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Are You Drowning in Data?-Data is so prevalent today in organizations. Marketing departments look at impressions, web site visits, time on web site, the Quality team looks at… Read More
“Pressure Testing” your Business Processes-COVID-19 activated many Crisis Management plans within the industries with which my firm supports. As executives began to address, identify, and mitigate COVID-19 risks… Read More
continental structural plasticsContinental Structural Plastics chooses Visuant® for Business Performance Process-Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a world leader in lightweight composite materials formulation, advanced product design, and manufacturing technologies, has selected Visuant®, a Business Performance… Read More
pressure test business process“Pressure Testing” your Business Processes-COVID-19 activated many Crisis Management plans within the industries with which my firm supports. As executives began to address, identify, and mitigate COVID-19 risks to… Read More
Are You Drowning in Data?-Data is so prevalent today in organizations. Marketing departments look at impressions, web site visits, time on web site, the Quality team looks at… Read More
Roofs, Reflection and Focus-As I write this, I am serenaded by the sounds of hammering, banging, and footsteps. We are getting a new roof and the noise… Read More
productivity3 Ways to Optimize Productivity in Fragmented Workplaces-With fast-changing markets, fragmented teams, and unprecedented business disruption, so how can new work management approaches help leaders optimize productivity on the right work?… Read More
The Beauty of Change-It is in times like these that I am reminded of the definition of change; to make or become different. And I think that… Read More
tips for working from homeWorking Remotely During Challenging Times-From stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and face masks at the grocery store, who would have thought just two (2) short months ago, our world… Read More
home office9 Tips to Maximize Productivity at Your Home Office Workspace-Whether you have realized your dream of working from home or found yourself caught up in a quarantine or shelter in place directive, setting… Read More
Do you want to increase employee engagement and ownership in your organization?-One of the challenges Plant Managers face is to how to connect employees to the business so they can see how they impact the… Read More
Altruistic LeadershipAltruistic Leadership-To all those altruistic leaders out there putting the well-being of others above your own, we thank you! It is often in times of… Read More
Creative Ideas to Stay Connected to Your Team-Now that many of us have been working from home for awhile, we've seen lots of creative ideas emerge to help teams stay connected… Read More
Do You Want a Culture of Accountability?-“Culture of accountability” is a term I hear several times each month. Leaders talk about wanting to have a culture where accountability is embedded… Read More
operational excellenceAchieve Operational Excellence through Process Based Leadership®-Achieve Operational Excellence through Process Based Leadership® “Create the Conditions for Engagement” Right out of the gate, I would like to pose a few… Read More
resilienceRESILIENCE – “Increase the Curve” to a New Beginning-RESILIENCE – “Increase the Curve” to a New Beginning I’m sure we have all heard phrases such as “It’s easy to lead and navigate… Read More
How to Operate Business as Usual when Business is Not as Usual-As people adapt to a new normal including teleworking and no travel—Business Processes become even more important to sustain business focus, engagement and communications… Read More
Leaning into Your Processes in Times of Uncertainty-WOW! What a month…Thirty days ago we were experiencing the emotional highs of optimism, growth, and profitability and now the feelings of anxiety, fear,… Read More
5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement-  5 Tips to Improve Employee Engagement An astounding 70% of U.S. workers are either not engaged or are actively disengaged, according to a recent survey… Read More
business cultureThree Tips to Transform the Culture of Your Workplace-  Inconsistent leadership practices within an organization can be one of the worst morale busters to your workforce. Striving for consistency in your leadership… Read More
The 4 Key Elements of Effective Communication-One of the leading factors in determining the success or failure of organizations is the effectiveness of their people to properly communicate with each… Read More
Annual Human Resources Management Conference-Seth Davies, Senior Vice President of Competitive Solutions, Inc. will speak at the 65th Annual Human Resources Management Conference in Birmingham, Alabama on October… Read More
Internal Benchmarking-Sometimes the secrets of success can be found by looking internally for solutions. One of the best ways of benchmarking within your organization is… Read More
Productivity | Managing Interruptions-Do you ever ask yourself the question, “Where did all of my time go?” If so, you are not alone. The average employee spends… Read More
Engage Your Team with Productive Meetings-To enhance and encourage a culture of engagement, try implementing the following 5 tips at your next meeting: If you are the team’s formal leader… Read More
Is Your Team Winning or Losing?-How would your employees answer this question: Is your team winning or losing? In many companies, employees have very little, if any knowledge, about the… Read More
