GARY KAPANOWSKI: Flint water crisis, same as it ever was

The updated news coming from the Flint water issue is alarming.  Government officials note the water quality is improving but not in the clear.  At the same time of this announcement, job postings for lead abatement jobs were issued by the government.  This is the denial – acceptance two step in action. Some questions that […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Timing is everything, especially when the 2008 financial crisis occurred

This is to document that Ford Motor Company was in worse condition than both General Motors and Chrysler in 2006 and needed a revised mortgage of $23.6 billion to allow its restructuring to implement change.  This allowed for Ford to operate through the 2008 financial crisis without the immediate worry of bankruptcy facing the other […]

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: 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 FUNDAMENTALS FOR ACCOUNTANTS

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN FUNDAMENTALS FOR ACCOUNTANTS Executive Summary: The goal for this article is to provide accountants with the proper fundamentals of Lean and practical uses for the Lean tools in the office.  This article will also provide the reader with quick implementation of Lean tools and techniques to validate the benefits of Lean. Introduction […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Histograms and Collected Data Sets

In any Lean Six Sigma or general analysis, once data is collected the first thing any practitioner will do is to histogram the data:  I like to say “Histogram-it”.  This is statistics 101.  Everyone does it. The reason is simple; the charting of the data will reveal detail in a picture format that human minds […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN Manufacturing through Compact Machining Cell

This article describes the true intention of Lean to establish a continuous improvement cycle.  This group started with over 1,700 parts to categorize for production and tooling then to capacity.  This led ot a reorganization of the shop floor based on the pull from the customer.  This led to a “process family code system” for […]