GARY KAPANOWSKI: World faces 40% water shortfall in 15 years

Get ready for the pain and possible alliances.  With the world map indicating the areas with concentrated resources, it is easy to see why these areas are in power today, but this could change in the near future.  Water is the life source. Without it, countries will not sustain and will die.  There are many […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: David Weidner Opinion Article on Ben Bernanke is just wrong

It is very common in the financial press to just blame the people that are in the position of doing actions. Hey why not, who’s is going to call them out to take responsibility for their opinion columns.  In this case, it’s like blaming the canary for dying in the coal mine.  The real root […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: What matters most to people around the world

In a study of more than 60,000 people from over 180 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development identified the “Better Life Index” for each country.  The results are interesting, especially if you use the Maslow hierarchy of needs as a focus.  Most, if not all, of the democratic countries are on the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: A college degree is worth $1 million

Over a lifetime, the average college graduates will earn $1 million more than high school graduates.  There is more too.  The difference between the highest-paid college majors and the lowest-paid is more than $3 million dollars per a study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The study analyzed wages for 137 college […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: CEO pay soared 12% in 2014

The average worker’s salary increase of 3% does not compare the annual pay for CEOs of 12.1% last year, the fastest increase since 2010. Higher pension values, larger annual incentive payouts and higher values of long-term incentives all contributed to the large increase. The segment in size for CEO pay increase indicate that small-cap companies […]

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: $70,000-a-year minimum wage

It’s interesting to see the different strategies implemented by organizations to retain or gather talent.  In this article, we see that one company is doing the opposite by raising employee pay while inflation is flat or negative at the same time the executives are reducing their salaries while the average is over 26%.  This might […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Want to reduce inequality? Boost productivity

One of the great questions of our time is how can we promote equality.  It is easy to point out the times when there are unequal practices.  One way to promote equal practices is to support productivity.  The customer wants their product at the price they are willing to pay at the time they want […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Opportunities growing for women

I enjoyed this article by Carol Cain describing the current state of women participation in the manufacturing industry and overall employment.  The details are not favorable.  With new data indicating there are more opportunities for women, the same data indicates there are less women entering engineering.  Currently, 25% of the engineering enrollment nationally represents women […]