The Keys to Drive Accountability [Infographic]-How can you implement a culture of accountability? Applying the philosophy is more practical than you may think. When used in your weekly staff… Read More
3 Tips to Better Meetings-Meetings are an essential part of every organization and the ability to run effective meetings is a critical part of your organization’s success. Keeping… Read More
Passive Report or Active Positioning Device?-Business intelligence tools offer countless ways to slice and dice data. Enamored by yet another way to collect data, many organizations today have built… Read More
Why Use Business Process Software?-Business Process Software (BPS) is used to consolidate and analyze an organization’s raw data into one reporting system. The goal of BPS is to… Read More
Engage Your Team!-Shift from a Leader Driven Meeting to a Team Driven Meeting To enhance and encourage a culture of engagement, shift from a leader driven… Read More
How to Drive Employee Engagement-Is a disengaged workforce causing you sleepless nights? According to the Gallup organization, companies with engaged employees outperform those without them by a whopping 202%,… Read More
4 Truths of Business Scorecards-Whether you use Microsoft Excel or a highly complex and complicated business intelligence tool, most organizations spend too much of their time gathering data,… Read More
Business Process Software That Drives Continuous Improvement-Business Process Software That Drives Continuous Improvement Competitive Solutions, Inc Launches Visuant 4.0 Does your organization have too much data, too many systems, no… Read More
3 Tips for Distributing Key Business Information-3 Tips for Distributing Key Business Information Do you have important information that you want every employee to know? Do you have a standard… Read More
Using a Business Scorecard to Tell the Story of Your Organization-Using a Business Scorecard to Tell the Story of Your Organization Storytelling is a useful business tool to communicate, educate, and connect with others… Read More
Tips to Deal with Conflict and Increase Productivity-Tips to Deal with Conflict and Increase Productivity The workplace is more diverse than ever before. Leaders have teams with a variety of individual backgrounds,… Read More
Waste Identification Leads to Increased Operational Effectiveness-Waste Identification Leads to Increased Operational Effectiveness What is waste in an operational environment in the first place? Driving a culture of waste elimination… Read More
How to Connect & Engage ALL Employees-How to Connect & Engage ALL Employees Did you know that on average only 4% of problems are known to top managers, while 100%… Read More
HR Metrics that Matter-HR Metrics that Matter Looking across many organizations, most HR metrics today are established in a vacuum, there are way too many and they… Read More
Is Your Communication like a Game of Telephone?-Is Your Communication like a Game of Telephone? Do you have an active rumor mill in your organization? Do you hear things and wonder… Read More
Top Three Issues with Business Scorecards-Top Three Issues with Business Scorecards "Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can't measure something,… Read More
5 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders-Five Communication Secrets of Great Leaders It is impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. It is the ability to… Read More
Measuring Performance: Why Use a Scorecard-Measuring Performance: Why Use a Scorecard “Scorecards make the meaning of success tangible for your organization.” Scorecards are the performance management tool that compares… Read More
How to Develop Your Leadership Portfolio-How to Develop Your Leadership Portfolio Whether new to a leadership role or a seasoned veteran, understanding your current capabilities and areas for improvement… Read More
3 Tips to Transform the Culture of Your Workplace-  3 Tips to Transform the Culture of Your Workplace Inconsistent leadership practices within an organization can be one of the worst morale busters… Read More
How to Take Control of Your Career-Engaged employees identify strongly with the statement, “You own your career”. They do not wait for luck, chance, or to be tapped for the… Read More
Why Your Excel Spreadsheet Fails as a Scorecard-One of the most popular uses of spreadsheets is for Business Scorecards. Electronic spreadsheets arrived in the late 1970s as a replacement for bookkeeping… Read More
Are you in the Management Dumpster? Take the Assessment!-A dumpster, by definition, is a commercial trash and garbage receptacle found behind most businesses. In it are placed the discards from the day’s… Read More
Does the DMAIC Process support quick wins?-Does the DMAIC Process support quick wins? Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) is a methodical approach to continuous improvement focused on data… Read More
5 Tips to Engage Your Employees-  5 Tips to Engage Your Employees “If you are only doing what you are getting paid for, and doing it no better than the… Read More
OpEx: Creating a Cultural Transformation-Operational Excellence: Cultural Transformation Do you have an empowered, engaged, and passionate workforce collectively working toward common goals throughout the entire organization? A cultural transformation… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: Understands that Systems are Broken- Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] Part 9: Understands that Systems are Broken It has been said, that Generation Z understands that systems are… Read More
