Contributed Blogs

Attack of the Robin Sages

070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.

The role of higher education as K-12 underperforms

ThumbChalkboardBY DEBRA RINGOLD | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Since 1970 the performance of our public education system has steadily deteriorated.

How communication styles can sabotage your work

052314 thumb commsBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

There are very different learning and communication styles. We all need to take charge of helping our bosses and peers get along with us better, and a first step is in knowing your own work style along these seven dimensions.

Building a better customer experience

BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

050914 thumb coxTo give customers better experiences, business owners need to understand the stories customers tell themselves about interacting with a given company.

Don't reorganize. Fix the fundamentals instead

.04.25.14 thumb fundamentalsBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Too many of us in business choose to reorganize rather than fix underlying issues.

Car ignition recalls and lean product design

04.11.14 thumb gm-gettyTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The auto industry is starting to share more costs across manufacturers for complex and challenging design work, like new transmission design, and certain new engine technologies. What we’re not yet seeing is wholesale outsourcing of “unavoidable waste” components to specialist companies.

How to handle the unexpected

03.28.14 thumb disasterBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

The next mysterious (or disastrous) event could be one that you or your team might suddenly need to respond to, probably under intense scrutiny.

How to help your staff solve their own problems

03.21.14 thumb coxcoffeeTOM COX | OB BLOGGER

During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.

Tech makes the world go round

03.20.14 thumb internetBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.