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Disadvantages of lean management

26 Jun

In my last article I wrote about lean management and that this strategy is a great innovation for many reasons, and one of them is time saving. Well of course this is great, I do less and do get more time to do other things. But on the other hand I feel like I am always under pressure.  In the sense of I have more time for other things, so during the day I do a lot more, in the end I am busy the hole day. And I get this uncomfortable feeling- this will never end- which can lead to burn out (read more about this in Jules post).

From this perspective, I began to search for the disadvantages of lean management. For my essay in Work Business & Society I am reading “The Machine that changed the world” is a report that is written by Daniel T. Jones. I found really interesting disadvantages from the Japanese perspective.

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What ABOUT.ME?

25 Jun

A lot of companies are using Social Media and Networks for the recruiting process. They want to find out more about the job candidates. It is important for them to get to know how this person acts in “real life”.

Often it is the case that job candidates dissimulate during the job interview and the recruiter therefore cannot find out, what kind of person is sitting in front of him or her.

At this point Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are jumping in and changing the whole first impression that you got from the job candidate. Those Social Networks could change the opinion of the hiring manager from hiring you to definitely NOT hiring you. But what could you do to improve your whole online profile?

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Lean management

19 Jun

Many people want to achieve much through little effort and there is nothing wrong with it. Because time is valuable and you have to use the time efficiently. Through small changes in the everyday life, we get much more than by radical changes. For example: people who have no time to exercise, but really want it can make use of interval training.

“High-intensity interval training is twice as effective as normal exercise,” said Jan Helgerud. It also saves a lot of time because it is much shorter than the normal training.

And for successful companies lean management is the right thing.

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Green Industry from many points of view

15 Jun

First of all, what exactly is “green industry”?

On many blogs, you can find a lot of definitions that define “green industry” mainly as any activity or service that performs at least one of the following:

· Generating renewable energy

· Recycling existing materials

· Energy efficient product manufacturing, construction, installation, and maintenance

· Education, compliance and awareness

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“Hire for Attitudes, train for Skills?”

11 Jun

In my last blog post “How to find the RIGHT people for your team?” I introduced some ways, how managers decide which people they are going to hire and which not. So I found out that you need “A-players” and “high-standard people” to build a creative and innovative team and to achieve your mission.

However, in one of my blog posts “Future without qualification” I wanted to know, whether qualification or skills are more important. After I did some research I got a whole different view of this topic. From qualification or skills I came to attitude or skills.

For this blog post I questioned myself, what is more important for the managers and the recruiters, attitude or skills? I found some very interesting opinions and answers on this question, which I will show you in the following.

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He didn´t walk over to the east side of campus…

8 Jun

Criticism on the “Limits to Growth”

In my last post, I wrote about the shift of industry to “green products” and sustainable growth, as a reaction on the publication “The Limits to Growth” in 1972.

However, this book has not only been praised, it was also criticized strongly and provoked a big debate on the topics like limitations, scarce resources and the overshooting growth.

One of the main arguments of the opponents was that the publication was not scientific and detailed enough and therefore not accurate, because of the ignorance of other economic models and assumptions. As a consequence, opponents argued that the computer model, that the author used to run the scenarios of possible future developments, was misleading. Continue reading

By new experiences to success

5 Jun

This week I want to consider a new topic: how do I become a good manager? I believe that every person is a manager. We all have to organize our time, whether for cooking or eating, bathing or sleeping. But I’m going to deal with the manager as a career. There are many different tasks confronting managers. One of the responsibilities is to keep the workers satisfied, happy and motivated to work hard. Sounds like a challenge, but is it really so difficult?

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