Operational Excellence Utilization-Operational Excellence Utilization In today’s business environment, organizations are challenged to become more efficient and effective each day. Many companies invest massive amounts of… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: On Camera Presence-Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] Part 6: On Camera Presence Having been photographed and recorded all their lives, Generation Z is no stranger to… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: Preference for Immediacy in Delivery of Goods and Services-Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] Part 5: Preference for Immediacy in Delivery of Goods and Services Growing up in an on-demand economy, Generation… Read More
Business Bootcamp Webinar | December 7th-Business Bootcamp Webinar: How Successful Organizations are Increasing Engagement, Execution, and Earnings December 7th at 2:00pm EST (60 minutes) Participate in a leadership forum… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: Preference for Person to Person Contact-Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] PART 4: Preference for Person to Person Contact To all of us who have worried about the impact that… Read More
Click Here for Executive Business Bootcamp & Plant Tour Information-Executive Business Bootcamp & Plant Tour Information A 1.5-day immersive experience. Participate in an executive leadership forum to learn how to drive employee engagement, redefine organizational accountability, and deliver… Read More
8 Leadership Attributes of a Highly Engaged Workforce [Series]-Eight Foundational Leadership Attributes of Engagement PART 4 The Engagement Attributes of (7) Passionate Self-Motivation and (8) Positive Affirmation Think of a person at your work… Read More
4 Reasons to Audit Your Scorecard-4 Reasons to Audit Your Scorecard Your financial measures are audited regularly to ensure that they are accurate and meet professional standards; there are… Read More
Where Executive Sponsorship Fails-Where Executive Sponsorship Fails From a simple two hour team building seminar to an enterprise wide LEAN transformation, one cannot underestimate both the power… Read More
What Top Business Books on Organizational Transformation Aren't Telling You- Why Your Business Books Are Failing You We tend to over-complicate things in business, and when it comes to defining what successful business transformation looks like,… Read More
Here's Why 70% of Business Transformations Fail-Here's Why 70% of Business Transformations Fail Transformation shouldn’t be that complicated. Like Blocking and Tackling in football the key is the basics, If… Read More
6 Benefits of Benchmarking-The Benefits of Benchmarking Benchmarking is a common practice and sensible exercise to establish baselines, define best practices, identify improvement opportunities and create a… Read More
Rockline Industries Reaches Major Safety Milestone with Eight Million Safe Work Hours at Arkansas Plant-Congratulations Rockline Industries! Rockline Industries recently announced that the Arkansas Department of Labor has recognized its Springdale, Ark. manufacturing facility with an award for… Read More
Executive Business Bootcamp & Plant Tour-Executive Business Bootcamp & Plant Tour A 1.5-day immersive experience. Participate in an executive leadership forum to learn how to drive employee engagement, redefine organizational accountability, and deliver bottom-line… Read More
2 Day Experiential Learning Breakdown-Executive Business Bootcamp & Plant Tour Day 1 - Business Bootcamp Strategies Without sustainable systems, leaders will never be able to truly "Transform the… Read More
8 Leadership Attributes of a Highly Engaged Workforce [Series]-Eight Foundational Leadership Attributes of Engagement PART 3 The Engagement Attributes of (5) Ownership for Development and (6) Collaborative Mentoring and Coaching Engaged employees identify strongly… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: The Desire for Purpose and Fulfillment-Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] PART 3: The Desire for Purpose and Fulfillment Generation Z wants more than just a job, they seek a job with… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: the Entrepreneurial Mindset [Series]-Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] PART 2: The Entrepreneurial Mindset An entrepreneurial mindset is not synonymous with becoming an entrepreneur. Generation Z tends to gravitate… Read More
Top 10 Employee Engagement Statistics of 2017-Employee Engagement Statistics   Disengaged Employees Quit Their Jobs 51% of workers are looking to leave their current jobs Can you imagine that more… Read More
8 Leadership Attributes of a Highly Engaged Workforce [Series]-Eight Foundational Leadership Attributes of Engagement PART 2 The Engagement Attributes of (3) Understanding and Utilization of Continuous Improvement (CI) and (4) Accountability through Action… Read More
I just came back from Vacation and Missed the ENTIRETY of Scaramucci's Career-I just came back from Vacation and Missed the ENTIRETY of Scaramucci's Career Anthony Scaramucci is out as the White House Communications Director. Scaramucci… Read More
Getting to Know Generation Z: the Intrapersonal and Independent Learners [Series]-Getting to Know Generation Z [Series] PART 1: The Intrapersonal and Independent Learners Research described in the book, Generation Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller… Read More
Five Steps to Minimizing Performance Barriers-Five Steps to Minimizing Performance Barriers "There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our… Read More
