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    Women and Leadership in the United States: Background & Issue

    - by Jennifer Priddy

    The concept of leaders and leadership continues to evolve in the modern world.  Part of that evolution involves the change in who is eligible to be a leader.  In looking at leadership opportunities for females, the evolution has been slow.  In Rhodes book, entitled Women and Leadership (2017), she looked at the history of women leaders, from the beginning of the 20th century going back 2000 years and found a total of only 850 female leaders worldwide, with many of those being considered leaders based on their connections to powerful males as mothers, wives, daughters, or mistresses.  In looking at…

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    Time – A Risk Source

    - by CERM Risk Insights

    We’re obsessed with Time. Songs and literature don’t forget to remind us that Time goes by, that Time is the key measure of almost everything, even of apparently very solid, indestructible structures as concrete walls. There’s a key question about Time, which is that we know Time’s effects but – as for many other of nature’s processes – we neither know nor understand Time’s rules. TIME IS ON MY SIDE! Just think of all these times:  The Rolling Stones’s song Time Is On My Side.  The Pink Floyd’s obsessively ticking clock in their song Time.  Kenneth Fearing’s 1946 novel The Big Clock – made into…

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    Eliminating Waste – Scheduling

    - by Joseph Paris

    If you ever find yourself saying; “There must be a better way”, I can guarantee you that there is.  All we must do is find it.  And, once a successful solution is suspected, try it.  And when found, implement. One of the biggest stones in my shoe was scheduling appointments and calls.  It was a giganormous time-suck. I am sure we have all experienced it.  Two people want to schedule time together.  One sends an email suggesting a time, and perhaps a few hours (or days) pass.  Then the response comes confirming.  But in the meantime, the slot has been…

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    8.5 “Must Know” Career Tips & Tricks (v.Done)

    - by Joseph Paris

    I have been an entrepreneur and in business – nonstop – since 1985.  And over the course of those 30-plus years, I have gained a lot of experience.  But as the saying goes; “Experience is the most difficult teacher, she gives the test first and teaches the lesson after.”  So I can say, with some degree of certainty, that I have made every mistake a business person could make.  Sometimes, I would repeat the mistake just to be certain. Fortunately, I always realized that what I did not know was a lot.  And I never hesitated to seek guidance if…

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    Leveraging Technology in Pharma

    - by Joseph Paris

    I am not easily impressed by technology.  In fact, I am often a contrarian and don’t easily buy into the hype of the “next great thing”.  It’s probably a combination of factors. One being that I started my professional career during the 1980’s and 90’s – a period of time when there was a veritable explosion in new technology.  A period of time when technology titans such as Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and Oracle (to name just a few) were born.  A time when mainframes were giving way to distributed computing and the internet was coming of age. Another factor was…

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    Who has the “Old Maid”?

    - by Joseph Paris

    I was speaking with a friend who is the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-national chemical processing company a few weeks ago.  We were speaking about the various challenges that he is facing, which are not unlike the challenges faced by many companies.  His most important goal was to maximize profits whilst minimizing inventory – nothing new here. We spoke about how he is trying to become specialized, being able to deliver short runs on short time schedules, but at higher margins.  But being a chemical company, the change-overs are a challenge and can easily negate any increase in expected…

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