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1. Does maturity really matter in leadership?
By Betty Boyd
Maturity is usually relegated to those individuals who are considered wise and sage. Maturity does not always mean you are of a certain age. Most people view someone that not only is mature but also has a position. Leadership expert John Maxwell relates, "Leadership is a process, not a position." Here are four tips on how maturity does matter regardless of your age in being a leader.
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2. How to negotiate nicely without being a pushover
Harvard Business Review
We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without burning important bridges?
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3. Mastering the basics of leading warehouse people
Ken Ackerman
In the warehouse, it is not uncommon for an outstanding forklift operator to be promoted into management. Yet, the promotion decision is frequently made because of an outstanding work effort, not because that person has any training or experience in managing the activities of other people. If the newly promoted supervisor or manager fails, the effect on the warehouse can be quite severe.
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4. Making your warehouse more effective
By Ken Ackerman
So much has been written on the subject of warehouse productivity improvement that one is tempted to believe nothing else needs to be said. Yet, in our constantly changing environment, we must look at new ideas from the present decade, as well as recycled ideas from the past. Certain things about warehousing do not change, at least not rapidly. Most warehousing is a service industry. Those who provide third-party services are a pure service industry, while private warehouses may have a mixed role. In either case, the warehouse has all of the peculiarities of a service industry.
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5. Preventing a talent gap in supply chain management
GreenBiz
When you hear about skills shortages and talent gaps, the discussion tends to surround STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — professions. However, a new concern also is breaking through. Supply chain management has become a far more complex and skill-demanding ordeal for businesses in a wealth of industries operating in virtually every location around the globe. Thankfully, it appears as though many businesses, including those operating within the manufacturing sector, are working to nip this problem in the bud by providing their own types of training for supply chain managers to digest.
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6. Prevent injury with these warehouse safety essentials
Safety.BLR.com
More than 360,000 people work at 16,000 warehouses and storage facilities in the United States, and the work they do is fraught with hazards. Keep reading to make sure your warehouse employees are aware of the risks and have the knowledge and skills to avoid them. There are four main causes of warehouse incidents: forklifts, back injuries, slips and falls, and struck-by/crush injuries from falling or collapsing boxes and products.
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7. What the most successful employers know
Fast Company
If you read the lists of best places to work, you might notice the same companies appear year after year. Google, Bain & Company, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Facebook and Twitter, for example, are perennial favorites on Glassdoor's annual list. Renowned perks like company chefs, nap rooms and massages might seem like obvious reasons for their ranking, but Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, says it's deeper than that; the best employers know how to use workforce data.
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