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: 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: GM to end production of current Chevy Volt

General Motors will halt production of the Chevrolet Volt electric car for the summer to eliminate over seven months of unsold inventory and smooth the way for the next generation of the hybrid sedan.  The first Volt went on sale in 2010 with high expectations, but sales have been lackluster amid low gasoline prices and […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: You could own Paul Walker’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Supra

In May, fans of the “Fast & Furious” movies will have the opportunity to buy the 1993 Toyota Supra driven by the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner.  Many will remember the drag race between the Supra and the black Dodge Charger driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dom Toretto attempting to beat an oncoming train. […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Could Six Sigma Have Saved Enron?

In my Lean Six Sigma classes, I’ve been ask if someone with Six Sigma training could have saved Enron.  This is a great question.  In my analysis is that an insider could have seen this coming and an external professional could with the right data.  This is powerful statement since many financial experts didn’t see […]

Gary Kapanowski: Wordle is the Word Cloud

Wordle is a great tool to assist in understanding your documents. This product will allow for you to “see” what the words are telling your reader. It visually describes what you are writing to your audience. For example, you want your name to be expressed the most, i.e. Gary Kapanowski. If the wordle output does […]