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December 13, 2012
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  • Ariens: Work on problem-solving skills
    Dan Ariens, president and CEO of Ariens Co. in Brillion, Wis., notes that the manufacturing industry has a skills gap in its workforce but says workers can learn those skills at the plant. What he would prefer to see students focus on in school is problem-solving. His company works with students at Brillion High School, and they visit the plant, getting involved in a "real live product-development process." The result is that students want to come work for the company, he says. BizTimes Milwaukee (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • If it's planted, it needs to be maintained
    The overgrown landscape at the administration building of the Los Angeles Police Department will be replaced after months of neglect. Planners had neglected to set aside money for maintenance. Plants including rosemary and red fescue grass will be removed and replaced with species that are easier for the city to maintain. Los Angeles Downtown News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manufacturers hold off on investments due to "fiscal cliff" uncertainty
    The looming "fiscal cliff" has resulted in uncertainty for major U.S. manufacturers. "It has slowed the business," says David Meline, chief financial officer at 3M. However, many manufacturing executives have confidence that President Barack Obama and members of Congress will come up with a plan to avoid the "cliff." Reuters (12/12), Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Median pay raise will be 3% in 2013, survey finds
    The median salary boost next year is expected to be about 3% as employers remain cautious because of a sluggish economy, finds a Buck Consultants survey. "I think this is a trend that will continue until we see fairly significant economic growth," said David Van De Voort, a principal with Buck. Employee Benefit News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • You must plan for your business' ongoing success
    It's a good idea to hold an annual planning session that allows your team to refocus on the tasks that really matter and recommit to driving organizational change, writes John Jantsch. This sort of planning also allows you to determine who within your organization will be in charge of various projects, he writes. Duct Tape Marketing (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How social media makes companies more innovative
    Social media is potentially a powerful innovation-driver, writes Alexandra Samuel. Social chatter doesn't just provide real-time data -- it also creates pressure for change while highlighting "an area of business opportunity or vulnerability," she writes. "[I]f we do better with social today, we'll be better prepared to change and adapt tomorrow," Samuel adds. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Push for U.S. trade deal with EU picks up momentum
    A U.S.-EU free-trade area may be moving closer to becoming a reality. A committee is set to report in the next few weeks on whether it is practical to put half of the world's economic output into a single trade bloc with coordinated regulation and reduced tariffs. The Washington Post (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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