For those of you with the slightest interest in Blockchain, the discussion below is quite informative.  A good read even if your industry has limited Blockchain opportunities.

Understanding how blockchain creates business value is essential for companies to identify the right use cases and move beyond small pilots to widespread adoption.

Source: Blockchain explained: What it is and isn’t, and why it matters | McKinsey

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People who find meaning at work are happier, more productive, and more engaged. Four practical interventions can help make the search more likely to succeed.

Source: How to engage employees | McKinsey

Devex, USAID & DAI look ahead to the next 10 years and help gauge the skills you will need to thrive in a new era for global development.

Source: Next Generation Professional

A brief, but good article that covers many key points in running a business including:

  • Capital expansion
  • Employee training
  • Managing customer expectations
  • Environmental impact
  • Competition

Enjoy!

The public image of a soggy, disintegrating paper straw is inaccurate, says maker of paper straws

Source: How Do You Make a Good Paper Straw? – Eater

You need to solve fundamental problems

Source: Agility and Iteration Won’t Win the Future. Here’s What WIll: | Inc.com

DFW city representatives…you might want to take a look a this article.

Gigantic piles of impounded, abandoned, and broken bicycles have become a familiar sight in many Chinese cities, after a rush to build up its new bike-sharing industry vastly overreached.

Source: Bike Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles – The Atlantic

 

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I recently came across this article and was quite surprised. Not surprised that Wal-Mart is pushing suppliers to improve performance, but surprised that this is a new initiative.  The supply chain group at American Airlines, one of the best I have come across, was forcing their suppliers to improve in the areas of On Time Delivery, Early Deliveries, and On Time In Full back in 1999 / 2000.  As a supplier at the time to American, we learned a lot, and improved quite a bit.  If you happen to be a supplier to Wal-Mart, do not despair.  Improving these metrics in short order is very much achievable, without breaking the bank.

Source: Wal-Mart Will Punish Its Suppliers for Delivering Early – Bloomberg

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Not the most in-depth article, but not click bait either.  Yes, the death of American manufacturing has been exaggerated.  Clearly there have been significant losses in the manufacturing segment.  However, there are still  many bright spots.

The sector has shrunk, but it remains a significant part of the economy.

Source: Has the Death of American Manufacturing Been Exaggerated? – The Atlantic

As usual, I hope everyone enjoys the article.

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A couple of posts this morning about multi-tasking.  These articles do a much better job of explaining than I can, of why focusing on a few critical items is more productive than trying to multitask on a variety of un-prioritized items.

Only 3% of the population are “supertaskers.” The rest of us just pretend to be.

Source: “Personal kanban”: a time-management system that explodes the myth of multitasking — Quartz

https://qz.com/976473/the-scientific-case-for-single-tasking-instead-of-multitasking/

Life outside the classroom is sometimes just a little bit different.  My hat is off to the professors, though, for trying to put ideas into action.

Two law professors tried to mimic big activist hedge funds, investing their retirement savings in a small, languishing public company and trying to shake it up. Here’s what happened.

Source: Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure – The Atlantic