My firm sent me on a consulting assignment with a chemical manufacturer some years ago. I was working with a team trying to solve a business problem. Their customers, farmers, were complaining about a fertilizer product they produced. Farmers would find caked chemicals inside many of the fertilizer bags. These farmers need fertilizer to be in the form of prill (tiny little balls) so it would roll of the leaves when thrown into the crops. The problem with this company's fertil
Perhaps you are a brilliant engineer, a highly skilled marketer, or a genius at Finance- but if you are not paying attention to these 3 factors, your career is likely to bomb. 1. Become indispensable The popular myth is that “people” are the lifeblood of an organization. Unfortunately, only SOME people are important to the company. Everyone else is expendable because the company can replace them easily. Successful career professionals work hard to be in the first category.
Regardless of the industry you work in and how much experience you have, your critical thinking skills can make or break your career plans. Your ability to process and analyze information effectively is the Achilles’ heel of your professional career. Here are 4 ways you can sharpen your critical thinking skills to give your career the boost it needs: 1. Re-describe the problem We take other people’s description of a problem at face value before trying to solve it. A better
Many years ago I worked for a large American conglomerate as a project manager. Among other things I had to look after employee motivation in our Asian operations. One of the major factors in motivation was a staff member’s relationship with their manager. Some people were very happy with their managers and others were clearly not. This was a problem that I didn’t know how to solve. So I thought up a fun experiment. I asked to spend some time working closely with the highest