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Oct. 20, 2009
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Time for a Change? Call an Expert
from The New Zealand Herald
Throughout the recession many organizations, commercial and not for profit, have taken the opportunity to make changes to their business - to streamline resources, focus on core business or look at possibilities for growth. More

Networking: The Key to Ensuring Process Safety in the Future
from Engineer Live
The fundamental safety challenge to confront the major hazards industries is to drive down the rate of process safety incidents such as leaks and spills caused by loss of containment. It sounds simple but in fact although there is evidence to suggest that there are fewer year-on-year incidents, those that do occur tend to be more deadly, cause more damage and grab more headlines. More

Acclimating Newcomers to the Office
from The Wall Street Journal
For most managers, finding the right person for an open position is the biggest hurdle in hiring. But getting new hires on solid ground is key to making sure they will be effective on the job, says Karen Lawson, president of Landsdale, Pa.-based Lawson Consulting Group Inc. and author of, "New Employee Orientation Training." Here are some steps managers can take to make the transition smooth. More

The Myth Of Efficiency
from Forbes
Everyone talks about the need for innovation these days, but they especially talk about why businesses are so bad at it. Procter & Gamble recently reduced the washing power of Tide, labeled the new version "Basic," and trumpeted it as an innovation. More

Economist: Spend More to Develop Human Capital and Infrastructure
from Malaysia Star
Malaysia's medium to long term growth potential will be better served by more spending to develop human capital and physical infrastructure in order to be competitive, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief economist Dr Jong-Wha Lee. Budget 2010, which is scheduled to be announced soon, has been speculated to reflect the 1Malaysia concept besides having a lower operating expenditure due to the higher fiscal deficit this year. More

Teradata Announces Analytics Platform to Improve Manufacturing Performance Management
from Reuters
Teradata Corporation, the world's largest company solely focused on data warehousing and enterprise analytics, today announced the introduction of the new Teradata Manufacturing Analytics Platform. More

Gartner Advises Employers: Embrace Social Networking, Balance Risk and Performance
from IT Business Edge
For months, Lora Bentley has been reading and writing about social networking and the security and privacy issues such sites present to the corporate environment. Hackers see them as welcome and easy targets, and the blurry line between personal and professional on many of them makes it easier to inadvertently (or not so inadvertently) leak trade secrets and other sensitive information. Or to make comments that might be damaging to the brand, if not illegal altogether. More

Law Firms Look at Process Management
What do lawyers and general contractors have in common? Nothing yet. But the idea that the legal profession could look to the processes used by general contractors in completing a job was one raised at an Association of Corporate Counsel Value Challenge meeting in Philadelphia this summer. Project and process management -- in essence the antithesis of the billable-hour model -- is a concept being eyed by law firms as they try to ensure they can deliver the efficiency required to make good on their alternative fee arrangements. More

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