GARY KAPANOWSKI: Four efficient steps toward a positive culture

Implementing culture change anywhere is a difficult and time-consuming task.  At organizations, this process is most difficult due to the nature of the change is at a work environment where individual goals are not the same as the organization’s goals.  This doesn’t have to be the case though. This article from the University of Michigan’s […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Say Nice Things About Your Colleagues This Week. You Won’t Regret It

It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.  It’s a great saying and true.  A study by the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organizations provides a guideline to assist everyone in improving tram moral.  Remember shallow comments don’t add value.  Affirmations that are meaningful and effective include the following: Create a […]

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: Productivity when working remotely

There are many ways to work and where to work.  The issue is how to be productive.  With many people working outside of a traditional office, new standards are needed to create a lean work environment. When possible, establish a dedicated work location. This will allow for your focus on work tasks only.  This will […]

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 […]