Leadership GPS – Are Your Leaders Lost?-"Invest in Your People" Leadership Development Are Your Leaders Lost without their GPS? In today’s business environment, organizations need everyone, both leaders and team… Read More
Communication Secrets of the World's Most Influential Leaders-Communication Secrets of the World's Most Influential Leaders It is impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator. It is the… Read More
8 Leadership Attributes of a Highly Engaged Workforce [Series]-Eight Foundational Leadership Attributes of Engagement PART 1 To place a framework around the key behaviors required to generate the output of increased engagement,… Read More
9 Preferences and Ideologies of Generation Z that will Re-Shape the Work Climate-9 Preferences and Ideologies of Generation Z that will Re-Shape the Work Climate Ready or not, here they come! You may notice some slight nuances… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – 4 Summer Workplace Safety Tips for the 4th of July-4 Summer Workplace Safety Tips to Keep Your Workforce Successful With July 4th right around the corner, safety is the topic at the forefront… Read More
Moving Leaders From a Position of “Defense” to “Offense”-PROCESS BASED LEADERSHIP® & LEADER STANDARD WORK: Consistently focus on, role model and confirm the behaviors and activities that demonstrate the habits of effective… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – 10 Things That Require Zero Talent-Within the boundaries of the business world, talent is often ascribed as a primary contributor of success. However, placing too much stock in this… Read More
The Countdown Is On: Attendees, Get Ready For SHRM 17' (Video Preview)-The countdown is on. We're merely days away from SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition, and our excitement is palpable - so much so that we are… Read More
Shane Yount to Speak at SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition-New Orleans, LA: Shane Yount, Principal / Author with Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI), will speak at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition on Sunday, June 18th,… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – Using Scorecards to Motivate (Infographic)-Stop using spreadsheets! If you would like more information, join our free webinar on June 8th entitled “The Pitfalls and Payoffs of Using Business… Read More
Why Your Excel Spreadsheet Fails as a Scorecard-One of the most popular uses of spreadsheet software is for Business Scorecards. Is this a good decision? Electronic spreadsheets arrived in the late… Read More
SHANE YOUNT & FRANK HACKER FROM ROCKLINE WILL SPEAK TODAY AT THE 2017 INDUSTRY WEEK EVENT- COMPETITIVE SOLUTIONS & ROCKLINE INDUSTRIES TEAM UP TO GIVE GREAT PRESENTATION Cleveland, OH: Shane Yount, Principal / Author with Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI),… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – Using Your Scorecard Data Effectively-Whether it is too much data, too complex data, or most often, the lack of acute business acumen to process the data, most companies… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – Why Use Data to Measure Your Business Performance?-Business Scorecards and Dashboards are performance management tools that display historical trends and compare strategic goals against actual results. These tools allow management to… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – Podcast of Business Bootcamp-Everyone is raving about Shane Yount’s Business Bootcamp presentations at the American Manufacturing Summit and the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit. Since many of… Read More
SHANE YOUNT SPEAKING TODAY AT THE TEXAS SHRM LEADERSHIP MEETING-SHANE YOUNT SPEAKING TODAY AT THE TEXAS SHRM LEADERSHIP MEETING Austin, TX: Shane Yount, Principal / Author with Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI), will speak… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – The Engagement Attributes of Ownership for Development and Collaborative Mentoring and Coaching-Engaged employees identify strongly with the statement, “You own your career”. They do not wait luck, chance, or to be tapped for the next… Read More
SHANE YOUNT SPEAKING TODAY AT NORTH AMERICAN MANUFACTURING EXCELLENT SUMMIT-SHANE YOUNT SPEAKING TODAY AT NORTH AMERICAN MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE SUMMIT Chicago, IL: Shane Yount, Principal / Author with Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI), will speak… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – The Engagement Attributes of Business Acumen & Altruistic Decision Making-Think back to the first time you were empowered to make a business decision. What was the situation? Did you feel prepared? Did you… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – Looking for New Ideas to Optimize Business Performance?-Inconsistent and inadequate leadership practices within an organization can be one of the worst morale busters to your workforce. Striving for consistency in your… Read More
SOAHR to New Heights with CSI Speaker Paul Campbell-SOAHR to New Heights with CSI Speaker Paul Campbell Atlanta, GA: Paul Campbell, Business Scorecard Expert/Partner with CSI, will speak at the SHRM Atlanta… Read More
CSI to Speak at 2017 ISO 9000/Lean & Six Sigma World Conference-CSI to Speak at 2017 ISO 9000/Lean & Six Sigma World Conference Nashville, TN: Korey Zawakzki, Senior Consultant / Partner with CSI, will speak… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – 8 Foundational Attributes of Engagement-A question we frequently get from our clients, is,“How do I get my employees to be more engaged in the business?” Leaders are searching… Read More
