Time

There are many pundits predicting the end of the world for the stock market and an equal amount cheering for more good times. How can you blame the positive thinkers? The market is at or near all-time high levels with no real end in sight. The primary stimulus is the Federal Reserve’s “quantitative easing” or […]

Gary Kapanowski: Is it the Fed, really?

There are as many theories regarding the Federal Reserve and the recent policies undertaken since the financial meltdown. In this article by Chris Martenson, he clearly demonstrates the policy of the Federal Reserve and avoids getting into the whys of the policies. His analysis of the comments by the chairperson’s testimony is rational and important […]

Gary Kapanowski: Market Sell-Off Deja-vu / All over Again

Many chart analysts are describing this recent stock market selloff to the 2010. They claim that both declines are many due to the public’s psyche that the country’s leadership cannot fix the problem. Tom McClellan is a chart watcher, using history as a guide for the future, believing markets will behave in the same way […]

Gary Kapanowski: To Sleep or Not To Sleep

With all the discussion on CEO Marissa Mayer from Yahoo and her “sleeping in” on the industry expert’s conference meeting, it’s important to understand our own limitations. Please review this article by Lydia Dishman to see if this may provide insightful information to your effectiveness. Here are four quick tips to assist with your sleeping […]