ASA Insights
Dec. 30, 2010

7 Ways to Lead Without Uttering a Single Word
There is much written about the words leaders need to use, both in speech and on paper, to be effective. Words are certainly important, but there are other, more subtle messages that leaders send every day through their actions (or inactions) in the workplace. These messages can strongly reinforce your words, or render them ineffective or meaningless. Thus, every great leader needs to develop a strong self-awareness of their nonverbal communication, and use it consistently so they can "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk."More

Dave Barry on Supply Management
Dave Barry is probably a familiar name. In 1988, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. For 25 years, he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He has written more than 30 books, two of which were used as the basis for the sitcom "Dave's World." He also plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. What he's not, however, is an expert on supply management. He's also pretty foggy on the notion of sustainability as it pertains to the supply chain.More

Senate GOP Blocks Bill that Would Promote Less Outsourcing
The Washington Post
Senate Republicans on Sept. 28 blocked a Democratic plan to encourage companies to bring jobs back from overseas, as a united GOP caucus voted against a motion to debate the measure on the Senate floor. The motion failed 53 to 45. The legislation would have raised taxes on corporations that shift operations overseas, costing U.S. jobs. It also would have awarded companies that bring jobs back from abroad by offering a two-year hiatus from payroll taxes for those positions.More

China Now Set to Enter US Steel Market with Direct Manufacturing in Joint Venture
Supply Chain Digest
In somewhat surprising news, among continued trade spats between the U.S. and China over steel-related products, China's fourth or sixth largest steel company (depending on estimates) has announced plans for a joint venture that will give China its first foot hold in U.S. steel manufacturing. Anshan Iron and Steel Group Corp. recently announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with U.S. producer Steel Development Company to gain a stake in SDC's reinforcing steel bar plant, making it the first Chinese company to invest in a U.S. steel mill.More

Obama Signs Bill to Aid Manufacturers
The Epoch Times
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Aug. 12 to help American manufacturers and manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 eliminates some of the tariffs manufacturers pay on imported materials used in production. The tariff reduction is expected to significantly lower costs for American manufacturing companies, giving a boost to those they employ. Before signing the bill, Obama took a minute to speak about the progress made in the manufacturing job sector and his commitment to the sector.More