GARY KAPANOWSKI: The Power of Information

This is a great article discussing the age of real time information.  There has never been a time where people have access to real information in real time.  It is hard to hide macro event details.  Read this quick article to see if you agree with me that this is just our detection of the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Continuous Improvement Project Log

When a team completes a continuous improvement project, everyone feels a sense of pride and joy in doing good work for other team members and the organization.  As the Lean journey continues, the question becomes how do we learn from our mistakes to become better and faster?  The best way to do this is though […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Emoji not a Midwest thing?

Midwest employees frown on emoji trend, survey says Communication is always an interesting study and business communications can be ever more so.  In a recent study, Michigan emojis usage in business communications was far below the national average.  Some examples include the Michigan respondents viewed emoji use as a negative 47% compared to the national […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Which passports are the best (and worst) to have?

There is a service that advises individuals on passport citizen selection.  An index was computed with interesting results.  At the top of the list are the U.S. and the U.K., providing visa-free access to 147 countries.  This is mainly due to tourist dollars for the rest of the world.  The next group includes Germany, South […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Rich kids use the Internet to get ahead

As the great guitarist Eric Clapton says:  “It’s in the way that you use it”…. This perfectly summarizes this report regarding the culture based on economics, it really is surprising. Multiple studies gathering data from 1950+ indicate the use of technology and information is different across economic segments of the society.  The “Rich” utilize this […]

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: Why the Financial Crisis Took Economists By Surprise

This article is an excerpt from Alan Greenspan’s latest book, “The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting”.  As Lean Six Sigma professionals, we also value data and statistical modeling to solve problems.  We need to realize as Greenspan indicates don’t discount the negative tail in your analysis or the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: States with the most job openings for college graduates

For college graduates, job seeking is a long process.  It’s good to know there are ways to improve your odds in finding that first full time job.  The top locations include Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington State.  The bottom has West Virginia, Rhode Island and South Carolina.  What is impressive is that 63% of job openings […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: How family status affects women at work?

Raising the corporate ladder is difficult for anyone.  The latest research indicates being a woman with kids is not a favorable indicator for success.  The positive indicator of mentorship boosts the results for women.  The interesting fact from the article is that the supply of women with credible education backgrounds would point to a more […]