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: 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: Robert Reich on the election

Over the past several years, I’ve debated Robert Reich on his editorials in several newspapers and journals mainly on his facts leading to often misleading conclusions.  I want to applaud him in this case that I think he is on target with two of his points directly.  By using fact and Gemba, he has reached […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Bernanke explains that individuals were responsible for wrongdoing and not the firms in the financial crisis

This is a great insight on the post financial crisis aftermath. After everyone blamed the ones that fixed the problem and offered advice to provide counter measures to prevent the issue from reoccurring, we find out that many involved did not bear their responsibility as promised.  It seems this was something that was discussed to […]