Upcoming webinar: 10 ways to screw up your Voice of the Customer | Manufacturing facts: Despite rhetoric, regulations are as burdensome as ever | Upcoming webinar: Important changes in proxy advisor policies
January 10, 2013
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Upcoming webinar: 10 ways to screw up your Voice of the Customer
Tuesday, January 29, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Register now for this webinar, recommended for anyone with input into new product development initiatives. Topics covered will include the 10 practices that seem logical but that can lead Voice of the Customer (VOC) research off course, how to ensure that the work leads to true innovation and how to use VOC as a springboard for creative ideation. Webinar
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Manufacturing facts: Despite rhetoric, regulations are as burdensome as ever
This week's excerpt from The Facts About Modern Manufacturing: More than any other sector, manufacturers bear the highest share of the cost of regulatory compliance. Many regulations have benefits for society, yet few people understand their costs and their impact on companies facing intense competition with overseas firms that often do not have similar costs. Manufacturers spend an estimated $192 billion annually to abide by economic, environmental and workplace safety regulations and ensure tax compliance -- equivalent to an 11% "regulatory compliance tax." Manufacturing Facts
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Upcoming webinar: Important changes in proxy advisor policies
Wednesday, January 16, 12:00 p.m. Eastern
The growing influence of shareholders will likely continue to pose challenges for companies in the 2013 proxy season. Boards are already facing the coercive effect on compensation decisions of say-on-pay voting and proxy advisors' related policies. Register now for this webinar, which will review the policy changes that guide proxy advisors' voting recommendations and strategies for diluting the impact of negative vote recommendations. Webinar
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MAPI in the News
Report: 2013 manufacturing growth will be "modest"
Manufacturing is expected to grow steadily through 2014, but Hurricane Sandy's destruction, uncertainty in Washington, D.C., and fears regarding the European economy are slowing the growth forecast to just 2% in 2013. "Although the pace should pick up in the second half of 2013 and during 2014, it will not be until the second half of 2014 that the economy grows at what could be called a moderate pace," MAPI says in its latest U.S. Industrial Outlook. Ideas Lab (1/2), IndustryWeek/Agence France-Presse (1/2), ThomasNet Industrial Newsroom (12/27)
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In the Industry
Small-business confidence drops to recession levels
The small-business optimism index rose 0.5 points in December but is still near recession levels, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. "Congress played chicken right up to the end of the year, leaving small-business owners with no new information about the economy's future -- no sense of how much their taxes would increase or if the economy would go over the now-infamous cliff," says NFIB Chief Economist William C. Dunkelberg. The Washington Times (1/8)
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IBM's home electronics shine at CES show
IBM's partnership with STMicroelectronics and Shaspa is creating a buzz at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, highlighting an industrywide focus on creating smarter homes. The trio is working on solutions to managing heating, lighting and security in the home through gestures and voice recognition. ZDNet (1/8)
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Aviation Capital Group orders 60 Boeing 737s
U.S.-based Aviation Capital Group has placed an order for $6 billion worth of Boeing 737 Max jets, the fuel-efficient plane that emits 13% less carbon dioxide than its predecessors. The order of 60 planes "is a major step in building our broad portfolio of modern, fuel-efficient airplanes," said Denis Kalscheur, Aviation Capital's CEO. "The 737 Max enables us to offer our customers airplanes that provide the fuel efficiency, reliability and passenger comforts needed to grow in tomorrow's marketplace." Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (1/2)
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Leadership and Strategy
Today's CFO evolves to fulfill company's unique needs
The role of the chief financial officer has expanded to include not only the responsibilities of financial reporting, planning and capital structure, but also capital allocation, portfolio management and even acting as the face of the company to investors. While it isn't feasible to demand all these expectations of one person, board members must discover which of these shoes they need their CFO to fill. McKinsey Quarterly (free registration) (1/2013)
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
-- Mahatma Gandhi,
Indian lawyer and activist
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