SHANE YOUNT TO PROVIDE GREAT PRESENTATION AT AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SUMMIT 2017-SHANE YOUNT TO PROVIDE GREAT PRESENTATION AT AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SUMMIT 2017 Chicago, IL: Shane Yount, Principal / Author with Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI), will speak… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – 9 Questions to End Your Meeting Misery – A Meeting Audit-With more than twenty-five years of working with organizations around the world, we have identified a group of distinctive meeting personalities called the "Wasteful… Read More
Business Bootcamp – May 17th & 18th, Atlanta, GA-Business Bootcamp - May 17th & 18th, Atlanta, GA How do you build a high performing culture that collectively and consistently moves the business?… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET THE OXYGEN THIEF-Do you have an employee in your organization that uses the oxygen supply in the meeting room at a rate disproportionate to their contribution… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET MRS. GRAPEVINE-Do you have employees in your organization that have nothing better to do than spread information throughout the workplace? They frequently take a partial… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET MR. I GOT IT-Do you have people that volunteer to take an action to complete, but this action never gets done? Do you have meeting participants who… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET MR. NO DATA-Do your meetings provide your organization with data? Is the data provided at your meetings relevant and accurate? If you waste time in meetings… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET THE HISTORIAN-Do you waste time in your meetings rehashing past events? Is there a person focused on what you used to do, not what you… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – MEET THE TOURIST-Meeting Tourists are a big contributor to the money we waste in meetings every day. How do you get an employee who only fills… Read More
YOUR TUESDAY TIP – END YOUR MEETING MISERY-Cut the time you spend in meetings in half! No one minds going to a meeting if it is productive and something gets done!… Read More
AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 4)-AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 4) Prioritization Matrix: An important tool to assist a team in determining what projects/initiatives to… Read More
AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 3)-AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 3) Leader Process Confirmation: Leader Process Confirmation lists specific criteria that helps leaders determine if… Read More
Preparing for 2017 – Tips for Auditing your Scorecard-Preparing for 2017 – Tips for Auditing your Scorecard Even the best Business Scorecards need to be revised and updated regularly. Organizations that effectively… Read More
AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 2)-AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 2) Taking a closer look at a few of the elements of an AIC: Meeting… Read More
AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 1)-AREA INFORMATION CENTERS: Connecting All Employees to Performance (Part 1)   Creating and sustaining high performance throughout any organization requires the collective engaged efforts… Read More
Building Leaders on the Global Stage-South San Francisco, CA: Roche graduated seven participants from Competitive Solutions, Inc. Leadership GPS® program which focuses on enhancing the leadership and management skills… Read More
3 Steps to Measure Business Performance-3 Steps to Measure Business Performance Imagine driving your car across the country without a dashboard in front of you. How would you know… Read More
Three Steps to Accountability Within Your Organization-Three Steps to Accountability Within Your Organization Your Tuesday Tip “Create caring and robust connections between every employee and their work, customers, leaders, managers,… Read More
Create Behavioral Expectations to Support a High Performing Organization-Create Behavioral Expectations to Support a High Performing Organization “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey… Read More
Competitive Solutions, Inc. Releases Dynamic Training Program Leadership GPS – Aligning Goals, People, and Systems for Sustainable Success®-Competitive Solutions, Inc. Releases Dynamic Training Program Leadership GPS – Aligning Goals, People, and Systems for Sustainable Success® Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI) is transforming… Read More
Competitive Solutions, Inc. Speaks at Greater Baton Rouge SHRM Chapter Meeting Seth Davies Provides Expert Advice to SHRM Attendees-Competitive Solutions, Inc. Speaks at Greater Baton Rouge SHRM Chapter Meeting Seth Davies Provides Expert Advice to SHRM Attendees Competitive Solutions, Inc. Speaks at… Read More
New book, Leading Your Business Forward, Will Provide the Reader with a Practical Set of Tools, Thoughts, and Systems to Put Them on the Proverbial Road to Success-ALPHARETTA, GA — The partners of Competitive Solutions, Inc. (CSI) are excited to announce the development of what is sure to be their bestselling… Read More
Advice to Leaders: Leave Your Legacy Now!-RALEIGH, N.C. — “Leaders have been conditioned to think about the future. But in doing so, they have forgotten about the present. And the… Read More
BURIED ALIVE! Digging out of a Management Dumpster-RALEIGH, N.C. — Let's get real. All of the touchy-feely leadership stuff of the last decade has not really served you nor many others… Read More

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