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Carefrontation — The Ultimate Leadership Trait

Great Leadership By Dan

DaVita operates more than 1,800 dialysis centers and employs over 40,000 people domestically. Here in Denver, DaVita Healthcare Partners has demonstrated how this philosophy can pay big dividends in the increasingly scrutinized world of healthcare service providers.

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Entrepreneurs Take On Manufacturing

Harvard Business Review

However, in recent years a parallel explosion of digital tools and services has taken place in the manufacturing realm as well, drawing in computer-assisted design and 3D printing equipment to open-source operating systems, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Second, a number of important inputs have gotten cheaper.

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It’s OK to Move Down (Yes, Down) the Value Chain

Harvard Business Review

Leaders of many companies — in industries ranging from contract manufacturing, and software services to consulting and health care — tell us the same thing: “We want to move up the value chain.” make your own operations more efficient. create the opportunity to invent new operations.

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It’s Time for Companies to Be Strategic About Energy

Harvard Business Review

Last year, networking giant Cisco Systems worked with one of its contract manufacturers in Malaysia to deploy 1,500 energy and temperature sensors on its manufacturing equipment. It’s time to move energy into the C-suite so executives can manage this critical component of operational performance in a more strategic way.

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CEOs Need to Get Serious About Sales

Harvard Business Review

But winning CEOs demand analytics from their sales organization (much as they do from operations or strategy) to help understand everything from the effectiveness of sales campaigns to opportunity analysis to performance reviews. CEOs generally don't want changes to how their sales force operates for fear of killing the golden goose.

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Community Financing Breathes Life into a New U.S. Manufacturing Firm

Harvard Business Review

Use doesn't require an operator or a witness, a point that sets it apart from breath analyzers: If no one is watching, you can have your sober friend blow into a breath detector, but you can't fool a TruTouch detector, which identifies the user with biometrics in the same instant as the alcohol test.

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3 Kinds of Jobs That Will Thrive as Automation Advances

Harvard Business Review

And it’s not just low skilled, manual labor that’s at risk — “knowledge” work like operational analytics and marketing is also being taken over by sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms. But other changes are also afoot, changes that could allow the human dimension of work to become more important.