Foreword

2011

Up Front: Make It Yours

by Sanders, Seiche

Earlier this year, ManpowerGroup reported that 52% of U.S. employers are having difficulty filling mission-critical positions--up from only 14% in 2010. But how can that be, with unemployment in the 9% range? ......


Up Front: Young Love

by Sanders, Seiche

This month, I can’t help but gush about our “40 New Voices of Quality” feature. What’s most exciting is not just what these individuals have accomplished in their relatively brief careers, but what they will bring to the future of quality....


Up Front: Picking Up Pace

by Sanders, Seiche

We've all had these conversations, and yet they never fail to blow your mind: "When I was young, we didn't have [color TV, VCR, microwave, computer, etc.]." "Remember 'bag' phones?" "Remember going to the library to research a paper, then typing it..."...


Up Front: Old Dog, New Trick

by Sanders, Seiche

Newer isn't always better, and some things just stand the test of time, such as classic movies, the taste of homemade pancakes with real butter and syrup, or music from the 1980s. That last one might draw some argument. But new spins on established ideas....


Up Front: Make It Work

by Sanders, Seiche

In the Workforce Focus section of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, the question is posed: "How do you engage your workforce to achieve organizational and personal success?"...


Up Front: In Good Company

by Sanders, Seiche

Have you heard of the Kevin Bacon game? The goal is to try to link actors to Kevin Bacon based on the movie connections they share--the assertion being that almost everyone is connected to the "Footloose" star by six degrees of separation or less......


Up Front: Brighten, Tighten

by Sanders, Seiche

While there is no surefire way to plan and schedule innovation as you would a product, there are benefits to looking at it within a process framework....


Up Front: Risk Ready

by Sanders, Seiche

When a profound disaster occurs, such as the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan in March, it's hard to look critically at what preventive steps might have minimized teh destruction......


Up Front: It's All About You

by Sanders, Seiche

If there's a will there's a way, and if there's a way, we'll find it. Providing ASQ members value has been my battle cry of late. That's not to say QP editors aren't already dedicated to providing readers the content, ideas and information......


Up Front: Active Social Life

by Sanders, Seiche

I live and die by reminders. My alarm clock reminds me--in its own special way--to get out of bed in the morning. My computer and my phone warn me of impending meetings. I ahave reminders set to update scorecards, submit reports......


Up Front: Happy Birthday!

by Sanders, Seiche

Sixty-five years ago this month, the Society of Quality Control Engineers and the Society for Quality Control merged to form the American Society for Quality Control (Control was dropped from the name in 1997)....


Up Front: Positions of Power

by Sanders, Seiche

One not-so-funny joke going around these days is that the bonus coming from your organization this year is that you get to keep your job. With the ebb and flow in demand for employees, employers currently reign supreme. They know they can hire fewer ......



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